U.S. immigration law can be complex, and there is a lot of confusion about how it works. Immigration laws have many goals, including keeping families together, bringing skilled workers to the U.S., and protecting people from danger. Some laws allow people to stay for a limited time. Other laws allow people to qualify for permanent legal status.
How the United States Immigration System Works
By: American Immigration Council
This fact sheet provides basic information about how the U.S. legal immigration system is designed.
What is Immigration Law About?
By: Catholic Legal Immigration Network
A summary overview of U.S. immigration laws and options, the sources of immigration law, and the federal agencies that carry out immigration laws.
Living in Limbo
By: Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
A guide to understanding your rights, benefits, and obligations when you have no immigration status
Glossary of Immigration Terms
By: Stand With Immigrants
A glossary of common immigration terms and definitions.