A. Roadmap to U.S. Immigration

This book will cover a lot of territory —almost all of U.S. immigration law, including your basic rights, strategies, and the procedures for getting you where you need to go. Any time you cover this much ground, it helps to have a road map —particularly so you’ll know which subjects or chapters you can skip entirely.

Take a look at the imaginary map below, then read the following subsections to orient yourself to the main topics on the map.

As you can see, the first stop along the way is the InadmissibiUry Gate. This gate represents a legal problem that can stop your path to a visa or green card before you’ve even started. If you have, for example, committed certain crimes, been infected with certain contagious diseases, appear likely to need welfare or government assistance, violated U.S. immigration laws, or match another
description on the U.S. government’s list of concerns, you are considered “inadmissible.” That means you won’t be allowed any type of U.S. visa or green card, except under special circumstances or with legal forgiveness called a waiver.

This gate gets closed on a lot of people who lived in the U.S. illegally for more than six months, which can create either a three-year or ten-year bar to immigrating. Even if you think you haven’t done anything wrong, please read Chapter 3 for more on the problem of ^admissibility.

If you get past the ^admissibility gate, the next stop along your theoretical journey is the Eligibility Bridge. This is where you must answer the question, “What type of visa or green card are you eligible for? ” Answering this question will involve some research on your part. You might already know the answer—for example, if you’ve just married a U.S. citizen, it’s pretty obvious that you want to
apply for a green card on this basis and should read the appropriate chapter of this book (“Chapter 7). Or, if your main goal is to attend college in the United States, then you probably know that you need a student visa, and can proceed straight to the chapter covering that topic (Chapter 221.

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