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Millions from around the globe want to come to America. Some want to work temporarily, and other immigrants want to come to the U.S. and build a life. Maine has a relatively small population of foreign-born nationals, but many immigrants wind up in New England state.
Immigrants have dozens of visas to choose from whether they just want to visit the U.S. or move there permanently. U.S. visas are either immigrant (permanent) or nonimmigrant (temporary) and are awarded to immigrants depending on how long they plan on being in the U.S. and if they intend to immigrate.
Immigrant (permanent) visas include:
Nonimmigrant (temporary) visas include:
In 2015, the State Department issued 21,613 employment-based nonimmigrant visas.
Asylum- Some immigrants are who are in physical danger or have been persecuted in their native countries. Refugee status is hard to obtain because immigrants go through an extensive vetting process.
Many of Maine’s immigrants strive for legal permanent residency or a green card. The status gives the holder work authorization and permission to live in the U.S. indefinitely. Green card holders have the right to travel internationally and within in the U.S. Legal permanent residents also have the right to sponsor a family member for a visa or green card. If you need more information about green cards visit the USCIS website.
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