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Frequently Asked Questions About Immigration
Q: Who is permitted to enter the U.S. from a foreign country?
A: U.S. law establishes four principal means by which a foreign national can legally enter the country: employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, refugee or asylee status and the diversity lottery. Each category covers a variety of situations, some allowing permanent immigration and some only temporary stays in the country. The government allows temporary or permanent immigration for economic reasons such as filling jobs U.S. workers are not taking, and for humanitarian reasons such as reuniting families, or granting asylum or refugee status. The law establishes yearly quotas for some categories.
Q: Which family members may sponsor relatives for U.S. immigrant visas for permanent entry?
A: With some exception and restriction, a U.S. citizen may sponsor a spouse, parent, sibling, minor child or adult child (regardless of marital status), or fiancé(e) for an immigrant visa, known popularly as a green card. Additionally, an alien in the U.S. with lawful permanent resident status (a green card holder) may sponsor a spouse, minor child or adult unmarried child. Citizens and permanent residents who sponsor relatives for immigration must have a certain level of earnings and agree to legally support their incoming family members.
Individuals who intend to immigrate to the US face potentially serious consequences should they obtain inaccurate or incomplete advice. It is possible that he or she will have to leave the US and start over again in another country. Family relationships and friendships are threatened and employment opportunities may be lost. Deportation is a very real consequence for those who don't address certain factors. Hiring immigration services not performed by a licensed attorney may put you at risk. If you or someone you know is at risk of deportation or is uncertain of the impact of filing an immigration petition, contact an immigration law attorney to ensure that everything possible will be done to preserve your rights.
Edison, New Jersey, Immigration Lawyer
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Immigration - An Overview
Immigration law controls the procedures for entering the U.S., determines who is and is not eligible for entry, sets the rules for obtaining citizenship and deporting foreign nationals who violate U.S. immigration or other laws. Immigration attorneys assist foreign nationals seeking to come to the U.S. to study, travel, conduct business and work. Immigration lawyers also help employers complete the application and certification processes to employ foreign workers for permanent and temporary positions. If you have an immigration-related issue, contact Gurnani & Gurnani in Edison, New jersey, to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer.
Attorneys practicing immigration law may handle various legal matters for aliens and U.S. citizens living both inside and outside of the country. The following sections introduce some of the issues for which a person may seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer.
Basic Immigration Laws
Since previously piecemeal immigration laws were consolidated by Congress in 1952, immigration law in the U.S. has continued to evolve. Changes in immigration law affect employers, visitors, students, business travelers and others seeking to live, work or travel to the U.S.
Government Agencies and Their Duties
More than one U.S. government agency is involved with implementing and enforcing U.S. immigration law and policy. Given the complexity of U.S. immigration law, it is important to understand which federal agencies handle which types of immigration matters.
Those wishing to relocate permanently to the U.S. and those desiring to visit the U.S. temporarily must apply and be approved for visas prior to traveling to and entering the country. There are many types of visas, and it is essential that the foreign national applies for the correct class of visa.
Removal occurs when the federal government formally either refuses admission to a foreigner at the U.S. border, or expels from the country a previously admitted alien for violation of certain U.S. immigration or other laws. Once deported, an alien may lose the right to return to the United States, even as a visitor.