Immigration is a relatively new area of law and one of the most dynamic. The United States allowed virtually unrestricted immigration for its first 100 years and didn’t impose any immigration restrictions until the 1880s. That’s why images of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island under the shadow of the Statute of Liberty are an integral part of America’s identity.
Major pieces of federal immigration legislation were passed in 1952, 1996, 2001, and 2002. Now, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a department within the Department of Homeland Security, oversees all immigration into the United States. As a result, immigration law and procedure has changed markedly in recent years and, with its increasing visibility as a hot-button political issue, immigration law promises to continue evolving in the years to come.
Given the current legal and political context, immigrating to the United States is undoubtedly a life-changing experience. Our goal is to make the immigration process as seamless as possible. Though immigrating to the United States can be arduous and challenging, our firm’s understanding of the federal immigration system will help guide your family through the process, providing some stability and peace of mind.