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Immigrating to Connecticut
Immigrants come to the United States in droves looking for economic and educational opportunities and freedoms they don’t have at home. When an immigrant plans to come to the U.S. to travel, to work or to be reunited to with a loved one, they must get approval for their travel either by applying for a visa, asylum or a green card.
Facts about Connecticut Immigration
Below we will share a few facts about immigration in Connecticut from the Migration Policy Institute:
13.7 percent of Connecticut’s population was foreign-born.
27.7 percent of the state’s immigrants are Latino.
22.2 percent of the state’s immigrants are Asian.
The U.S. offers a wide variety of visas to immigrants who would like to travel to the U.S., get a job and reunite with a family member. There are two primary categories of visas: nonimmigrant (temporary) or immigrant (permanent). There are 20 different types of temporary or nonimmigrant visas issued to foreign-born nationals for short-term travel or work in the U.S. and usually expire within months. Immigrant visas are issued to persons who plan to remain in the U.S. permanently and work towards obtaining a green card or citizenship. Commonly issued visas include:
Temporary work visa
Fiancée/ Fiancé visa
Immigrant work visa
There are limits on how may visas in each category are issued every year. Congress is responsible for setting those limits. For instance, USCIS only issues 65,000 H-1B visas each year. It is one of the most sought after visas for immigrants, and limits are met quickly so many hopeful immigrants are forced to wait years before getting a visa. If you need to apply for a visa, we recommend you enlist an attorney. They can complete your applications and ensure they are error-free, make sure you meet critical deadlines and can accompany you to immigration interviews or hearings.
Legal permanent resident or green card
The USCIS was granted to green cards or legal permanent residency to over 900,000 people in 2014, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Immigrants who are awarded legal permanent resident status are granted work authorization, are allow to travel internationally and have the freedom to remain in the U.S. Green card holders are also allowed to sponsor a family member, a spouse or a child for an immigrant visa or green card.
Learn more about green cards by visiting: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard.
In 2014, 645, 949 immigrants earned U.S. citizenship. Each one of those individuals went through the arduous process of naturalization which takes dedication and perseverance. An immigrant must first establish residency, submit to biometrics and pass a civics test before they can become naturalized citizens. Immigrants who have a desire to become a U.S. citizens need a lawyer’s assistance with all aspects of their case.
Connecticut takes part in a federal program referred to as “Secure Communities,” which requires law enforcement officers to fingerprint anyone they arrest. The fingerprints are checked with a federal database to check immigration status and criminal record.
Undocumented immigration to Connecticut
Many immigrants who settle in Connecticut are undocumented because they crossed a border without authorization or stayed after their visa expired. There is a long list of reasons immigrants bypass the legal process and enter without authorization, but there are consequences to illegal entry including detention, deportation and being barred from re-entry.
Immigrating to the U.S. is a tough but worthwhile journey. You can easily overcome the hurdles you face by retaining an immigration attorney in Colorado. Whether you want to apply for a visa, green card or citizenship, get the help of someone well-versed in immigration law and hire an attorney.