Helpful Links

1. USCIS Links (General)

2. State Department Links (General)-Consular Processing

3. H-1B Related Links

4. J-1 Related Links

5. F-1 Students

6. TN (Trade NAFTA) Related Links

7. Temporary Workers Under Other Free Trade Agreements (FTA)

8. Green Cards/Permanent Residence

9. Naturalization

10. Foreign Medical Graduates

11. Registered Nurses

12. Diversity Visa Lottery

13. For Permanent Residents

14. US Department of Labor/State OES Links

15. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Links

16. Other General Links

17. Human Rights Links

 

 

USCIS LINKS (GENERAL):

USCIS Home Page: https://www.uscis.gov/

USCIS Case Status Service: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

USCIS Civil Surgeons Locator: https://my.uscis.gov/findadoctor

USCIS Online Change of Address: https://egov.uscis.gov/coa/displayCOAForm.do

USCIS Service and Office Locator: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.detail&office=CSC&OfficeLocator.office_type=SC&OfficeLocator.statecode=CA

Info Pass: https://my.uscis.gov/appointment

US-VISIT Program: https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/usvisit/usvisit_edu_traveler_brochure_english.pdf

Biometrics Info: https://www.dhs.gov/obim-biometric-identification-services

STATE DEPARTMENT LINKS (GENERAL)-CONSULAR PROCESSING:

Visa Bulletin: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html

Visa Reciprocity & Country Documents: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html

Visas State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

Questions About Visas (FAQs): https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/frequently-asked-questions.html

Permanent Immigrants to the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate.html

Links to US Embassies & Consulates Worldwide: https://www.usembassy.gov/

National Visa Center: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/nvc.html

State Department's Travel Page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html

Non-Immigrant Visas Requirements for Canadian & Mexican Foreign Nationals: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/employment/nafta.html

Visa Waiver Program: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

State Department's Photo Composition Checklist: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html

Glossary of Visa Terms: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/glossary.html

Passport Application Info (State Dept.): https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

Passport Application & Forms: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

 

 

 

 

H-1B RELATED LINKS:

Online Visa Appointment Reservation System (Canada): https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv

Visa Information Services (Mexico): https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mx/niv

Online Wage Library & Data Center: http://www.flcdatacenter.com/​

California Board of Pharmacy-Licensure:  http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/about/verify_lic.shtml

Kansas Board of Pharmacy-Licensure: https://ksbop.elicensesoftware.com/portal.aspx

Kansas-Professional Registration Verification: http://www.kansas.gov/services/

Missouri Division of Professional Registration: http://pr.mo.gov/professions.asp

H-1B Specialty Occupation/LCA Obligations-DOL Site: https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/h-1b.cfm

 

 

 

 

J-1 RELATED LINKS:

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Program: http://j1visa.state.gov/

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa - Q & A’s: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/exchange.html

J-1 Exchange Visitor’s Skills List: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/exchange/exchange-visitor-skills-list.html

Waiver of the J-1 Visa 2-Year Foreign Residency Requirement: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student/residency-waiver.html.html

J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (AILF): 

J-1 Exchange Visitor Eligibility Requirements & Sponsorship Categories (AILF):

 

 

 

 

 

F-1 STUDENTS:

F-1 Student Visas - Q&A’s: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html

International Students (Student and Exchange Visitor Program): https://www.ice.gov/sevis

 

 

 

 

TN (TRADE NAFTA) RELATED LINKS:

NAFTA Website: http://www.naftanow.org/

Professions Covered By NAFTA: 

 

 

 

 

TEMPORARY WORKERS UNDER OTHER FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS (FTA):

H-1B1 Professional Workers - Singapore and Chile: 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN CARDS/PERMANENT RESIDENCE:

Lawful Permanent Residence (“Green Card”): https://www.uscis.gov/greencard

How Do I Get a Visa Immigrant Number?: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/visa-availability-and-priority-dates

Immigration Through a Family Member: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-through-family

PERM - Permanent Labor Certification: https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/perm.cfm

