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Immigration Law Overview

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Immigration law is the law that exclusively governs immigration. Specifically, the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act governs who the government can allow in, and for how long, and who the federal government can deport. Immigration law is comprised of a very complex web of rules, regulations, and exceptions.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is the government agency that handles immigration and nationality matters for foreign nationals who come to the United States. They handle applications and petitions for legal status, decide who can enter and stay in the U.S., and enforce U.S. immigration laws.

There are a variety of ways to get in the United States and stay in, and there are some popular misconceptions about Immigration Law that should be dispelled.

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