A Detailed Picture of Recent Asian Immigration to the U.S.

  As we mentioned in our previous piece on annual immigration statistics, recent immigration to the U.S. is quite different when compared with eras of the past. Before, in the mid-nineteenth century up through the mid-twentieth century, immigration flowed heavily from Europe. Since the 1960s, with certain key changes to immigration law, this pattern has changed, and now a great percentage of immigrants derive Read More

An Overview of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) is a highly useful piece of law, although it is not the most well-known. Like many immigration-related laws, few people in the general population know about the CSPA, but its impact is potentially profound. The CSPA benefits Green Card applicants who “straddle the age definition” by turning 21 during the application process itself. In this post, we will discuss the dilemma which Read More

How Does Birthright Citizenship Work?

Birthright citizenship is a somewhat controversial topic in the area of U.S. nationality and immigration law. This term, “birthright citizenship,” refers to the practice of acquiring citizenship automatically due to the circumstances of a person’s birth, as opposed to acquiring citizenship through the process of naturalization. In this post, we’re going to discuss the mechanics of birthright citizenship so that we Read More

Understanding the Impact of Plyler v. Doe (1982)

Issues pertaining to the treatment of undocumented immigrants are among the most contentious and emotionally-charged topics in immigration law. As we’ve discussed, the U.S. takes in approximately 1.1 million legal immigrants every year, but it also takes in a sizable amount of undocumented immigrants every year as well. These undocumented immigrants have all kinds of different stories, they come under circumstances, Read More

Statistics on Annual Legal Immigration to the U.S.

Immigration to the U.S. has changed dramatically over the course of the last century. If we think about the picture of U.S. immigration 100 years ago, in 1921, we can see that the current situation is quite a bit different. In 1921, the majority of immigrants to the U.S. came from Europe, and primarily from southern and eastern Europe. This period of immigration during the late 1890s and early 1920s was very Read More

A Brief Overview on How Asylum Works

The U.S. has a well-earned reputation for being a place which accepts people from all over the world. The Statue of Liberty in Manhattan is one of the testaments of this fact. Perhaps more than any other country, the U.S. has also been the receiver for those who are trying to escape persecution or mistreatment of one kind or another. The U.S. has a program designed specifically to assist people who are attempting to Read More

How the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Intersects with Immigration Status.

Victims of physical battery or cruelty may be able to petition for and obtain lawful permanent resident status pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA provides an avenue for victims to become lawful permanent residents, as long as petitioners meet certain eligibility requirements and meet other standards. In order to petition under the VAWA, certain circumstances must be present. In this post, we Read More

A Quick Guide to Replacing a Green Card

The Green Card is the official document which signifies an immigrant’s permanent resident status in the U.S. Immigrants who have obtained Green Cards know about the level of importance of this document. With a Green Card, a person can live permanently and work freely throughout the country. Green Card holders are also able to travel abroad and then return to the U.S. at will. Needless to say, losing a green card, Read More

The Multiple Paths to Obtain Permanent Residency in the U.S

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream for many people. Although the U.S. has its share of problems, America is still seen by many around the globe as a place of relative prosperity and opportunity. For those who wish to become U.S. citizens, becoming a lawful permanent resident is the first box which needs to be checked off. People enter the U.S. under many different circumstances; this is why the U.S. allows newcomers Read More

Essentials of U Nonimmigrant Visas

One of the most powerful tools a person can use to adjust their residency status in the U.S. is the so-called “U visa.” The U visa – which is short for “U nonimmigrant visa” – enables eligible persons to eventually convert their status to a permanent resident (i.e. Green Card). However, U visas have an unusual set of requirements. In this post, we will go over the various legal requirements which must be met in order Read More