What Are The Steps in the Immigration Process? Answering Questions!

By August 16, 2021Immigration Law Blog
What Are The Steps in the Immigration Process?

What are the steps in the immigration process? Today we are answering that and many other questions that you have about US immigration!

What Are The Steps in the Immigration Process? Answering Questions!

Q: What Are The Steps in the Immigration Process?

A: The first step in the immigration process is to ensure that you are eligible to immigrate. Once you confirm that you are eligible, you must determine what type of visa you are eligible for and fill in the application. When submitting your application, pay your application fee and schedule a USCIS interview. While you wait for your interview, you should put together any documentation you will need (this depends on the type of visa you are applying for.) You will be asked to go through a biometrics process – this involves giving your fingerprints and having photographs taken for the USCIS database. Following the USCIS interview, you will find out whether you have been approved or denied entry to the U.S.

Q: What is the Email Address for Immigration?

A: USCIS has a USCIS online contact center where you can manage your case and contact the immigration authorities about your case.

If you have questions about the e-Verify system, however, you can contact them using the email address myeverify@uscis.dhs.gov.

General feedback can be mailed to public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

Q: How Can I Check My Asylum Status?

A: You can now check the status of your asylum case by going to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Case Status website.

Q: How Do I Get in Touch with Immigration?

A: There are multiple ways to get in touch with immigration officials, but the best way to contact them depends on your reason for contacting them. The best way to find out how to contact USCIS is to visit the USCIS website.

If you already have a case number, you should log in using that information and you can directly communicate with USCIS in regard to the matter at hand. This way your communication will have your case number attached so everything will be kept in one neat chain of communication.

If you do not already have a case number, the USCIS has a webpage where you can find the correct contact information for the department you are trying to contact.

Q: How Long is the Immigration Process?

A: The length of the immigration process depends on a number of different factors. Firstly, your classification – for example, what type of visa are you applying for? Secondly, what time of year you apply – certain times of year are busier than others which can cause delays. Thirdly, any unexpected delays – for example, COVID caused delays in processing and created a significant backlog in cases.

Q: Does Asylum Status Expire?

A: Asylum status does not expire which means that people who have been granted asylum are authorized to work indefinitely.

Q: Does Refugee Status Expire?

A: Like asylum status, refugee status does not expire and refugees are authorized to work indefinitely.

Q: What Is The Difference Between Refugee Status and Asylee Status?

A: A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country because of war, persecution, or because their home government is unable or unwilling to protect them.

An asylee is someone who has appealed to a country for refugee status, but who has not yet been granted it. An asylee in the process of leaving their home country to escape war or persecution as a result of their nationality, race, religion, or political affiliation.

Q: How Long Does It Take To Get A Green Card?

A: The length of time it takes to get a green card varies based on a number of factors – primarily how you are applying for one. Different types of green cards can take longer to process. The average processing time for each is noted below

Green Card category Average waiting time
Marriage-based green card 11-38 months
Employment-based green card 6-12 months
Family-based green card 6 months – 10 years

Q: How Much Does It Cost To Get a Green Card?

A: Just like wait times for green cards to be processed, the cost to get a green card depends on the type of green card you are applying for. In general, you can expect to pay between 1,200 USD to 4,500 USD. If you seek a business visa to enter the country, you will need to make a significant business investment as well.

Q: Do I Qualify For U.S. Immigration?

A: There are numerous categories for U.S. immigration and the qualification criteria for each category differs. The main immigration categories include:

Green Card through Family
Green Card through Employment
Green Card as a Special Immigrant
Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status
Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims
Green Card for Victims of Abuse
Green Card through Other Categories
Green Card through Registry

To find out more about each of the green card categories available, visit the USCIS immigration categories individually.

Q: What is the Easiest  Way to Immigrate to the U.S.?

A: The easiest way to immigrate to the U.S. is to get into contact with an immigration attorney and to explain that you are interested in immigrating to the United States. Your attorney will work with you to determine what the best approach to immigration is for your situation. Your attorney will also help you through the immigration application process to ensure that you don’t miss out any important steps that could delay your application.

Are You Looking For An Immigration Attorney in Pasadena?

Are you looking for an immigration attorney in Pasadena, California? If so, Nelson and Associates can help! Just give us a call today at 626-683-3451 and let us know how we can help you with your immigration case!