Every year millions of individuals from the world over seek to enter the U.S. and build their lives in one of the country’s 50 states. Immigrants are drawn to the freedoms and opportunities afforded to Americans, and every year thousands of immigrants visit or settle in Alabama. According to the Migration Policy Institute, which tracks the movement immigrants worldwide, there were over 157,000 documented and undocumented immigrants living in the Yellowhammer State in 2014. Some come to work; others come to be reunited with loved ones, regardless of their reasons immigrating, our team of immigration lawyers in Alabama can help you get the status you are seeking.
Legal means of entering the U.S.
There are a few different ways to enter the U.S. and Alabama legally. An immigrant can apply for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa or seek asylum status if they face persecution or physical harm in their native countries.
Nonimmigrant visas are granted to individuals who would like to enter the U.S. temporarily but do not intend to immigrate permanently. Nonimmigrant visas can be issued for temporary work or travel within Alabama.
Immigrant visas are issued to individuals who hope to immigrate to the U.S. for the long-term or permanently. The can include HB-1 work visas, family visas or fiancé.
To see if you are or a loved one is eligible for refugee status or asylum visit the USCIS website.
Immigrating to Alabama
The first stage of the immigration process begins by applying for the appropriate visa or asylum through the USCIS. The process of immigrating to the U.S. is complicated and time-consuming. That is why your initial immigration applications are critical. Any mistake, omission of information, or misrepresentation will result in a denial of your immigration application, and you must start the process all over again. USAttorneys recommends you consult with an immigration lawyer to assist you with the beginning stages of the immigration process.
To get an immigration application go the USCIS website and download the forms you need.
Alabama immigration laws
In the U.S., most immigration laws are made on the federal level, though states have some latitude to dictate how immigrants are treated. Alabama has unique immigration laws in addition to federal laws.
A controversial law unique to the state, allows law enforcement officers to stop anyone they suspect of being an immigrant and ask about their immigration status. Officers are required to check the status of anyone they arrest, detain, or are subjected to a traffic stop.
Also, immigrants who are arrested will be fingerprinted, and their information will be run through a federal database. If they are undocumented, they can be detained, or their identities will be given to federal immigration authorities.
Illegal entry into Alabama
Entering the U.S. without authorization may be the only way some immigrants can reunite with family or flee poor living conditions in their native countries, but illegal entry into the U.S. can lead to deportation. Immigrants who enter illegally also face detention, criminal charges and being barred from entering the U.S. temporarily or permanently.
If you have received an order of removal, we recommend you get legal assistance immediately. There are numerous ways to fight deportation, but you need an experienced and skilled immigration lawyer in Alabama working in your case.
If you are an undocumented immigrant, there are remedies for your illegal status depending on the circumstances of your case. USAttorneys.com has a network of experienced immigration attorneys in Alabama who can help you with your visa, green card or citizenship applications, adjustment of status.