Useful Immigration Resources
Make no mistake. The U.S. immigration system is a confusing array of agencies and bureaucracies that can be intimidating to say the least. But knowledge is power, and getting a hold of information related to your immigration issue is the first step in taking control of the process and making it work for you. The following links and resources are provided by Que Hirschi Law, PC to help you better understand the immigration process and the issues related to your particular set of circumstances. For personalized legal advice and assistance in your immigration matter, contact Que Hirschi Law at 818-380-3019 for a free consultation.
Green Card through a Job or Investment – Find out about entering the country based on a job offer, specialized ability, through a self-petition, or for the purpose of investing in a U.S. business. If investing, follow these links to see if the business is located in a Regional Center or if you are a national of a country which maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the U.S.
Green Card through Family – Learn about what it takes to become a permanent resident through family connections.
Other Ways to Get a Green Card – Besides employment-based, business-based or family-based immigration, you may also be able to find your way to the U.S. through other means, such as the Green Card Lottery.
USCIS – Find forms, guides and answers to questions regarding all things immigration from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including lawful permanent residence, citizenship and naturalization.
USCIS Processing Times – Get an estimate of how much time it currently takes the office handling your case to process your particular application, petition or request.
USCIS Case Status Online – Check the status of your case in an instant. Have your receipt number handy; you’ll need it to access your file.
USCIS Online Change of Address – By keeping your address current with USCIS, you can stay updated on the status and processing times for your petition or application.
USCIS Forms and Fees – USCIS forms are free and downloadable here from the USCIS website, or they can be ordered by mail or over the phone, also for free.
USCIS Press Releases – Keep up on the latest news and developments in the world of immigration benefits, such as the date when USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the current fiscal year.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations, charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.
Study Materials for the Naturalization Test – These materials help prepare you for the English test and Civics test, both of which are required for naturalization unless you obtain a waiver or exemption. Also use the Naturalization Self-Test as a helpful study tool.
New Immigrant Guide – This guide contains basic information to help new immigrants settle in the U.S. and find what they need to know for everyday life.
U.S. Embassy and Consulate Information – See this website for information on consular processing abroad, the visa waiver program, passports and more.
Visa Wait Times at U.S. Consulates – Enter the name of the city for your Embassy or Consulate to find the wait time for an interview appointment, or the wait time for processing your visitor visa, student visa or other nonimmigrant visa.
Visa Application Forms – Click here to download common nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application forms.
Application Fees for Visa Services – This webpage lists via application fees and other visa-related fees collected by the Department of State.
Visa Bulletin – Check the current or upcoming visa bulletin to find out about visa availability for employment-based or family-sponsored preferences.
Immigration News – Immigration Daily is a popular news source on immigration law geared toward legal professionals and immigration law practitioners.