The scope of U.S. Immigration attorneys’ work encompasses any legal issues regarding foreign nationals entering the United States temporarily or permanently. These issues also cover the immigrants’ legal rights, duties, as well as obligations within the US territory. Immigration attorneys handle application procedures pertinent to the process of naturalization of foreigners, wishing to become U.S. citizens, as well as legal issues regarding refugees or asylees, foreigners crossing the U.S. borders illegally, this also includes individuals involved in trafficking or other types of illegal transportation of immigrants into the US.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) grants various and complicated rights, while the immigration law is in a process of constant change, many of its new regulations being derived from federal statutes, court cases and rules. This process involves several government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).