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Scores of immigrants flow in and out of the America every year, and the country is home to approximately 42 million foreign-born nationals. Some are in the U.S. temporarily to visit or work a seasonal job, but other immigrants come to America and settle in Massachusetts to be reunited with family or begin building a life in the states.
In 2014, roughly 15.7 percent of Massachusetts’ population was foreign-born data from the Migration Policy Institute shows.
Over 50 percent of foreign-born nationals are naturalized citizens. (MPI)
An immigrant who wishes to move to Massachusetts needs to follow the legal route which begins with applying for a visa. After getting a visa and meeting their residency requirements, an immigrant can apply for a green card then citizenship.
The legal immigration process can take a long time, and a large number of visa applications are not approved, so some immigrants enter the country illegally stay after their visa expires. Being undocumented puts an immigrant at risk of being detained and deported and possibly barred from reentering the U.S.
If you or a loved one could use help with an immigration issue, you should retain an immigration lawyer in Massachusetts. One of the experienced and proficient lawyers at USAttorneys will be by your side through all stages of the immigration process.
Most immigrants gain legal entry by obtaining a visa which is issued by the USCIS for travel, work, or to be reunited with family or a loved one. Below are common visa categories:
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