California Immigration Laws

California Immigration Laws

Immigration law in the United States of America has been constructed in a way that it conforms to the strictest standards and allows only those aspirants who fulfill the required criteria completely. The adoption of the immigration law for California by a person is permissible only when one conforms to the laws stated by the government of the United States of America.

Terms Usually Used in Immigration Laws
  1. Naturalization: A process that entitles a citizen of a foreign country to become the citizen of United States of America.
  2. Aliens: The persons who are not the citizens of the United States of America.
  3. Immigrant: An immigrant is that person who conforms to all rules and regulations and becomes eligible to stay in the United States of America permanently.
  4. Non-Immigrant: A non-immigrant is a citizen of a foreign country who has visited or is visiting the United States of America with the intention of returning to his home country.
  5. Permanent resident: A permanent resident is an ‘alien’ who has been given the consent to live in the United States of America permanently.
Ways to Become a Citizen of the United States of America:
  1. A person can become a citizen of the United States of America by following the naturalization procedure or by the virtue of him being born in the country.
  2. In other cases, a person is considered a citizen of the United States of America if one or both his parents are citizens of the country.
  3. If he is born to illegal immigrants in the country, he is still classified as a citizen.
California Visas:
  1. A visa is a stamp that grants a person the permission to enter the United States of America for business and/or pleasure trips.
  2. The government of the country allows people to enter without a visa if they are from specific areas of the world. This just means that people from specific countries around the globe (like Japan, Canada and European countries etc) can enter the United States of America without a visa stamp but may need to intimate the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) of their arrival, either in their home country or in the US.
  3. If an applicant applies for a visa, there are various criteria that need to be fulfilled before it is granted. A visa in some cases is granted promptly while in the others, it takes several months or even years before the applicant is given the consent to travel. The time period for the approval depends on reason for travel and the applicant’s home country.
Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Since there are various genres within which a person can apply for a visa to enter the United States of America, it is classified with the help of alphabets ranging from A to R. Here is the legend for the same:

  1. A visa: This is granted to diplomats and their immediate family members.
  2. B Visa: There are two subclasses within the ‘B’ visa category. B-1 visa is usually granted to ‘aliens’ who come to conduct business activities on American soil. They cannot be employed and are granted the visa only if they engage in business research, negotiation of contracts or if they engage in litigation. B-2 visa however, is for aliens to enter the country for a short trip, to visit friends or family or to receive medical attention.
  3. C Visa: This is a transit visa which is given only when a person needs to stop over on American soil while he is travelling to another country.
  4. D Visa: One can get this visa if s/he is a crew member of a foreign vessel or aircrafts.
  5. E Visa: An E visa holder is typically a trader or an investor from a country that is in a treaty with the US.
  6. F visa: This is granted to students who come to America to pursue academics from the elementary level going up to the post graduate level.
  7. G Visa: Representative of international organizations of foreign countries.
  8. H Visa: This visa is granted to those employees who work temporarily for US employers.
  9. I Visa: Media representatives are granted this visa.
  10. J Visa: A visa class for students who come to the United States of America for exchange programs.
  11. K Visa: This is allotted to an alien who intends to marry a US citizen once on American soil and to support any minor children that may be present
  12. L Visa: This is granted to employees who are transferred within multinational companies.
  13. M Visa: Students engaging in vocational programs are eligible for this visa.
  14. N Visa: Employees of international organizations who are on G visas can sponsor their relatives with the N visa.
  15. O Visa: For professionals in their fields and for people who accompany them.
  16. P Visa: For professionals touring in groups.
  17. Q Visa: This is granted to students who participate in international cultural exchanges.
  18. R Visa: This is granted to religious workers and their family members.
California Immigration Laws Offices
Office Name Address
Chula Vista Field Office 1261 3rd Avenue, Suite A Chula Vista, CA 91911
Fresno Field Office 1177 Fulton Mall Fresno, CA 93721.
Imperial Field Office 509 Industry Way Imperial, CA 92251.
Los Angeles Field Office 300 North Los Angeles Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sacramento Field Office 650 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814
San Bernardino Field Office 655 West Rialto Avenue San Bernardino, CA 92410
San Diego Field Office 880 Front Street San Diego, CA 92101
San Francisco Field Office 444 Washington Street San Francisco, CA 94111
San Jose Field Office 1887 Monterey Road San Jose, CA 95112
Santa Ana Field Office 34 Civic Center Plaza Santa Ana, CA 92701