Immigration Law Basics

Looking for well-informed advice about Immigration Law? Look here for easy-to-understand articles and answers to frequently asked questions that will help you better understand the legal matters surrounding immigration and the laws that apply.

Anyone who enters the United States must have permission or a grant of right to do so. U.S. citizens, for example, may come and go freely by virtue of their citizenship and will generally retain the right to remain in the United States unless they give up their citizenship voluntarily. For those who are not U.S. citizens who wish to enter the country either temporarily or permanently, immigration law is the body of law that dictates whether and under what terms they may enter. Immigration law covers temporary visas, tourist visas, employment visas and student visas that allow entry into the United States for a temporary period of time for a specific purpose. Naturalization and the process of becoming a permanent resident or obtaining a green card are also covered under the body of law that deals with immigration. To learn more about the immigration laws in place in the United States and the different types of permission that may be granted to enter or remain in the country, visit the articles and answers to frequently asked questions using the links to immigration law topics on this page.