Understanding immigration rules can be difficult.
We’d like to help you out.
But we also know lawyer explanations often makes things more confusing.
It’s lawyer talk. It’s part of our training.
So we decided to take a different approach. We decided to design charts and graphs that explain immigration rules, regulations, and concepts in a simplified way.
This chart shows which family relatives you can immigrate to the United States.
Who can sponsor who?
The chart illustrates how immigration law divides sponsoring family members into two categories: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
With this chart, you’re able to quickly who you and you cannot petition for immigration benefits.
Hardship is one of the most important requirements for victory in a variety of immigration programs.
Immigration courts have a long tradition of utilizing the concept of hardship as a major deportation defense criteria.
Hardship is also a major concept for immigration agencies to weigh which immigrants deserve a favorable grant of an I-601, allowing them to live and work legally in the U.S.
These graphs illustrate that the meaning of hardship varies among immigration courts and agencies, requiring different degrees of proof.
For nearly two decades, immigration rules have been increasingly tightened. Avenues for legalization have been restricted or eliminated, especially for immigrants who have cases at immigration court.
Many of the restrictions in place today began with the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform And Immigrant Responsibility Act Of 1996. These illustrations share the different ways that IIRAIRA restricted the path to victory for immigrants..
The green card process is puzzling to many immigrants.
Their dreams of legalizing their status through a family relative seems far-fetched, as the road to becoming a permanent resident looks too difficult to surmount.
Yet, as this chart demonstrates, the process to obtain permanent residency, when broken into its most fundamental aspects, is not difficult to grasp.
What happens when an immigrant enters the U.S. without permission or stays past the expiration of a temporary visa, and then applies for permanent resident status?
In the vast majority of cases. they will need to seek an inadmissibility waiver, known as a I-601 waiver, to return back to the U.S. after their green card interviews abroad.
To win these cases, the hardship of U.S. citizen family members must be proven. This graph shares eight essential factors that help immigrants demonstrate the full degree of hardship of their qualifying relatives and come a step closer to green card success.
Much of the news about immigration law focuses on issues of deportation.
For example, the proposed prosecutorial discretion measures for immigrant youth and the I-601 waivers for immigrants of legalized spouses.
To an extent, the history of immigration law is the history of deportation law.
This chart shows how the rules for forgiving immigrants who arrived without permission, overstayed their visitation period, or violated conditions of their residency status have changed over time.
A major defense for lawful permanent residents in danger of being deported, INA section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act was eliminated by Congress in the the mid-1990s.
Since that time, there had been a major debate over which lawful permanent residents still qualify for relief under that provision.
These charts illustrate both the older approach which had been used by immigration courts to decide 212(c) cases for several years and a newer approach outlined by the Supreme Court. .