Each year, hundreds
of thousands of immigrants come to live and work in America.
Immigration law may appear alien, but in this webland of
opportunity, citizens and would-be Americans don't need a visa or
passport to hop on the transworld Law Buzz and open digital
doors to a world of welcoming immigration and nationality law
Immigration is a matter of federal law. Eyeball the Immigration
and Naturalization Act, and plow through the immigration
8 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Then, cross the e-border to the United States
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the
Department of Justice's office created in 1891 to enforce
immigration law. The INS homestead features immigration laws
and regulations, Federal Register notices, a databank of
interim decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, enforcement
information, news releases, fact sheets, statistics and more.
While you are at INS, download dozens of required immigration
forms such as application for naturalization (N-400),
employment eligibility verification (I-9), application to replace
alien registration card (I-90), and even an application for
posthumous citizenship (N-644). Yes, the red tape comes with the
Hiring new workers? Employers must comply with the employment
verification provisions of the Illegal Immigration
Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. The INS
offers a roundup of information
for employers, including rules about establishing employee
identity and eligibility to work.
(Speaking of employment, border patrol officer recruitment is
ongoing at the U.S.
Border Patrol Employment Page. Illegal aliens need not
Dig into a fact sheet on U.S.
Asylum and Refugee Policy. And sneak over to the border for
a report on what the government is doing about illegal
Immigration law ties into American history. Get a perspective on
immigration law from 1790 to 1996 with the INS's overview
of the legislative history of immigration to the United
Are you eligible to become a naturalized U.S. citizen? Travel the
road to Naturalization
and discover the requirements for residency, moral character,
language proficiency, the oath of allegiance and knowledge of United
States government and history. Don't be afraid to take the
self-test (unless you don't know whether the president of
the United States is George Bush, Bill Clinton, Dan Quayle or Newt
For the mother of all immigration law firm home pages, make your
way over to Immigration and
Nationality Law from Siskind, Susser & Haas, home of
Bulletin, a free, monthly e-newsletter covering
developments in immigration law and legislation.
Siskind features immigration forms, a hot documents collection
and a menu of pointers to immigration resources around webville. And
follow the action at the Siskind's Green
Card Lottery Center, a gathering of information about the
diversity visa program in which the government awards 50,000 green
cards annually by random computer selection.
Immigrants have rights too. The American Civil Liberties Union
has devoted a page of resources and updates on Immigrants'
Is immigration a good thing? The American Immigration Lawyers
Association (AILA), in support of lawful immigration, debunks five
immigration myths (such as "immigrants are a drain" on the
economy; and, immigrants take jobs away from Americans.) (If you
disagree, create a Web page to the contrary. It's a free country.)
Next stop, American
Immigration Center, a hodgepodge of kits and resources for
would-be citizens, including green card information and a listing of
U.S. embassies and consulates world-wide.
Swing over to the Department of State's Visa
Services showcase for resources and information on visitor
visas, student visas, immigrant visas, employment visas, fiancee
visas and more. Find out about visa denials, marriage to foreign
nationals, temporary religious workers and Bureau of Consular
Affairs Visa Bulletin.
What about resettlement of refugees? The INS works with
the Department of State,
the United Nations, and the
Department of Health and Human
Services in the admission and resettlement of refugees.
The American Immigration
Report is a gathering of articles and selected immigration
resources from the office of immigration lawyer Mark Carmel.
And who could do a better job than former INS attorney
Carl Shusterman in hosting Immigration: A Practical Guide
to Immigrating to the U.S.? Wander through this
well-organized compilation of immigration topical materials and keep
current with Shusterman's
Do immigration judges automatically deport illegal aliens? No.
Relief from deportation includes waivers, suspension and adjustment
of status. Check into Shusterman's welcoming page devoted to immigration courts
At the Immigration Home
Page, get the basics on business and personal immigration,
the lottery, non-immigrant visas, simplified Department of State
bulletins and even an immigration law glossary,
from the Law Offices of Richard Madison.
Immigration law specialist Sheela Murthy offers quick answers to
her selection of top
ten frequently asked immigration law questions such as how
to obtain a temporary visa and what is a national interest waiver.
For our neighbors north of one of the friendliest international
borders in the world, attorney Joseph C. Grasmick offers a FAQ on Canada to U.S.
Immigration for Businesses and Professionals.
And here's a handy overview of Dual Citizenship and
U.S. Law, written by a non-lawyer who's done some research.
And if you're thinking about emmigrating, see if the grass
is greener anywhere else in the world: scope out any country on the
planet with Travel
Warnings & Consular Information Sheets, courtesy of the
Department of State. And visit any embassy in the world on
the Embassy Web.
Don't leave home without these diplomatic links.
So if you want to become a U.S. citizen, make yourself at home
with legal resources that can help you get here. And us the Web as
your doorway to a new e-country. See you in next week's worldly
Jesse Londin, Esq.
Jesse ("Buzz") Londin is a
lawyer, writer, online editor and Web forum host. She lives in New
York where she sometimes sleeps but her browser windows never close.
Jesse would love to hear
your comments and questions. (And yes, you can call her