Immigration in Maryland
Below are some interesting facts about immigration in Maryland compiled by the Migration Policy Institute:
14.9 percent of Maryland’s population in 2014 was foreign-born.
48.8 percent of foreign-born residents of Maryland are naturalized citizens.
52.2 percent of foreign-born residents are noncitizens.
31 percent of foreign-born residents are Latino.
33 percent of foreign-born residents are Asian
Legal entry through a visa
Immigrants have several options to get authorization to enter the U.S., but most immigrants enter with a visa. The visa application process takes time and thoroughness. An immigrant can be denied a visa for a simple error on an application or an omission in an interview.
Most immigrants apply for a visa from these three categories:
Visa for travel
Visa for work
Visa for family-based immigration
There are dozens of visas an immigrant can apply for authorization to legally enter the U.S. The visa an immigrant applies for is contigent on their reason for travel and how long they intend to stay in the country. An immigrant should apply for an immigrant (permanent) visa if they want to work and live in the U.S. long-term. A nonimmigrant (temporary) visa is issued to immigrants who want to do seasonal work in the U.S. or want to travel.
We urge you to visit the official website of the USCIS to learn more about visas: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-nonimmigrant-workers
The most requested immigrant visas include:
Visa for spouses of U.S. citizens.
K-1 Visas for immigrants married to U.S. citizens
The most requested nonimmigrant visas include:
H-1B Visas- For workers with a bachelor’s degree at minimum with preferred skills.
H-2B Visas- Issued for temporary work in the agricultural industry and hospitality industry
Of the nonimmigrant category, H-1B visas are highly sought after because they are considered dual-intent visa. An H-1B visa can be used for temporary work in the U.S. and must be renewed, but in some cases, H-1B visa holders are permitted to apply for a green card. USCIS only grants 65,000 H-1B visas a year, so they run out quickly.
A large number of immigrants enter the U.S. with a visa, but some immigrants are refugees who are trying to get away from war zones, terrorist groups and perilous conditions in their native countries. Asylum is only given to about 100,000 refugees worldwide, even though they are put through a meticulous vetting process before being allowed in America. An immigrant with asylum status is granted authorization to work and can remain in the U.S. and apply for a green card.
Legal permanent residency and citizenship
Legal permanent residents have the choice to become American citizens if they remain admissible. That means they must stay out of legal trouble and maintain their residency. Relatives or spouses of U.S. citizens or green card holders and immigrants who are sponsored by an employer can apply for a green card.
Immigrating to the U.S. is rewarding, but it can also be difficult. Anyone who hopes to immigrate or help a loved one immigrate should retain a lawyer. USAttorneys can connect individuals with a knowledgeable immigration attorney in Maryland to assist with their case.