Law 101


The Department of Homeland Security is charged with enforcing and administering laws related to immigration and naturalization in conjunction with the Attorney General and the Department of State. The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1 – 18), but were not organized in one location. Public Law No. 82-414 collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The INA has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law.

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Forms for immigration services are available on government websites at no charge. Avoid scammers who ask you to pay for them.

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These websites provide more information about researching immigration laws and procedures.