Which Relatives May a US Citizen Bring to the US?
The State Department issues family-based immigrant visas to citizens of a foreign country who are sponsored by the immediate relative of a US citizen. More distant relatives and relatives of a lawful permanent resident may be eligible for a family preference visa. There are many reasons that US citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card […]
Can ICE Investigators Use a Private Database?
The federal agency charged with enforcing immigration laws, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has surprised Congress with its willingness to invade the privacy of citizens while searching for people who entered or remained in the country without proper documents. Researchers at Georgetown University discovered that ICE is paying for access to private databases that […]
Who Needs to Take a US Citizenship Test and How Should One Prepare for it?
Immigrants who have permanent residence in the United States often hope to become US citizens. While the number of immigrants who become American citizens rises and falls each year, about 844,000 green card holders became US citizens in 2019. Permanent residents need to satisfy several requirements before they become eligible to apply for US citizenship. […]
What is a “Sanctuary City” and Why Does it Matter?
“Sanctuary city” is an informal term used to describe cities or jurisdictions where local law enforcement does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities regarding the enforcement of civil immigration laws. The majority of the controversy with sanctuary cities centers around federal government Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) detainers requesting local law enforcement to hold individuals […]
Applying for a Visitor Visa to the U.S. – is it really difficult?
Anyone looking to visit the United States will typically need to acquire an entry visa to be allowed in the country. In 2014, nearly 75 million people from around the world visited the United States, most of whom did so on a short-term basis. The most common short-term visas are known as the “B” visitor […]