The USCIS LAWS section provides information on laws, regulations and interpretations controlling immigration and the work of the immigration-related components of the Department of Homeland Security. The LAWS section includes several legal resources linked on the left of this page. These links include information on:
– Published USCIS regulations in Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 C. FR).
– Statutes governing immigration law in the Immigration Nationality Act… Read more

Immigration and Nationality Act

The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration law but were not organized in one location. The McCarran-Walter bill of 1952, Public Law No. 82-414, collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The Act has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law… Read more

A U.S. passport is your key to the world. Get yours today!

A U.S. passport is your key to the world. Get yours today! How to Apply for or Renew your Passport; Fees for Your Passport; Track your Application; Your Passport Forms; Where to Apply; Report your Passport Lost or Stolen… Read more

What is a U.S. Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States… Read more


Welcome to the Consular Electronic Application Center! On this website, you can apply for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa; apply to renew an A, G, or NATO Visa; apply for an Immigrant Visa; or check the status of your visa application. On this website, you can also pay certain fees associated with your Immigrant Visa application.Please note that, in most situations, submitting your application is just one of the steps in the application process. Please select the appropriate application for more information. To learn more about obtaining a United States visa or passport… Read more


Press Release: Attorney General Sessions Issues Memo Outlining Principles to Ensure That the Adjudication of Immigration Cases Serves the National Interest.
Press Release: Justice Department Releases Statistics on the Impact of Immigration Judge Surge.
Press Release: Return to Rule of Law in Trump Administration Marked by Increase in Key Immigration Statistics.
Press Release: Executive Office for Immigration Review Swears in Immigration Judge… Read more