If you are a foreign national who wishes to live and work in the United States, you should consult with an immigration attorney. Your dream requires a long process likely involving several stages and multiple government agencies. As a skilled imigration lawyer, KahBo Dye-Chiew can evaluate your eligibility for immigration benefits in the United States and explain the steps involved. You will benefit from understanding the process behind your immigration service.
The different paths to citizenship are through:
Involved U.S. government agencies
Several U.S. government agencies could be involved in your immigration process.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Department of Homeland Security is the federal agency responsible for protecting U.S. territory. In March 2003, DHS took over the functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), dividing it into three separate agencies: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CBP protects American borders and makes on-the-spot decisions about whether to allow visitors and immigrants into the country. ICE protects the security of the United States by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws. However, USCIS makes visa determinations and is regarded by most would-be visitors, immigrants, and citizens as the most important of the three agencies.
United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS)
USCIS oversees all lawful immigration to the U.S. Its 18,000 employees in over 250 offices around the world manage citizenship applications, family reunification, green cards, and work visas. The stated mission of the USCIS is to secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.
In practice, however, USCIS, with its detailed rules and novel-length forms, can intimidate. That is why you should avail yourself of a good immigration attorney to simplify the process and maintain legal status. You can also learn more about the immigration process elsewhere on this site:
Becoming a U.S. citizen
Living and working legally in the United States is the first step toward citizenship. If you already live in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa or a green card and would like to progress toward citizenship, or if you would like to live and work in the U.S. but do not know how, call the Law Offices of KahBo Dye-Chiew in Honolulu toll free at 866-510-7082 or submit the online email form. Attorney KahBo Dye-Chiew can assist you in any immigration situation.