Visas, Green Card, Citizenship Information

US Immigration lawyers provide important services for people who are not legal residents or citizens of the United States. Also, individuals who are already residents but want to obtain dual citizenship in a country other than the US.

If you are looking to obtain a visa, become a resident (green card) or American citizen, a knowledgeable immigration attorney can guide you through the complex immigration system in the U.S.

A nation of laws and a nation of immigrants - The new comprehensive immigration reform bill

After the 2012 presidential election Republicans and Democrats are united and talking about a new comprehensive immigration reform plan for the United States. The proposal will curb the flow of illegal immigrants by beefing up border security, strengthen the E-Verify program, and provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million who already live in the country by implementing a form of amnesty that allows illegal immigrants a way to live and work in the country and obtain citizenship, including those brought to the country as children.

In 2003, the INS was replaced by the Department of Homeland Security, which now controls 3 different agencies:

(CBE), U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement - handles border patrol duties

(USCIS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - handles naturalization

(ICE) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - handles deportation, intelligence, and investigations

Immigrant Categories - Visas Issued

  • 2008 - 470,098 
  • 2019 - 468,770 
  • 2010 - 482,052 
  • 2011 - 476,249 
  • 2012 - 482,300

Non-immigrant Categories - Visas Issued 

  • 2008 - 6,603,076 
  • 2009 - 5,804,182 
  • 2010 - 6,422,751 
  • 2011 - 7,507,939 
  • 2012 - 8,927,090


A - Diplomats and foreign government officials

B-1 - Business visitors. Athletes, amateur & professional (compete for prize money only).

Domestic employees or nanny -must be accompanying a foreign national employer

B-2 - Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors. Visitors for medical treatment

BCC - Border Crossing Card: Mexico

G1-G5, NATO - Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO  

H-2A and H-2B  - Temporary workers

J-H-1B -  Physician

J- Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)

R - Religious workers

F,M - Students: academic, vocational

H-3 - Training in a program not primarily for employment

I - Media, journalists

J - Exchange visitors

A-2 NATO1-6 - Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S.

O - Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics

P - Performing athletes, artists, entertainers

H-3 - Training in a program not primarily for employment

E - Treaty traders/treaty investors

C - Transiting the United States

D- Crewmembers

U - Victims of Criminal Activity

T - Victims of Human Trafficking

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