Each year, hundreds of thousands of people legally enter the United States. There are currently millions of immigrants and non-immigrants in the U.S. Many visit temporarily for work, study, tourism or to visit friends or family. Others immigrate to the U.S. to stay permanently, either as permanent residents or U.S. citizens.
Since 2003, legal immigration into the U.S. has been governed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), both of which are also components within DHS, handle immigration enforcement and border security functions.
Applying to enter the U.S. can be a long and complicated process. Each immigration category has its own requirements and procedure. Although it may be difficult, it is not impossible. It is important to have a strong understanding of what is needed to avoid unnecessary costs and delays. It is always a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney who can provide the best available options.
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