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Immigrating to Indiana
The United States draws millions of immigrants from all corners of the world to its shores because it offers freedoms and economic opportunities. Millions of immigrants come to the U.S., and some make Indiana their home. The Hoosier State isn’t top of the list of immigrant destinations, but there were over 319,000 foreign-born nationals in the state in 2014, the Migration Policy Institute reports. Immigrants are welcome to the U.S. to travel, work and even live as long as they follow the legal process which we’ll discuss here.
Authorized entry through a visa
It takes hard work and dedication to get a visa. The application process is lengthy, so an immigrant needs to be patient. Any error or omission in an application can result in a delay or denial of your visa. An immigration lawyer in Indiana can identify the appropriate visa for your needs and stand by you through the entire immigration process.
If you plan on immigrating to Indiana, you can apply for one of the following:
Those visas and others fall into one of two categories:
Immigrant visa- Immigrants who want to go to Indiana to live and work, can apply for an immigrant visa. Immigrant (permanent) visas are issued to individuals with the desired job skills or immigrants who are related to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
Nonimmigrant visa- Nonimmigrant visas are issued for temporary travel or work in the U.S. and usually expire within 90 days or less. H-1B visas, H-2A visas, and H-2B are common immigrant (temporary) visas. For additional information about nonimmigrant visas, we urge you to visit the official website of the USCIS: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-nonimmigrant-workers
Entry through asylum
Immigrants overseas who live in countries ravaged by war, drug violence, or natural disasters are considered refugees. To be granted refugee status, an immigrant must prove that they are at risk of being harmed or persecuted in their native countries. If an immigrant is given asylum, they can live and work in the U.S. until they decide to return home or apply for a green card.
Green card or legal permanent residency
A green card holder is also considered a legal permanent resident. Green card holders have work authorization and permission to travel within the U.S. and internationally. Green card holders aren’t allowed to vote, but they can collect some public benefits like food stamps. Becoming a U.S. citizen takes dedication and perseverance because an immigrant must first establish residency, submit to biometrics and pass a civics test. Immigrants who hope to become a legal permanent resident should have the assistance of an immigration lawyer.
The following groups of immigrants are eligible for a green card:
Relatives or spouses of U.S. citizens or green card holders
Immigrants sponsored by a U.S. employer
In 2014, the USCIS naturalized 653,416 green card holders, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. Each one of those immigrants worked very hard to become naturalized citizens because the process can take years. Immigrants must meet residency requirements, go through biometrics testing and pass a civics test.
Immigrating to the U.S. is rewarding, but it is not a simple endeavor. If you are an immigrant and want to apply for a visa, sponsor a family member for a visa or get a green card, contact an immigration attorney in Indiana today.