United States Immigration

United States immigration is a contemporary issue not only affecting all American citizens, but also, any foreign national wishing to reside within the United States as well. In 2006, America allowed thirty-seven and a half million immigrants enter United States soil, which was significantly more than any other country throughout the world. In the year 2006, immigrants granted permanent residency status in the United States increased by almost twelve percent from the previous year with nearly 1.3 million immigrants acquiring permanent resident status within America. Many of these immigrant initially entered the United States via student visas, work visas, tourist visas, temporarily residency permits, or illegally.

Within the United States, each municipality has the rights to determine the amount of police interdiction necessary into curtailing immigration within the United States. Some cities currently employ sanctuary statutes, which ban police authorities from asking persons about their residency or immigration status. For this reason, the following states, which all contain one or more of these sanctuary cities, contain a large immigrant population.

The most common destinations of United States immigration include the following states:

  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • New York
  • California

Due to the juxtaposition to the United States, immigrants coming from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America make up the large portion of the number of immigrants legally entering the United States, and in addition, these countries also produce millions of illegal immigrants annually.

In 2006, the top ten migrant-sending countries with immigrants attaining permanent residency in the United States in descending order include:

  • Mexico with 173,753 immigrants
  • China with 87,345 immigrants
  • Philippines with 74,607 immigrants
  • India with 61,369 immigrants
  • Cuba with 45,614 immigrants
  • Colombia with 43,151 immigrants
  • Dominican Republic with 38,069 immigrants
  • El Salvador with 31,783 immigrants
  • Vietnam with 30,695 immigrants
  • Jamaica with 24,976 immigrants

In order to acquire permanent residency status within the United States, immigrants must seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer in order to properly apply for citizenship or green card, and file all necessary documenting papers to help in their request to move to America. For many individuals, the process of gaining permanent residency inside the United States is not simple, but rather, a complex process involving multi-part strategies that only an immigration lawyer would full know how to implement and which scenarios call for their implementation. Besides application for permanent residency, individual foreigners may immigrate to the United States through a number of other documented methods including nonimmigrant employment visas (B-1, H-1B, or L1 visa), nonimmigrant immediate relative visas (K visa, K1 visa, K3 visa), nonimmigrant tourism visas (B-2 visas), or immigrant visas. Once inside the country with a documented visa, the process of attaining a V Visa or LPR Green Card from which an immigrant is deemed a permanent legal resident. Aside from using one of the many visa types to immigrate to the United States and in turn, acquire a permanent residency status, immigrants can also seek asylum under refugee status. According to the Federal Budget of the Fiscal Year 2008, the United States will accept exactly 80,000 refugees seeking asylum during that annual financial period.

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