The Difference Between Passport and Passport Card

In the US, there are two types of passports: the traditional passport book, and a passport card. The passport book is a thin cardboard cover with your picture and information inside it. It has several pages for visas and travel documents. The US passport card is a small passport card, about the size of a …

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The L-1 Visa Category

As the global economy becomes more international in scope, more and more companies have offices in multiple countries. This creates a problem when employees from offices in different countries need permission to travel more freely in order to conduct business. The United States has created the L-1 visa category in order to make this process …

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Getting Started with USCIS E-Verify

Undocumented workers and unauthorized workers in the United States are a major problem. These workers may not have all the protections afforded to US workers. As well, these workers often complicate the tax system and may not pay all required taxes. For employers, hiring unauthorized workers can lead to legal problems as well. It is …

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How to Become a Naturalized Citizen

Naturalization is the process of becoming a naturalized citizen if you were not born in the United States or born to parents who were United States citizens. The naturalization process gives you all the same benefits as people who have been born in the United States and have citizenship by birthright. However, the process of …

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58 New Countries USCIS Announced for H2A and H2B Participation

Each year, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) H-2A and H-2B programs allow employers to bring in temporary workers for jobs that cannot be filled in any other way. The H-2A program, for example, allows employers to bring in non-US workers to work in temporary agricultural jobs. The H-2B program lets employers get non-US …

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Updates on Immigration Case Status Can be Checked Online

Petitioners applying for visas or other immigration-related issues, as well as their representatives, often need access to updates about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status. For example, if you apply for a visa, you will want to know as soon as possible whether your application has been rejected, accepted, or whether there will …

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What does Immigration Naturalization Mean

Immigration naturalization, more often simply known as “naturalization,” refers simply to the process that has been established by Congress which allows lawful permanent residents to become US citizens. In order to understand immigration naturalization, it is important to realize that there are two paths to US citizenship. Anyone who is born in the United States …

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TPS Extension for Salvadorans

A recent announcement from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has allowed eligible nationals of El Salvador to enjoy Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS for these qualified nationals is extended for an added 18 months as a result of the announcement. As a result, the TPS …

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General Processing Times for US Passport

In most cases, US citizens applying for a US passport are in a hurry. They may be traveling soon and may need to secure a passport before their travel date. Fortunately, the US Department of State makes it easy to plan ahead. The agency has a website (http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/processing/processing_1740.html) which lists current processing times for US …

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How to Get Dual Citizenship

The US permits dual citizenship, which potentially allows you to retain the citizenship of your country of origin while also enjoying all the benefits of US citizenship. With dual citizenship, you can potentially travel on your home country’s passport, or on a US passport, potentially making leaving and re-entering the United States simpler. Maintaining your …

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