Are there basic rights accorded to immigrants or undocumented immigrants?
Yes, there are some basic rights in place for immigrants and undocumented immigrants. An example of those rights would be if an immigrant or undocumented immigrant were to be stopped by immigration authorities, local police or the FBI, an immigrant or undocumented immigrant does have the right to remain silent. This is especially true when it comes to disclosing your immigration status.
An individual who is stopped also has the right to speak with an attorney prior to responding to any questions or signing any documents.
If you have been accused of committing a crime, if you are not a U.S. citizen, and irrespective of your immigration status, you have the same rights accorded to a U.S. citizen in a criminal case/situation.
If you are dealing with matters relating to immigration and immigration law you also have the right to a hearing in front of an immigration judge, the right to an attorney or other entity with experience in immigration law and the right to talk to Consular officials representing your country of origin. You must assert your rights, as immigration courts do not provide legal counsel.
It is important to remember that you would only have a hearing before an immigration judge if you have not waived your right, have agreed to leave the country, have a criminal record, were ordered deported at another time or were apprehended and arrested at the border.
- Am I eligible to apply for an H-4 work permit?
- Are there basic rights accorded to immigrants or undocumented immigrants?
- Are there some individuals that are not eligible to obtain a business visa?
- Can a deportation order be appealed?
- Can a spouse’s conditional permanent resident status in the United States be changed?
- Do I have to get labor certification if I am already working and have L-1 status?
- Do I need to apply for a visa to come to the United States? I live in Canada.
- Does the United States recognize dual nationality?
- How does one get a temporary visa that allows one to enter the United States?
- How long does a permanent resident have to wait before applying for U.S. citizenship?
- I am a citizen of Syria. Is this going to impact the processing of my visa?
- I am an immigrant and live in Palo Pinto, Texas. My sister lives in Wheeler, Texas. What immigration office do we need to go to in order to deal with our immigration paperwork?
- I am confused about working Visas. I am a religious worker, is there a temporary working visa available for me?
- I am going to the United States to study and look for work. Can I do that on a visitor’s visa?
- I am hoping to obtain employment as a temporary worker. What kind of a visa do I need?
- I applied for a visa and was refused. No one will refund my fee. Why?
- I do not understand what an Adjustment of Status means. How could it affect me?
- I have a valid U.S. visa, but my passport has expired. Do I have to get a new visa?
- I have been told I need an Intra-Company Transfer Visa? What is that and what does it permit?
- I have been told that there is an Immigration Lottery. Is that true?
- I have not heard anything with regard to my petition for an immigrant visa and I applied about three weeks ago. Why isn’t my case at the National Visa Center yet?
- I have plans to come to the United States to start a business and have been told that I may need an investor visa. What is an investor visa?
- I just found out that my case (application) has arrived at the National Visa Center (NVC). What happens now?
- I just realized that my visa is going to expire while I am in the United States is this going to be a problem?
- I need to make a trip to the United States for business. I am traveling from Lebanon. How early should I be applying for a visa?
- I own a large international company in the United States with other offices globally and some of our business travelers were denied visas. What do we do?
- I want to immigrate to the United States, but I do not know how to get a green card. How may I obtain one?
- I want to marry a U.S. citizen, but I have J-1 exchange program exchange status. Am I able to stay in the U.S. and apply for a green card?
- I was admitted to the United States under an L-1A status, for temporary work, but need to change that to H1-B due to receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. Am I able to change my status?
- I was offered a job in the United States but do not know if I would qualify for a visa. I am a Mexican national engineer. Could I get a visa?
- I was recently issued a B-1 visitor’s visa. What type of travel is appropriate for me?
- I wish to file for Premium Processing for H-1B. I have been told that is not currently possible. Is that correct?
- If a U.S. citizen adopts a child affected by a natural disaster in another country, will that child be eligible to come to this country and become a U.S. citizen?
- If I apply for government benefits, do I run the risk of being deported as a public charge?
- Is information I get on the telephone from USCIS considered to be reliable?
- Is it necessary to go through the whole visa application process again if my non-immigrant visa expires?
- Is there a difference between citizenship and naturalization?
- Is there a way to obtain an H-1B visa even if the annual cap has been met?
- Is there more than just one kind of immigration visa?
- My friend is pregnant, has an expired visa and has a green card sponsor who wants to marry her. Is she able to claim medical condition to extend her stay and then convert to a permanent resident?
- My friend told me that there is no difference between naturalization and citizenship. But I read that is not true. What is the difference between naturalization and citizenship?
- My goal is to start a new business in the United States, but I may be short on cash to accomplish that. What are my options in this case?
- My sister’s husband-to-be has been admitted to the U.S. to get married. Are there any circumstances that may arise that would require him to leave the country?
- My wife and I may be getting divorced, but I am concerned about how this may affect my immigration status. If we do get divorced, what happens to my immigration status?
- The company that hired me is in the middle of a merger. Are there any rules that apply here that would affect my employment?
- We have a family medical emergency and need our relative to immigrate to the U.S. as soon as possible. Is this possible?
- What are the eligibility requirements to become a naturalized citizen of the United States?
- What criteria are there in relation to an immigrant’s deportation and what are the consequences of being deported.
- What else do I need to enter the United States besides my visa?
- What is a U visa?
- What is an EB-5 visa?
- What is the Diversity Lottery Program?
- What is the latest information regarding an H-1B employee in relation to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision rendered In Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC?
- What points are considered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in granting immigration status?
- What types of temporary working visas are issued the most frequently?
- When am I supposed to complete my Form I-9?
- When does the application period for H-4 work permits begin?
- When does the government start accepting petitions for H-1B visas?
- When I petitioned for a relative I was a green card holder. I am now a U.S. citizen. Can I upgrade the petition?
- Will the government extend eligibility for employment authorization for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants?
- With the current uncertainty regarding U.S. visas, whom do I contact for information, the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of State?