IMMIGRATION LAW: The Basics for Businesses
The Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA” or the “Act”)1 provides the basic framework for regulating the flow of foreign visitors, foreign workers, and permanent residents to the United States. This Act sets forth the channels for nonimmigrant (temporary) classification and immigrant (permanent resident) classifications. Through February 28, 2003, the INA was administered primarily by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”) under the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”). On March 1, 2003, the INS was abolished, and most immigration functions were transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or “Homeland Security”), except for Immigration Court functions, which remain in the DOJ,2 and some visa issuance functions that remain under the Department of State (“State Department” or “DOS”). View full article (PDF).