International Migration
US Official Documents
U.S. Department of State travel page. Contains travel information and advisories, visa information and links to governmental immigration information and to home pages of U.S. Consulates. other important sites at he US Department of State are:
United States Visas. Information on obtaining visas to visit the US
United States embassies and Missions Abroad
United States Department of Homeland Security. This a link to the website of the agency in charge of the internal security of the United States.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Website fo the USCIS, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities. These functions include: adjudication of immigrant visa petitions; adjudication of naturalization petitions; adjudication of asylum and refugee applications; adjudications performed at the service centers, and all other adjudications performed by the INS.
United States Customs and Border Protection. This is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security that combines the inspectional workforces and broad border authorities of US Customs, US Immigration, Animal and Plant health Inspection Service and the Border Patrol.
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. It is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation’s border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.
Excutive Office for Immigration Review. An agency within the Department of Justice that administers and interprets Federal immigration laws and regulations through the conduct of immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings in individual cases. EOIR carries out these responsibilities through its three main components:
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) , which hears appeals of decisions made in individual cases by Immigration Judges, Department of Homeland Security District Directors, or other immigration officials;
The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) , which oversees all the Immigration Courts and their proceedings throughout the United States; and
The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which adjudicates cases concerning employer sanctions, document fraud, and immigration-related employment discrimination.
U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. The bipartisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform was authorized by Section 141 of the Immigration Act of 1990. The Commission expired on December 31, 1997. The mandate of the Commission was to review and evaluate the implementation and impact of U.S. immigration policy and to transmit to the Congress reports of its findings and recommendations. In particular, the Commission examined the implementation and impact of provisions of the Immigration Act of 1990 related to family reunification, employment-based immigration, and the program to ensure diversity for the sources of U.S. immigration. Here you may also get the report on the US-Mexico Binational Study on Migration.
Immigration issues in Welfare Reform: From the National Conference of State Legislatures. Welfare Reform Update!! Immigration. Excellent page to consult on what changes in regard to benefits for legal migrant's access to welfare benefits in the United States.
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service . Contains information on U.S. Immigration services, statistical information on U.S. immigration and information on the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as well as information on the LIFE Act ennacted in the year 2000.
US Department of Labor. he Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.