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  • Check Your Immigration Status Online

    If you have an application receipt number, you can check the status of your case online. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service
  • Foreign Labor Certification

    Hiring foreign workers for employment in the U.S. normally requires approval from several government agencies. Certain visa categories first require employers to seek labor certification through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Once the application is certified (approved), the employer must petition the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) for a visa. Approval by DOL does not guarantee a visa issuance. The Department of State (DOS) will issue a visa number to the foreign worker for U.S. entry. Applicants must also establish that they are admissible to the U.S. under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This site provides information to assist an employer in preparing a labor certification application in any one of the several employment-based visa programs. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers

    Are you temporarily in the United States to work? If you are, your employer will ask for your Social Security number. Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government. Social Security numbers can be assigned to foreign workers who are authorized to work in the United States. Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
  • HIV-Related Testing Requirements & Restrictions for Entry Into Foreign Countries

    This resource contains a list of countries and the HIV-Related testing requirements. Content Detail

    By:
    LAMBDA Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • How Can An Immigration Lawyer Help You?

    If you or a family member is interested in living in the United States, you may need someone who can help you understand U.S. immigration laws and who can help you apply for legal status. This page will help you decide if you need an immigration lawyer and what you need to know to choose a qualified lawyer or authorized representative. Lawyers will tell you what to expect up front. They will warn you of the risks and possibilities that can reasonably be expected. Content Detail

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    American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Know Before You Go

    This web page contains U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations for U.S. Residents: 1. Introduction 2. When You Return To The United States 3. Documentary Requirements For Entry 4. What You Must Declare 5. Register Items Before You Leave the United States 6. Duty-Free Exemption 7. Gifts 8. Duty-Free or Reduced Rates 9. Increased Duty Rates 10. Paying Duty 11. Sending Goods to the United States 12. Unaccompanied Baggage 13. Unaccompanied Purchases from Insular Possessions and Caribbean Basin Countries 14. Duty-Free Shops 15. Prohibited and Restricted Items 16. Money and Other Monetary Instruments 17. Traveling Back and Forth Across the Border 18. Photographic Film 19. Customer Service Programs 20. Other Travel-related Information Content Detail

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Make an Appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Make an Online Appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Obtaining a U.S. Visa

    This guide takes you though the basic steps on what you can expect throughout the process. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • Public Charge Fact Sheet

    Information for immigrants who receive public benefits and are trying to get a green card. PDF document (may load slowly). Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Student Visas

    If you want to study in the United States in an academic institution or to take language training in English, you may be able to receive an F-1 student visa. An academic institution may be a university, an established college, a private high school or a private elementary school. Study in a public high school or a public elementary school may be possible, but only under very limited circumstances. If you plan to study in a public high school or elementary school you should consult with a lawyer before doing so to avoid serious problems. Content Detail

    By:
    The American Immigration Law Foundation
  • United States Visa Policy

    The U.S. is a free and open society. We welcome citizens from around the world who genuinely want to visit, study, and do business here. We are dedicated to protecting their safety and keeping our doors open to them. Changes in visa procedures reflect our concern for ensuring the safety of U.S. residents and visitors alike, not to make it more difficult for legitimate travelers to enter the United States. This web site contains more information about changes in the process to obtain a U.S. Visa. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Passports

    The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports. This web site contains more information about U.S. passports. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Visa Information for Immigrants Seeking Permanent Resident Status

    Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate to live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for your visa. Click on the links below for more information on forms to use for visa applications, photograph requirements and more. Based on law, not everyone will receive a visa to come to the U.S. Learn about denials, ineligibilities and waivers. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • Visas for Family Members (Frequently Asked Questions)

    This document answers frequently asked questions about the kinds of visas that are available to family members of U.S. Citizens and residents. Read More

    By:
    Catholic Social Services
  • Immigration in South Carolina (Video)

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    South Carolina Legal Services - Greenville