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State Immigration Laws

Most immigration laws come from the federal government, enacted by Congress through federal regulations. But states also have laws for certain immigration-related activities. The federal government has the sole authority to determine immigration status and grant visas, green cards, and citizenship. But there are some state-level immigration laws. State immigration laws often deal with:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Licensing
  • State benefits

These state laws are constantly changing. Critics say they infringe on the federal government's immigration duties. Each state legislature has the power to pass laws. And they can be quite different from those of the federal government. Becoming familiar with the state's laws where you live is essential.

This section lists relevant U.S. immigration laws in all 50 states. It can help noncitizens and people without proper documentation navigate the U.S. immigration system. It can also help U.S. citizens trying to help family members. It's important to know what consequences your legal status can have for your travel or immigration to the United States.

States also treat DACA recipients differently. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It protects eligible young adults from deportation after their parents brought them to the United States as children. It also gives these young adults work authorization for limited periods. Those periods of work authorization are renewable.

Read on to learn about these differences and immigrant visas. This section also addresses how immigration officials manage immigration policies in each jurisdiction. You'll also find more information about the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This federal law controls many aspects of the U.S. immigration system.

Confused? Speak with a Lawyer Today

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to protect your rights best. If you're facing deportation, for example, you likely need help from a qualified immigration attorney. It's always a good idea to seek legal advice from an experienced legal professional.

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