Millions of foreign-born nationals visit and immigrate to the U.S. each year. Those immigrants come to America and Alaska for a multitude of different reasons. Some are seeking economic and educational opportunities. Others want to come to America to live, to reunite with family or get married. In 2014, there were over 54,000 foreign-born nationals in the state of Alaska, the Migration Policy Institute reports. The reasons to move to or visit Alaska are numerous, but the process of immigrating is difficult whether you are seeking temporary or permanent status.
Temporary visas or nonimmigrant visas in Alaska
Immigrants who want to come to Alaska for to travel or work temporarily can gain lawful entry by applying for a nonimmigrant visa. These visas are issued to immigrants who plan to work or visit the U.S. but don’t intend to immigrate.
For more information on nonimmigrant visas visit the official website of the USCIS: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-nonimmigrant-workers
Immigrants who want to live in Alaska permanently or for the long term can apply for an immigrant visa. The U.S. State Department reports that in 2016, over 600,000 immigrant visas were issued at foreign outposts all over the globe. Typically, these visas are issued for employment or an immigrant’s relationship to a legal permanent resident and U.S. citizen.
Other immigration statuses include:
Deferred Action recipient
Legal permanent resident
Entering Alaska legally
To enter Alaska legally, an immigrant must first apply for a visa of asylum status at a U.S. consulate or submit their application to USCIS. It is possible for you to handle your visa, green card or citizenship application on your own but you’ll have a better chance getting approval if you have legal assistance.
A mistake, omission or misrepresentation on your immigration application can delay approval, and you could be required to go through the process again. That means you could wait a few years before you are granted a visa or immigration status.
USAttorneys recommends you consult with an immigration lawyer to assist you with the beginning stages of the immigration process
Alaska Immigration Laws
Alaska participates in “Secure Communities” which is a policy that requires law enforcement agencies check the fingerprints and immigration status of arrestees who they suspect are immigrants.
Illegal entry into Alaska
There are between 11 million and 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center. That is a high number and due in part the complexities immigrating to the U.S. Many immigrants are unwilling or can’t wait the months or years it takes to immigrate legally, so they enter the country without authorization or overstay their visa. It is not a good idea to enter the U.S. unlawfully, and it is illegal which means it can have serious consequences. Some undocumented immigrants can be barred three years or ten years, and many are banned from entering the U.S. permanently.
If you enter the U.S. without authorization or overstay your visa, and are facing deportation, you should contact a deportation and immigration attorney near you in Alaska for their expert advice. There are several ways to challenge deportation and minimize the consequences.
At USAttorneys, we have a team of knowledgeable, skilled immigration lawyers in Alaska offering a full range of immigration services. The immigration lawyers in our network are dedicated and will take all the necessary steps to obtain the immigration status you are seeking. Whether you need assistance with a work visa, family visa, green card or citizenship application, contact one of our excellent legal team.