Most immigrants obtain immigration status through family or employment based petitions. However, there are numerous other ways to obtain status in the United States. Some examples include registry (for immigrants present in the United States since January 1, 1972) or the various amnesty programs that have existed over the years.

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Please note that immigration law is extraordinarily complicated, and for every rule there is an exception. The information on this website is therefore only a survey of the general principles of American immigration law, and should not be taken as legal advice regarding a specific case or fact pattern. If you would like an appointment to receive an analysis of your specific case, please contact our office.
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