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  • General
    Overview of immigration in general
  • Naturalization - becoming a US citizen
    Requirements and benefits to becoming a US citizen.
  • Tax Information
    This is only a very cursory overview. Be sure to ask a competent tax advisor for assistance.
  • Establishing Credit and getting a Mortgage

    One of the most important aspects of living in the USA is learning how to handle money. Life in the USA heavily depends on electronic forms of payment, usually through credit cards. In addition, one of the most important parts of the "American Dream" is to own a home - and that usually requires a mortgage.

    The documents in this section were largely written before the 2008/2009 economic crisis affected many aspects of banking, mortgages and loans. At this time, you should expect that qualifying for any type of loan, including credit cards, mortgages, car loans etc. will be much more difficult than it used to be.

  • Naturalization Oath and Religion
  • Non-immigrant categories
    The various non-immigrant classifications ("visas").
  • Processing Times
    How long will it take to process the paperwork?
  • RFE and NID
    Requests for Evidence and Notice of Intent to Deny are two common situations encountered in the processing of applications before USCIS.
  • The Green Card quota system
    Immigration law strictly limits the number of Green Cards issued each year. This explains how the quota system works.
  • I-485 Adjustment of Status
    Adjustment of Status is the most common way of actually filing the paperwork for a Green Card.
  • Green Cards
    Information about obtaining and keeping Green Cards.
  • Canadians
    Information for Canadian citizens. Canadian citizens enjoy certain special privileges.
  • Employment-based Green Cards
  • H-1B and L-1
    H-1B and L-1 are two of the most common types of work visa, and have a number of subtle issues associated with them.
  • Working Visas
    Various types of visa that allow you to work.
  • History
    Articles about the history of US immigration.

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