Immigration Law

If your practice involves immigration, you’ve come to the right place. FindLaw's collection of Immigration Law articles, part of the Corporate Counsel Center Law Library, contains a wealth of information covering key topics like the manner in which the United States federal government controls the flow of foreign nationals into our country to the nuances of obtaining legal status of persons born outside the U.S. If you need more information on distinctions between natural born citizens and foreign nationals seeking immigrant or nonimmigrant visas, click on the links below. Keep in mind: states have very little control over visa procedures or regulations, with the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution trumping nearly all attempted state or local legislation surrounding immigration. You will also find articles on H-1B visas and related immigration legislation as well as a useful guide on the steps to help your clients become legal U.S. citizens.
Immigration Law Articles
    • Waivers, Exceptions & Special Cases
      Generally, certain lawful permanent residents married to a U.S. citizen may file for naturalization after residing continuously in the United States for three years if immediately preceding the filing of the application: There are also exceptions ...

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    • What is Conditional Permanent Residency?
      If the marriage is less than two years old when the foreign-born spouse receives residency, both spouses must submit a joint petition (form I-751), the "Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence." The I-751 has two purposes. The I-751 is used ...

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    • What is the Affidavit of Support?
      The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA) provided that a family-based immigrant or an employment-based immigrant (if a relative of the alien is the petitioner or owns significant interest in the petitioning ...

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    • Tips for United States Visas: Business and Pleasure
      Visitors - Business and Pleasure Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The "visitor ...

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    • Tips for United States Visas: Exchange Visitors
      The Immigration and Nationality Act provides two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States. The "J" visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the U.S ...

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    • Tips for United States Visas: Family Based Immigrants
      FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRANTS The Immigration and Nationality Act allows for the immigration of foreigners to the United States based on relationship to a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Family-based immigration falls under two basic categories ...

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    • Tips for United States Visas: Foreign Students
      The Immigration and Nationality Act provides two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons wishing to study in the United States. The "F" visa is for academic studies, and the "M" visa is for nonacademic or vocational studies. Changes in U.S ...

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    • Tips for United States Visas: Immigrant
      IMMIGRANTS Immigrants to the United States are divided into two categories: (I) those who may obtain permanent residence status without numerical limitation, and (II) those subject to an annual limitation. The latter category is further divided into ...

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    • Tips for U.S. Visas: Fiancee(e)s
      The Immigration and Nationality Act provides a nonimmigrant visa classification "K-1" for aliens coming to the United States to marry American citizens and reside here. To establish K-1 visa classification for an alien fiance(e), an American citizen ...

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    • The National Customer Service Center
      Introduction Numbers to Call Hours of Operation Automated Services and Live Assistance Details on Assistance Available and Rules (PDF file) Assistance on Pending Applications by Phone Change of Address - for Naturalization Applicants Only Request ...

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