Question: How do people get visas, Green Cards, and Citizenship?
Answer: Asylum must be granted by an Immigration Judge. One year after that, the person can apply for a green card. Five years after that, they can apply for citizenship if they wish.United States Citizenship and Immigration Servies Department Provides Instructions on their website: HERE
The Citizenship Resource Center has a collection of helpful resources and free study materials for a variety of users including:
Immigrants who are interested in becoming U.S. citizens. Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) will find information about the naturalization process, eligibility requirements, and study materials to prepare for the naturalization interview and test.
Educators who play a critical role in preparing learners. Educators including teachers, volunteers, and program administrators will find several resources for the classroom. Educators can also search for free USCIS training seminars designed to enhance the skills needed to teach U.S. history, civics, and the naturalization process to immigrant students.
Organizations that are interested in supporting immigrants in becoming citizens and assisting them to integrate into American civic society. Whether an organization is just beginning to help immigrants on their journey towards citizenship or is an experienced service provider, they will find resources to help enhance their overall efforts and programs.
Having a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card (PDF, 6.86 MB) allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. The steps you must take to apply for a Green Card will vary depending on your individual situation.
Question: Where can I learn more about US Immigration Policy?
Answer: The Congressional Research Service conducts annual primer reports on immigration policy. The most recent report is here.
The most recent update was July 1, 2021. We expect this document to be updated soon.
American Immigration Council. (2021, October 15). A Guide to Title 42 Expulsions at the Border. Retrieved from American immigration Council: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/guide-title-42-expulsions-border
Congressional Research Service. (2021, December 22). Immigration: Apprehensions and Expulsions at the Southwest Border. Retrieved from Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov
Congressional Research Service. (2021, September 20). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) COVID-19 Policies and Protocols at the Southwest Border. Retrieved from Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov
Department of Homeland Security. (2021, December 6). Court Ordered Reimplementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols. Retrieved from Homeland Security: dhs.gov/migrant-protection-protocols
Office of the Inspector General. (2022, February 8). CBP Officials Implemented Rapid DNA Testing to Verify Claimed Parent-Child Relationships. Retrieved from Office of the Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2022-02/OIG-22-27-Feb22.pdf
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2021, October 1). Custody and Transfer Statistics FY2021. Retrieved from U.S. Customs and Border Protection: cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/custody-and-transfer-statistics-fy2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2021, October 1). Migrant Protection Protocols FY2021. Retrieved from U.S. Customs and Border Protection: cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/migrant-protection-protocols-fy2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2021, December 2). Nationwide Enforcement Encounters: Title 8 Enforcement Actions and Title 42 Expulsions FY2021. Retrieved from U.S. Customs and Border Protection: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics/title-8-and-title-42-statistics-fy2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2022, January 1). CBP Enforcement Statistics Fiscal Year 2022. Retrieved from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2022, January 12). Criminal Noncitizen Statistics Fiscal Year 2022. Retrieved from U.S. Customs and Border Protection: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics/criminal-noncitizen-statistics#