Facts about Nevada immigration
Immigrants made up 19.4 percent of Nevada’s population in 2014.
45.3 percent of foreign-born individuals in the state were naturalized citizens (MPI).
Illegal immigration in Nevada
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics estimates that in January 2012, there was an estimated 11.4 million undocumented immigrants in U.S. Most undocumented immigrants enter the country through illegal border crossings, but 40 to 50 percent enter the country with a visa and become undocumented because they remained in the U.S. after their visa expired.
Many immigrants want to do the right thing and immigrate legally, but the process is difficult. Because of that some immigrants choose to enter without authorization or overstay their visa. Entering the U.S. without permission is illegal and has numerous consequences including incarceration and removal. An immigrant also risk being prohibited from entering the U.S for three years, ten years or permanently, depending on when they entered without authorization or how long they remained after their visa expire.
Obtaining legal authorization
Immigrants who get legal authorization to enter Nevada can get work authorization and don’t have to worry about being deported. The majority of immigrants gain entry through a visa which are issued based on the purpose of an immigrant’s travel and how long they plan on staying. Visas issued by the State Department fall into two categories:
Nonimmigrant visas- Nonimmigrant visas are issued for interim employment or short-term visits. In 2015, the State Department issued over 10.8 million nonimmigrant visas. Some of the more common immigrant visas include:
H-2A-Visa for Temporary Agricultural Worker
H-2B-Visa for Temporary Non-agricultural Worker
H-3-Visa for Trainee or Special Education visitor
Immigrant visa- Immigrant visas are awarded for permanent residency or employment in the U.S. In 2015, the State Department issued over 531,000 immigrant visas. An immigrant visa holder can apply for a green card, also known as legal permanent resident status. Some of the more common immigrant visas include:
Family relation of U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
Spouse of a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
HB-1 Visa- The H-1B visa is referred to as a dual-intent visa because it can be issued from temporary employment in the U.S. but it is possible for a person holding an H-1B visa to apply for a green card as long as they are sponsored by an employer. The H-1B visa is
The State Department website has a comprehensive list of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas on their website.
Other immigration statuses
Besides getting a visa, immigrants who are in personal danger or are the victims of persecution can seek asylum in the U.S. Less than 100,000 people a year are given asylum.
Humanitarian parole- Humanitarian parole is type of short-term status which gives immigrants authorization to come to the U.S. and live while it is unsafe for them to stay in their native country because it is unsafe. You can visit the USCIS website for a list of countries where the citizens are eligible for humanitarian parole. If you are an immigrant call an immigration lawyer in Nevada for assistance with your immigration applications.