Common Immigration Law Terms

Common Immigration Law Terms

02/08/2017

An important factor that each person must be aware of is the legal jargon and terminology associated with U. S. immigration matters. This article will discuss a number of terms and legal words used in the U. S. immigration law and how they affect or relate to immigration matters.

Some common terms found in U. S. immigration law include the following:

Expedited removal – This refers to the quick procedures used by Customs and Border Patrol officers at U. S. borders and ports of entry to decide that a person cannot enter the United States. The officers have a lot of power and are able to refuse entry when they believe that the person has used fraud or is carrying improper documentation. This can also be termed as summary removal. People that are removed in this manner from the U. S. are barred from re-entering the United States for 5 years.

A-number – an A-number is an eight or nine digit number following the letter A. The letter A stands for alien. The USCIS assign an A-number to a person who applies for a green card, for specific other immigration benefits or who is placed in removal proceedings. Once you have been assigned an A- number, USCIS uses it to track your file. Therefore, it is important that you include it in any correspondence with the USCIS. 

Alien – according to the USCIS the term alien refers to a foreign born person who is not a citizen or national of the United States. Therefore, the word covers everyone from illegal aliens to green card holders who are not citizens or nationals of the United States.

Citizenship exam – the citizenship exam is the test that a lawful permanent resident must pass in order for him or her to become a U. S. citizen. This exam covers the English language as well as U. S. civic, history and government.

Conditional resident – a conditional resident is a person whose status is almost identical to a lawful permanent resident with the exception that his or her status expires after a set period of time. This includes persons whose marriages to U. S. citizens have not reached their second anniversary by the time they are approved for residency, therefore, their residency will expire after another 2 years. It is possible that USCIS can terminate a conditional resident’s status immediately in the case where it is discovered that the marriage is a sham. Conditional residence also includes people who received there green cards as investors in a U. S. business. Such persons also need to go through a two year testing to ensure that they maintain an active role in that business.

Public charge – in immigration law this term is for an immigrant who has insufficient financial support and goes on welfare or other government assistance.
Resident – this is someone who is residing legally in the U. S. whether temporarily, permanently or conditionally.

If you have a case regarding immigration, Cleveland Ohio seek out a law firm of renowned immigration lawyers.

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Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration attorney with 20+ years of experience representing families and businesses in all aspects of immigration law. Richard was voted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and listed in Super Lawyers© for ten consecutive years, Richard is the founder of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm serving clients in over 12 languages from offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, whose attorneys have represented diverse clientele, from Fortune 500 companies to undocumented workers, from technology entrepreneurs to NFL teams. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. ---Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Richard has appeared FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch and InformationWeek.

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