Three Ways to Immigrate to the United States
Immigration attorney Christopher Stender graduated in the top 25 percent of his class at the Syracuse University College of Law. During his career, he has had multiple decisions published by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Although American immigration laws can be very confusing and constantly changing in the details, there are three basic ways to immigrate to the United States. Skilled immigration attorneys like Christopher Stender can help with all three of these areas:
1. Employment-based immigration. Many types of visas exist for workers to come to the United States. While most of these are for temporary workers, 140,000 visas a year go to immigrants for permanent employment.
2. Family-based immigration. Family-based immigrants represent the most significant portion of the country’s immigrant population. Nearly a half-million of these visas are available annually and go either to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or to other relatives based on the family preference system.
3. Immigration for refugees and asylees. These immigrants come to the United States because of extraordinary conditions or threats to their lives in their homelands. For fiscal year 2013, 70,000 refugee visas were granted. The number of persons who may seek visas for asylum is not limited.