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Tips For New Immigrants

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Immigrating to the United States to live here permanently is an important and complex decision. The US State Department offers excellent guidance for foreign nationals immigrating to the US.  Visit to learn about who may immigrate to the United States, the different types of immigrant visas, the required forms, and the steps in the immigrant visa process.

In general, to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition. Therefore, a first step is filing a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For information on this step, visit the USCIS website.

Petitions Required to be Filed in the United States

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident sponsors residing in the United States file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility or Phoenix Lockbox facility, following instructions on the USCIS website. U.S. employers file Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker, as instructed on the USCIS website.

Filing Immigrant Petitions Outside of the United States

Some petitions may be filed outside of the United States. Review Filing Immigrant Petitions Outside the United States to learn more.

Immigrants can find more information at the US State Department website

Applying for Health Insurance for New Immigrants

New residents might not be eligible for traditional US health insurance.  Immigrants may still purchase international health insurance which does not require social security numbers.  Get an health insurance for immigrants quote from Insurance Services of America.