Migration of human beings from one place to another has been there since prehistoric times. It is the migration or movement of people from one nation-state to another in recent times that is referred to as immigration. The people move to a place of which they are not citizens. It may be noted that it is the long term permanent residence in a foreign country often leading to finally acquiring of citizenship that is called immigration. Tourists and short term visitors are not called immigrants though seasonal labor migrants for periods usually of less than a year may be looked upon as immigrants.
The immigration law refers to the policies of the national government relating to the controlling of the phenomenon of immigration to the country concerned. The nationality law concerning the legal status of the people in a country in question with regard to citizenship etc. closely associated with the immigration laws. Thus, immigration laws not only vary from country to country but also according to the political climate and policies being pursued from time to time.
With regard to immigration there are many countries that have strict laws. Such laws relate to the regulation of entry of foreigners into the country, right to work in there, participate in government of the country and such other aspects. Most of the countries however have laws that specify a process of naturalization for immigrants to become citizens over a period.
The immigration policy of a country is also closely associated with the immigration laws. These can range from isolationism wherein no migration is allowed at all to free immigration where there is permission granted for most forms of migration.
In the US immigration has acted as a major source of population growth and has also played a crucial role in bringing about cultural change over a period. There are economic, social and political aspects of immigration. This has the potential to give rise to controversy about race, ethnicity, religion, economic benefits, job growth, settlement patterns, and impact on upward social mobility, levels of criminality, nationalities, political loyalties, moral values and work habits. The US of the day is the one country that accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than the rest of the world combined. Thus the immigration laws, policies and aspects of the US are of particular importance.
Approaching a competent immigration lawyer can help you out regarding your immigration concerns in a number of ways-
• An analysis of the facts of your case is carried out thoroughly.
• The benefits for which you may be eligible are explained.
• The best ways for obtaining legal status is recommended.
• Help in completing and submitting the application in a proper manner is provided.
• You are briefed and updated about the new laws that may be affecting you.
• Avoiding delays, discussing the status of the case, speaking on your behalf, filing necessary appeals and waivers and making use of the system to your best advantage.