What are immigration laws?
Our immigration laws say:
What do immigration laws do?
Immigration laws have many goals. Some are to:
Some laws allow people to stay for a limited time. Other laws allow people to qualify for permanent legal status. The U.S. government may change the laws at any time.
How can I immigrate legally?
Immigration laws are complicated, and the rules are hard to understand. Your personal history and experiences will affect your chances of getting legal status. Our immigrant stories explain how other immigrants may qualify for legal status.
Many people apply to stay in the U.S. if they:
These are just some common ways an immigrant might qualify to stay in the U.S. If you want legal status, you must apply. Some applications take a long time or are very hard to get. Unfortunately, some people will not qualify for legal status.
Do you qualify to stay in the U.S.?
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