IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS

Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A.

Our trusted law firm has many attorneys on staff who have the experience, knowledge and familiarity with immigration procedures necessary to secure the most favorable outcome for your case. Our Orlando immigration attorneys handle »»»Read more

Shorstein, Lasnetski, & Gihon

When you hire Shorstein, Lasnetski, & Gihon, you will receive big firm experience with small, old time, law office care. Focusing on criminal, immigration and personal injury law, Shorstein, Lasnetski, & Gihon »»»Read more

Colombo & Hurd, PL

Colombo & Hurd, PL is an immigration firm dedicated to serving individuals and businesses with all of their immigration needs. With immigration lawyers in Orlando and Miami, Florida we handle immigration and business matters »»»Read more

Brandt Immigration

At Brandt Immigration we understand the laws and circumstances governing immigration and the legal issues associated with the immigration process. We understand how these issues directly affect the course of your future and are determined »»»Read more

Attorney Gail Seeram

Attorney Gail Seeram has been a lawyer for over 16 years and personally handles your immigration case, instead of handing it off to a junior attorney, like many competitors, to deliver success in your immigration case. We offer a FREE »»»Read more

Shane, Shane & Brauwerman

The Shane, Shane & Brauwerman was founded on traditional values that are still exceedingly important today. The firm was selected by U.S. News & World Report Magazine as one of the Best Law Firms in America. The firm's attorneys »»»Read more

David Stoller Law

David Stoller is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law. He is one of 65 attorneys so designated by the Florida Bar as a specialist in this complicated area of the law. During his career »»»Read more

The Morgan Law Firm, P.A.

The Morgan Law Firm, P.A. is committed to providing its clients with professional and efficient legal representation. The firm primarily focuses its practice in the area of U.S. immigration law and has experience in handling complex immigration matters »»»Read more

Law Office of Maud Poudat, P.A.

With over ten years of experience representing individuals and businesses located both nationwide and worldwide to obtain business visas and green cards, we combine both the knowledge and skills needed to meet our clients’ various needs. Additionally, »»»Read more

The Law Office of Barry N. Brumer

The Law Office of Barry N. Brumer has professionally represented the legal rights of thousands of businesses and families since 1980. Attorney Barry N. Brumer and his multilingual staff treat each client as a family member and are honored to represent »»»Read more

The Law Office of Natalie D. Hall

Natalie D. Hall has been an attorney in Central Florida for over a decade. She started her legal career in South Florida working for a small private firm handling Family law cases, Immigration and Criminal Defense. After moving to Central Florida, »»»Read more

IMMIGRATION LAW SUMMARY

Immigration law refers to national government policies which control the phenomenon of immigration to their country

Immigration law, regarding foreign citizens, is related to nationality law, which governs the legal status of people, in matters such ascitizenship. Immigration laws vary from country to country, as well as according to the political climate of the times, as sentiments may sway from the widely inclusive to the deeply exclusive of new immigrants.

Immigration law regarding the citizens of a country is regulated by international law. The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights[1] mandates that all countries allow entry to its own citizens.

Certain countries may maintain rather strict laws which regulate both the right of entry and internal rights, such as the duration of stay and the right to participate in government. Most countries have laws which designate a process for naturalization, by which immigrants may become citizens.

The immigration laws in the United States have experienced uneven progress. During colonial times independent colonies created their immigration laws.[3] The first law governing the naturalization of foreigners was the Naturalization Act of 1790. However many years later the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed to stop the immigration of Chinese people. The Emergency Quota Act of 1921 and the Immigration Act of 1924 put a quota on how many immigrants were permitted, based on nationality and previous influx years. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 led to the creation of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Of the five, the Department of Homeland Security, which replaced the Immigration and Naturalization Service, enforces immigration laws and bestows benefits on aliens.[4] Immigration and Customs Enforcement,[5] and Customs and Border Protection.[6] The United States allows more than 1 million aliens to become Legal Permanent Residents every year, which is more than any other country in the world.[7] The United States also issues more Visas than any country in the world.[8]

Visas in the United States can be broadly separated into two categories: one for people seeking to live in the US; termed Immigrant Visas, and the other for people coming for limited durations, termed Non-Immigrant Visas. The former visa has "per country-caps", and the latter does not. Most non-immigrant visas are for work purposes, and usually require an offer of employment from a US business. Such immigration may involve restriction such as a labor certification to ensure that no American workers are able to fill the role of the job, hence designed to protect wages and conditions.[9] Other categories include student, family and tourist visas.[10] Each visa category is further divided into numerous subcategories; the large number of specific categories has been recommended as a main area for comprehensive immigration reform.[11]