As far back as the early days of colonization, the United States of America was built largely by immigrants who continue to be a contributing presence in the country today.
For those fortunate enough to be born in the USA – which immediately grants them U.S. citizenship -- it may be difficult to fully grasp the realities of life immigrants face on a daily basis.
Leaving family, friends, and their birthplace behind is a huge sacrifice for people coming to America in search of a better life. Being unfamiliar with the language, customs, traditions, federal/state regulations and immigration laws can be terribly frightening and overwhelming.
Some immigrants are successful in their venture for a new and better life, and some make many mistakes along the way.
When in doubt, or when you need assistance, you should always seek the help of a competent, knowledgeable U.S. immigration attorney. Therefore, this book is intended to better prepare you when asking probing questions to your attorney or another legal immigration adviser.
A Simple Guide to the Immigration Laws of the United States should not be used as legal advice because each factual situation is different. Unless they are a qualified, knowledgeable attorney, we recommend that you do not rely on friends or family as they may ill advise you on U.S. immigration matters.
Many people, like Savie and I, come to the United States seeking the American dream. We immigrated to improve our lifestyle, get a better education, and to increase our wealth (just to name a few desires), all of which can be obtained with much hard work and with the assistance of those in their new country.
It is our hope that by reading this guide you will have a better understanding of what it is like to be an immigrant in America, and what it takes to become a United States citizen.