Immigration Definition Glossary

Immigration Definition Glossary

Immigration terminology can be difficult to understand when navigating through any immigration process. This section provides a brief definition of immigration-related terms. We have organized the terms in alphabetical order for easy reference.


G-28:This form is used to provide notice that an attorney or accredited representative of a religious, charitable, social service or similar organization will appear before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on behalf of a person involved in a matter before USCIS.

G-28I: To provide notice that an attorney admitted to practice of the law in a country other than the United States seeks to appear before DHS in a matter outside the geographical confines of the United States.

G-325: This form is used to provide biographic information on an alien. You file this form only as instructed on another Immigration application or petition.

G-639: This form is used to request access to information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

G-845: This form is used to verify the immigration status of applications for federal state or local public benefits and licenses

G-884: This form is used to request the return of original documents submitted to establish eligibility for an immigration benefit.

G-1041: This form is used to request a search of USCIS historical indices.

G-1041A: This form is used to obtain copies of USCIS historical records.

G-1145: This form is used by an Applicant or Petitioner who can file their application/petition at one of the three USCIS Lockbox facilities, and who wishes to receive electronic notification (e-Notification) that their application has been accepted.

General Naturalization Provisions: The basic requirements for naturalization that every applicant must meet, unless a member of a special class. General provisions require an applicant to be at least 18 years of age and a lawful permanent resident with five years of continuous residence in the United States, have been physically present in the country for half that period, and establish good moral character for at least that period.

Geographic Area of Chargeability: Any one of five regions--Africa, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East and South Asia, and the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe--into which the world is divided for the initial admission of refugees to the United States. Annual consultations between the Executive Branch and the Congress determine the ceiling on the number of refugees who can be admitted to the United States from each area. Beginning in fiscal year 1987, an unallocated reserve was incorporated into the admission ceilings.

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