What is Immigration Law?

Immigration Law

What is Immigration Law?Immigration law refers to a combination of laws, rules, and regulations that control entry into a country. Naturalization and immigration are two different areas.

Naturalization governs who can become a citizen while immigration controls who can enter and leave a country. But both these topics are interrelated. Lawyers who practice immigration law typically have a practice that covers both immigration and naturalization.

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What Things Does Immigration Law Encompass?

Immigration laws govern what people are required to do to enter and leave the US. That means inspections at common entry points including roads and airports at border crossings.

Immigration laws may establish requirements for travel documents such as passports and visas. Customs officials usually have a right to inspect a person’s belongings and even detain them for questioning upon entering the US.

United States Immigration Law is a vital part of US policy, and 19 percent of the world’s immigrants reside in the US. The 47 million immigrants living in the US make up around 14 percent of the US population. US immigration laws have undergone major changes in recent years.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 put an end to a system of ethnic quotas in favor of limits for every country. George H.W. Bush’s Immigration Act of 1990 led to a 40 percent increase in legal immigration. Ronald Reagan offered amnesty to nearly three million illegal immigrants. Around one million individuals become US citizens annually.

Practicing Immigration Law

A significant part of immigration law practice involves assisting a client in determining the type of visa that enables them to enter the US legally.

If they are eligible for multiple types of visas, they may require help in choosing among alternatives. An immigration lawyer may work on behalf of a person or on behalf of an employer seeking to bring an employee into the US.

After assisting a client in identifying the right visa, an immigration attorney helps them process their application. They may help them prepare for anything that can cause their application to fail.

For instance, they may need to prepare them for an interview. An immigration lawyer can also help them prepare and submit character and fitness documentation if necessary.

In addition, immigration attorneys also defend people who face deportation proceedings. People facing deportation orders may have a hearing in front of an immigration law judge.

They may need an immigration attorney to help make their case. Immigration lawyers typically practice a combination of litigation and advisory law.

Who Practices Immigration Law?

Immigration attorneys work in public interest, private practice and for the government. An attorney can establish a private practice focusing on immigration cases.

Clients pay a reasonable fee for representation. Additionally, non-profit organizations also exist to assist people with immigration. These organizations hire attorneys to assist clients in completing paperwork and navigating the immigration process.

Lastly, immigration attorneys work on behalf of the United States government and enforce immigration laws. They may review applications, appear in court, or offer assistance in the creation of laws and policies for immigration.

Lawyers at the SBEMP law firm serve clients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Inland Empire, Orange County, Coachella Valley, Costa Mesa, San Diego, New Jersey, New York, and nearby locations for a range of legal practice areas.


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