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What is immigration law?

What is the definition of an immigrant for immigration law?

Can a U.S. citizen file an application to adopt a foreign-born child before the citizen has identified a child to adopt?

Can I adopt a child from any country?

What is the United States asylum program and who benefits?

Who is eligible for asylum?

Can I apply for asylum even if I am in the United States illegally?

Will I have to undergo a background check if I apply for asylum?

Can I apply for asylum if I have been convicted of a crime?

Who determines whether I will be granted asylum?

What happens if I am granted asylum?

Can a grant of asylum be terminated?

What happens to my spouse and children if I am granted asylum?

Do I need an immigration attorney to help me with my immigration case?

When can I retain legal counsel in my immigration case?

What are the benefits of having an immigration attorney assist me?

How can I afford an immigration attorney?

How should I choose an immigration attorney?

How much will an immigration attorney cost me?

If I have a legal problem involving United States immigration law, when should I retain an immigration attorney?

Can an immigration attorney ever help to speed up the resolution of an immigrantion or nationality matter?

How do immigration attorneys bill legal fees?

Who is born a United States citizen?

Are children of American parent(s) born outside of the United States citizens of the United States?

Are children with only one American parent citizens of the United States?

Are children born in the United States from foreign parent(s) citizens of the United States?

Are children born abroad with American grandparents citizens of the United States?

How do I get proof of my American citizenship?

Who is entitled to H-1B status and for how long?

What does the labor certification process for green cards entail?

What are the qualifications for employment-based priority workers for green cards?

What is a National Interest Waiver (NIW)?

Can I continue to work on L1 for my old employer if my H-1B petition is approved for work for a new employer?

How can I start a business in the United States?

Do I need a special permit to create a United States business?

Do I need to form a corporation or partnership or can I do business as an individual?

Do I need a special permit or license to open an office or store in the United States?

Do I need a visa to own a business in the United States?

Do I need to be American citizen to own a business in the United States?

Do I have to live in the United States to own a United States business?

Can I work in my own business even if I do not have a work visa?

What types of companies or corporations can I register in the United States?

How do I register a corporation in the United States?

Do I have to pay United States taxes If I own a United States business?

What type of visa do I need to work in the United States?

Can I work in the United States with a B1/B2 tourist or business visitor visa?

How can I get a work visa?

Where can I find available jobs in the United States?

Where can I find available internships in the United States?

How can I get a Social Security number?

What are the costs of applying for citizenship?

Can I become a United States citizen?

What does it take to become a United States citizen?

Why should I become a United States citizen?

What happens if my application for United States citizenship is denied?

How can I become a United States citizen?

How do I become a naturalized citizen?

What are the requirements for naturalization?

When does my time as a permanent resident begin?

Will United States CIS provide special accommodations for me if I am disabled?

How long will it take to become naturalized?

Where can I be fingerprinted?

What if I cannot make it to my scheduled interview?

If United States CIS grants me naturalization, when will I become a citizen?

What should I do if I cannot go to my oath ceremony?

What can I do if United States CIS denies my application?

Can I reapply for naturalization if United States CIS denies my application?

What can I do if I lost my certificate of naturalization for proof of citizenship?

Do I need a new permanent resident (alien registration) card when United States ICS issues a new version of the card?

If I am a United States citizen, is my child a United States citizen?

If I am a U.S. citizen, but my child does not meet the requirements, can I still apply for citizenship for my child?

What is the process of naturalization?

How do I become a United States citizen? Who is eligible?

How do I become a United States citizen if I already have a green card?

How do I become a United States citizen through my family or relatives?

How do I request citizenship for my spouse and children?

Can I become a United States citizenship through a H1 work visa?

Can I become a United States citizenship through any type of visa?

Where do I present or submit my citizenship application?

How long does the citizenship application process take?

When and where do I go to take the citizenship test?

What If I am not able to go to my appointment, can I reschedule for a later date?

Can I take the citizenship test in another language or only in English?

What type of questions are included in the English and civic sections of the citizenship or naturalization test?

What If I failed the test? Can I take it again? How can I appeal?

Once I pass the naturalization test, do I automatically become a United States citizen?

Can a fee for immigration related services be waived?

I am a Canadian citizen and currently have TN status. When should I apply for an H-1B visa or a green card?

I am a Canadian currently working in the United States under a TN (NAFTA) visa. Can I apply for an H-1B?

I have an green card and have been offered Canadian permanent residency. Will there be a problem?

