Are you interested in immigrating to the United States? Are you hoping to help a family member make their way to the country in a legal manner?

If you answered yes to either question, it’s important to understand the many immigration laws that could impact your situation.

Here are some of the most important questions to answer in regards to immigration:

What factors does the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) consider when granting immigration status?

There are four primary factors:

  • Whether the person has an immediate relative who is currently a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Whether the person has a permanent employment opportunity in the country.
  • Whether the person is making a capital investment in the country, all the while meeting a particular minimum dollar amount. Furthermore, the investment must save or create a specific number of employment opportunities.
  • Whether the person qualifies for refugee status.

While there is more to each factor than outlined above, this should help you understand what the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) looks at.

What is the Diversity Lottery Program?

This is in place to award immigrant visas to people from countries with a low immigration rate to the United States. A lottery system is in place because there are typically more applicants than the number of visas.

What are the circumstances that lead to deportation?

Generally speaking, this comes into play when an alien commits a crime or violates an immigration law. If this happens, the person must give up the right to remain in the United States. Also, this typically means the person is unable to return to the country in the future.

These are far from the only questions associated with immigration laws. As you move through the process, you’ll realize that other details will require your attention.

Since there is so much to think about, since there are mistakes you need to avoid, it’s never a bad idea to consult with an immigration attorney. This person can review your case, answer your questions, provide guidance and help you move through the system in the appropriate manner. In other words, your legal team can increase the likelihood of becoming a legal immigrant in the near future.