Determining Immigration Status

Figuring Out Your Immigration Status and What It Means for You

The complexities of the immigration process leave many individuals unsure of where they fit in the system and what their rights are. It’s important to understand what your visa or green card allows and doesn’t allow you to do. Operating outside the terms of your status—even unintentionally—can be grounds for removal and prevent you from entering the United States again.

There are several different terms utilized by USCIS to specify an individual’s status in the United States. 

Those who enter the United States can be known as EWI’s (entrants without inspection), visa entrants, overstays, permanent residents, green card holders, lawful permanent residents, and resident aliens. Knowing your immigration status can help you when applying for driver licenses or state identification cards, jobs, filling out school applications, getting a bank account, or trying to get a loan.

If your immigration status is unclear to you, make it a priority to talk to an immigration lawyer today. Contact Serving Immigrants, Inc. now to schedule an appointment.