There has been recent major changes to immigration laws. Anyone wishing to visit, work or live in the United States is bound by federal immigration law. It determines who can be considered an alien, their rights and obligations, and how aliens can become naturalized citizens.
Histories of criminal or terrorist activities, drug abuse, infectious medical problems, or certain other characteristics or behavior will deny access to a visa or green card. Everyone applying to enter or stay in the United States, no matter how long their stay, is checked to see if he or she is inadmissible on these grounds.
You may need the services of an immigration lawyer if you are:
- Moving to the United States to take a job or study at a U.S. college or university
- The spouse or fiancé of a U.S. citizen
- Immigrating to the United States, and you want to live permanently in the United States
- You want to stay an extended length of time in the United States for work or personal reasons (such as travel or vacation)
Once you've used Kudzu.com to find an attorney you're considering, check them with the U.S. Immigration Attorney Directory to make sure they are board-approved and in good standing with the American Bar Association.