I have an H-1B visa and have been offered Canadian permanent residency. Will there be a problem?

I am a landed immigrant in Canada. Will there be a problem getting an H-1B or a United States green card?

I am a landed immigrant in Canada. Do I get any benefits?

Do Canadians get a special break when it comes to immigration?

Do Canadian citizens need a visa?

Do Canadian citizens need an I-94?

How does the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill of 2009 impact my ability to become a United States citizen?

How does the Trade-NAFTA category affect my ability to become a United States citizen?

What is the wet-foot dry-foot law?

What laws are in place for Cuban refugees?

What does the new Arizona immigration law do?

What is an anchor baby?

What is the Kennedy/Kyl immigration bill?

What is the basis for being deported? What are the consequences of deportation?

How is the deportation process initiated?

Can a deportation or removal order be appealed?

What is cancellation of removal related to being taken into immigration custody?

What are the grounds for deportation?

What is the present deportation policy for crime?

How do aggravated felonies affect deportation?

I am now on probation. Will the government deport me?

What is a deportable offense?

How does the deportation process start?

Is dual citizenship possible?

Does United States law forbid dual citizenship?

Do you lose your American citizenship if you move to another country with the intent of living there for a long time?

Do people who want to become naturalized United States citizens have to take an oath giving up their old citizenship?

Does the United States have a special agreement with Israel permitting people to be dual United States/Israeli citizens?

Does serving in a foreign army result in automatic loss of United States citizenship?

If I am a dual United States/other citizen, is there any way I can lose my United States citizenship?

Is it against the law to have more than one passport?

A United States customs official told me that the United States does not recognize dual citizenship. Is that true?

My child was born overseas. Can they become a United States citizen?

I am engaged to a United States citizen. When we get married, will I automatically get dual citizenship?

Are there any disadvantages to dual United States/other citizenship?

What are the requirements to obtain a student visa?

Do I need to be registered in a United States university or institution to apply for a student visa?

Where can I find a list of universities or institutions valid to obtain a student visa?

Where do I apply for a student visa and how do I make the visa appointment?

My student visa is about to expire. How can I renew it or get a new visa?

What is the English TOEFL test?

Do I need to pass the TOEFL test to apply for a visa?

Where can I go to take the TOEFL test?

How can I find a study guide for the TOEFL test?

Can I go to a university in the United States with my international high school diploma from another country?

Can foreigners study high school and obtain a diploma in the United States?

What is SEVIS and what is the first step to apply for a student visa?

What is the difference between an F-1 Student visa and M-1 student visa?

Can my dependents or spouse obtain a derivative visa?

Where can I download forms to apply my student visa?

I am studying in the United States with a student visa. Can I work and obtain employment authorization?

Can I obtain a green card if I have a student visa?

Can I stay in the United States on my student visa after I finish my studies?

When does a foreign fiance, admitted into the U.S. for the purpose of getting married, have to leave the United States?

What factors are considered by the United States CIS in an individual immigration case?

What is the purpose of the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program?

What is the alien registration number?

What is the non-immigrant visa number?

How do I convert a tourist visa to a working visa?

What is the difference between a consulate and an embassy?

What are the differences between out of status and unlawfully present?

What does immigration intent mean?

What happened to INS?

What is the United States CIS?

What is the Social Security Administration?

How can I get a Social Security number?

Can foreigners get a Social Security number?

Why does my Social Security card says not valid for employment?

What is the difference between a tax ID number and a Social Security number (SSN)?

What is the Department of State?

What is the Department of Homeland Security?

What is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

What is the Customs and Border Protection?

Can I obtain permanent residence through investment?

Can I obtain permanent residence through marriage to a United States citizen?

Can I become a permanent resident through relatives?

Do green card holders need to join the military?

How long is a green card valid?

I stayed out of the United States and lost my green card. Is there anything I can do?

I need to travel out of the United States for more than one year. Is there nothing I can do?

I have a green card and plan on traveling out of the United States for a long time. Can I keep my green card?

What happens to my green card application if I switch jobs?

What is the labor certification process?

What is the petition?

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Martin Sweet is a visiting assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He teaches and researches in the area of American Politics and Constitutional Law. He earned his J.D. in 1995 from the University of Minnesota Law School and his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005, he was co-awarded by the American Political Science Association for the nation's best dissertation in the area of public law. Martin is the author of Merely Judgment: Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court, published by the University of Virginia Press, and is a regular political and legal contributor on television.



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