Immigrants

At a Glance: Credential evaluation for H1B is the process of assessing and translating foreign educational qualifications to their U.S. equivalents. It is necessary for H1B visa applicants to demonstrate that their qualifications meet the specialized academic requirements of their job. Credential ev…

At a Glance Under the IIRIRA of 1996, accruing unlawful presence in the U.S. can result in re-entry bars. Accruing more than 180 days but less than a year leads to a three-year bar, while over a year results in a ten-year bar. Some individuals may be eligible for waivers

At a Glance For U.S. travel, babies don’t need a passport, but international travel requires one. Applying for a U.S. passport for a newborn involves completing Form DS-11, providing citizenship and relationship proof, and submitting parent identification documents and passport photos. Process…

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At a Glance: The USCIS receipt notice provides important information about your case, including a receipt number for tracking. USCIS takes around 8 to 9 weeks to issue receipt notices, but it may vary. The confirmation of receipt, notice of results, referral notification, selection notification, and…

At a Glance: “SSSS” on a boarding pass stands for secondary security screening selection. It is used by the TSA to mark passengers who are chosen for additional security screening before boarding flights within or bound for the United States. If you have “SSSS” on your boardi…

At a Glance: Nonimmigrant visas are temporary visas for individuals visiting or staying in the U.S. for a specific period. Unlike immigrant visas, which grant permanent residency, nonimmigrant visas are used for purposes such as business, tourism, and education. Non-U.S. citizens and lawful permanen…

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At a Glance: In the U.S., a photo ID is required for various activities, including buying alcohol, opening a bank account, applying for food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, and Social Security, renting or buying a house, buying or renting a car, flying on an airplane, getting married, purchasing a gun, a…

At a Glance Green card and immigrant visa counts are reported by the Visa Office of the U.S. Department of State. The Visa Office receives monthly reports on total immigrant visa applicants globally, including pending adjustment of status applications. Monthly allotments for available green card num…

At a Glance Customs control regulates the entry of items into a country, and passengers typically go through customs when entering a country. When flying to the United States, all travelers must clear customs upon arrival, involving a declaration form, passport control, and baggage and customs check…

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At a Glance Automatic citizenship in the United States after 20 years is not possible. Non-citizens must apply for naturalization through the USCIS, meeting specific requirements depending on their circumstances. The most common path is through being a green card holder for at least five years, fulf…

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