Immigration Law Basics
Immigration law encompasses a wide range of situations that involve a person from a foreign country coming to the United States, whether for a temporary visit or with the intent to live permanently in the U.S. (as a citizen or a as a legal permanent resident). FindLaw’s “Immigration Law Basics” section provides a bird’s eye view of the immigration process, including a glossary of immigration terms; an overview of immigration in general; and helpful primers to help you get started with your particular immigration needs. Also provided are links to primers on getting a green card; working in the U.S. as a foreign national; helping a family member adjust his or her status; and more.
- Helping a Family Member Get Legal Status
Basics of petitioning for a family member's legal status in the U.S., including tips for undocumented immigrants.
- Visiting the U.S.
Overview of immigration laws and procedures for foreign nationals wishing to visit the United States, including temporary visas.
- Working in the U.S.
Information for foreign nationals seeking authorization to work in the United States, including H-1B visas and adjustment of status.
- Getting a Green Card
Basics of obtaining legal permanent resident status, commonly known as a "green card," including eligibility guidelines.
- Becoming a U.S. Citizen
General overview of how to become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization, with links to in-depth resources.
- Crossing the Border
Overview of the border entry process, with links to FindLaw and U.S. government resources outlining the rules for entry.