Immigration Laws and INS
Immigration Laws as the name suggests govern the lawful entry of persons to the U.S. In other words these laws take control the legal status of the people in terms of citizenship, obtaining permanent residence, etc. Each country has its own laws and regulations which in turn is regulated by the international law. INS plays a major role to keep up it’s mission following the laws and thereby administering the immigration system fairly and correctly.
The progress of Immigration laws has not been standard through out. INS was created after the Immigration and the Nationality Act came into action. Initially there were five major federal departments involved in the immigration process, out of which Department of Home Land Security was replaced by INS.
There was a time when persons who wanted to migrate to U.S. had to undergo so many procedures and they were not directed in the right path. The opinion that a common man had about immigration is, I don’t get one bit of this law into my mind, but after INS taking charge of the whole show the opinion now is ‘I get an answers to anything under the earth regarding the immigration’. This prove how the INS plays a major role in guiding and helping a layman regarding the process and procedures of immigration.
A foreigner can enter the U.S. in two major ways, its either for a permanent stay or for a temporary stay. There are different visas for each kind of stay. Immigrant visa, in case he wants to stay permanently in the U.S. like the K1 Visa, etc. Or Non Immigrant Visa for a short stay in U.S. like the B1 Visa, H2B, etc .The immigration INS helps customers by providing all the requirements and guides through out the whole process. The INS also ensure that there is an effective service and everyone who approaches them are treated with dignity, thereby producing world class results.
Further every year, the Federal government conducts a lottery program called the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program. This program grants 50,000 visas to people all around the world. However the law states that no diversity visas shall be provided for natives of “high admission” countries. The law defines this to mean countries from which a total of 50,000 persons in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States during the previous five years.
Immigration reforms bring a lot of changes by decreasing the influx of illegal immigrants, there by increasing the legal immigrants which in turn improves the overall skill level of the immigrants who make their entry for the first time in the U.S.
Immigration to U.S has become an easy process in spite of the laws. The INS makes the process as simple as possible. And by abiding with the laws it makes a foreigner feel that the process is no more a pain as it seems to be. Any person who would love to seek entry, live, study and work in U.S. can go ahead and fulfill their dreams.