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Immigration Lawyer Referrals

If you are in need of a California Immigration Lawyer, Attorney Search Network can provide you with an attorney referral today.

Federal immigration law decides what legal rights a person whom they deem an alien has in the United States. This type of law determines the requirements and ways in which some immigrants can become naturalized U.S. citizens and gain citizenship rights. Federal immigration law also controls the country’s border and has the authority to decide when someone can enter the country or when someone must leave it.

In the United States, the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) remains the nation’s core immigration law, although many changes have been made to the act over the years. For instance, in 1965, a landmark change was made in which the natural origin provisions were done away with. Under INA, an alien is defined as anyone who is not a United States citizen or national of the country. Several types of aliens exist, including resident, nonresident, immigrant, nonimmigrant, documented and undocumented.

Immigration authority lies with the U.S. Congress, and the President only has power over refugee policies. In 1986, Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The act cracked down on the nation’s immigration policies; it began altering the criminal consequences employers face when hiring illegal immigrants and refusing illegal immigrants federally financed welfare benefits. Other legislation that shifted immigrant rights were the 1989 Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments, which aimed to reduce the frequency of immigrants marrying in order to gain rights of citizenship.

In order to uphold these immigration rules, immigration officials grant or deny both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Tourists and businesspeople visiting the U.S. for the short term typically look to obtain a nonimmigrant visa. On the other hand, immigrants who need or want to stay in the country permanently can apply for an immigrant visa, which may also allow them to later apply for citizenship. Those who are granted immigrant visas are also allowed to work in the U.S. It is the role of Congress to limit the total amount of immigrant visas.

Whether immigrants want to enter this nation to work, to temporarily visit, to study, or to ultimately become a U.S. citizen, their rights will be governed by immigration law. Immigrants and loved ones of immigrants face many issues when dealing with immigration law. Some may want to seek work authorization in the U.S., may be facing deportation, may want to obtain U.S. citizenship, or may want to reunite with family living in this country. An immigration law attorney can help with all these issues and more. An immigration lawyer can assist you in tackling problems you face as an immigrant and also help better your chances of overcoming hurdles inherent in U.S. immigration policy.

Contact Attorney Search Network for an immigration lawyer referral.