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U.S. Visa Overview

Visas for the United States are documents that the government issues to allow foreign citizens to enter the country. Immigrant visas are for people to permanently live and work in the U.S. Nonimmigrant visas are for temporary stays and limited reasons. The U.S. requires citizens of most nations to have… Read More

Drug Crime Sentencing

There are severe penalties after a conviction for drug possession, drug trafficking, or selling illegal drugs. Half of all federal prisoners are serving jail time for drug crimes. The number of people doing prison time on drug charges in state prisons has increased since the 1980s. Even though medical and… Read More

The Top Ten Legal Steps To Take Before You Die

No one likes to think about dying. It’s a complicated topic, and your family may try to avoid it, making planning difficult. The end is inevitable for everyone, and planning for what might happen can prevent problems that may arise only after we pass away. Taking the necessary steps to… Read More

Social Security Benefits for Surviving Spouses

Social Security is a government-managed program that provides benefits to retired workers or workers who become disabled. Social Security provides monthly payments to workers who are qualified through work credits. Upon retirement and reaching a certain age, the worker can begin taking their Social Security retirement benefits… Read More

Why Everyone Should Have an Estate Plan

Many young people are hesitant to consult an attorney about creating an estate plan. Young Americans may believe that death is far away or that they don’t have enough assets to make estate planning necessary. However, estate planning is essential for older and young adults regardless of age or assets. Read More

Four Reasons Why Legal Residents Can Be Deported

Even if you have a permanent residence or are a green card holder in the United States, there are still situations where you may be at risk of deportation. Understanding U.S. immigration laws can help you avoid deportation.  This information is intended to be helpful but immigration laws can be… Read More

U.S. Citizenship Step by Step

The path to becoming a United States citizen requires a number of steps. Naturalization is the legal process where a foreign citizen can become a U.S. citizen. Citizenship can take several years but there are many benefits to becoming an American citizen. Before applying for U.S. citizenship, the applicant must… Read More

Permanent Residence Through Diversity Visas

One way to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States is through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Each year, 50,000 immigrant visas are issued through a lottery system, also known as the visa lottery or green cards. The visa lottery can be your best chance to immigrate to the… Read More

Do Undocumented Immigrants Have To Pay Taxes in the US?

Yes. Income taxes do apply to immigrants in the United States, even immigrants who are not in the country legally. Here we answer answers to common questions from undocumented immigrants who work and earn money in the U.S. Workers in the U.S. are required to pay federal income tax and… Read More

Requirements to Visit the U.S.

If a person wants to visit the United States temporarily, they are considered by U.S. immigration law to be a nonimmigrant visitor. Visitor visas for nonimmigrants are generally for people who want to come into the country for business, tourism, or a combination of the two. The types of foreign… Read More