Anyone who travels to the United States to visit, work, or live is considered an alien until he or she has gone through the proper channels to legally immigrate to this country. Hiring an immigration attorney is a good way for people foreign to the U.S. to make sure they follow all the legal steps needed to become a U.S. citizen and retain the right to live permanently or get a temporary visa. One thing people considering immigrating should consider is whether or not they meet the criteria set forth by the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) to make sure they contribute to society. 

Been Deported In The Past?

Any person wanting to immigrate to the U.S. must provide documentation to show that he or she hasn't been excluded or deported from the U.S. in the past. 

Ever Wanted To Be A Spy?

Any person coming to live in the U.S. cannot have a history of being a spy or terrorist. This includes people who are suspected or such activity or showing desire to do so. If a person is a member of a Communist Party, he or she can visit, but is not allowed to live here.

Participated in Criminal Activity?

To live in the U.S. you can't be a hardened criminal. Committing crimes, like assault, rape, murder, arson and robbery, can disqualify you from immigrating to the U.S.  A history of participating in prostitution within the past decade can also bar people from living permanently the U.S. 

Have Emotional Problems?

Emotional problems that are considered potentially harmful can prevent a person from making the move to the U.S. This includes schizophrenia, pedophilia, and pyromania. Aliens who are addicted to drugs or alcohol or who have a communicable disease that may be a public health threat can be denied visas and citizenship. 

Able To Support Yourself?

The U.S. wants aliens to be able to support themselves financially so they are not a burden on society. Financial stability is based on a person's income, work history, and whether the person has been on public assistance in the past. 

The U.S has to be picky about who can and cannot come to the U.S. because there are so many aliens who would like to visit, work or live here. This is why the criteria has to rule out anyone that is a threat to the physical safety and health of the American people.. If you are an alien and would like to immigrate to the U.S, you can discuss your qualifications with attorneys like Tesoroni & Leroy.