Online Wage Library and Data Center: http://www.flcdatacenter.com/

How Do I Get a Work Permit (EAD)?: https://www.uscis.gov/i-765

How Do I Get a Travel Document (AP)?: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/travel-documents

EB-1 Eligibility & Filing: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-first-preference-eb-1
EB-2 Eligibility & Filing: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-second-preference-eb-2

EB-3 Eligibility & Filing:  https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-third-preference-eb-3

 

 

 

 

NATURALIZATION:

A New Guide to Naturalization: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/article/M-476.pdf

Naturalization FAQshttps://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization

Naturalization - Waivers, Exceptions and Special Cases: https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization/exceptions-accommodations

Redesigned Naturalization Test: https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test

Naturalization Self-Test (USCIS study guide): https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics

Military Naturalization - Fact Sheet (USCIS): https://www.uscis.gov/military

 

 

 

FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES: 

Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG): http://www.ecfmg.org/

Physicians - ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment (Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates): http://www.ecfmg.org/2016ib/exam-requirements.html

Medical Residency Program Requirements: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/international-medical-graduates/practicing-medicine/residency-program-requirements.page​

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education: https://www.acgme.org/

Association of American Medical Colleges: https://www.aamc.org/

Federation of State Medical Boards: http://www.fsmb.org/

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) - Dept of Health & Human Resources: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) - Government Database/Search: https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/analyzers/hpsafind.aspx

How To Apply for HPSA Designation: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/hpsas/apply.html

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE): http://www.usmle.org/

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTERED NURSES: 

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS): http://www.cgfns.org/

American Association of Foreign Educated Nurses: http://aafen.tripod.com/

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): https://www.ielts.org/

Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL): http://www.ets.org/toefl/

Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC): http://www.ets.org/toeic/

NCLEX: https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm/​

 

 

 

 

DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY: 

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Instructions: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html

Green Cards Through the Visa Lottery: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/other-ways-get-green-card/green-card-through-diversity-immigration-visa-program/green-card-through-diversity-immigrant-visa-program

Diversity Visa - List of Occupations: http://www.dvlotteryhome.com/qualifying-occupations/

 

 

 

 

FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS: 

Welcome to the U.S.: A Guide for New Immigrants (permanent residents): https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf

How Do I Replace My Green Card?: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/replace-green-card

How Do I Renew My Green card?: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/renew-green-card​

Selective Service System - Online Registration: https://www.sss.gov/

 

 

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR/STATE OES LINKS: 

Occupational Outlook Handbook (DOL): http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT): http://www.occupationalinfo.org/

O*Net Crosswalk Search: http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/

 

 

 

 

U.S. CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) LINKS:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Home Page: https://www.cbp.gov/

U.S. Custom and Border Protection - Admission into the U.S. - Q&A’s: https://help.cbp.gov/

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Ports of Entry (POE): https://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports

 

 

 

 

OTHER GENERAL LINKS: 

Social Security Administration (SSA) Home page: https://www.ssa.gov/

New Rules for Getting a Social Security Card: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10002.pdf

Find a Social Security Office: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp​

Social Security Administration/SS cards - Immigration: https://www.ssa.gov/people/immigrants/

Need a Copy of your Tax Return? (IRS): https://www.irs.gov/static_assets/error/404errorPage.html

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - FAQs on Name Check Program: https://www.fbi.gov/about/faqs

Name Pronunciation Guide (Cal Poly Pomona): https://www.cpp.edu/~pronunciation/

Driver’s License Requirements under the Real I.D. Act of 2005: https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/real-id-act-text.pdf

Guide to the DMV - State Driver’s License Links: http://www.dmv.org/drivers-license.php

California Department of Motor Vehicles - Driver’s License Information: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl

Kansas’ Department of Motor Vehicles - Driver’s License Information: http://www.ksrevenue.org/dmvdrlic.html

Missouri’s Department of Motor Vehicles - Driver’s License Information: http://dor.mo.gov/

Missouri’s Department of Motor Vehicles - License Exams Stations: https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/HP32DES/DESTable.jsp

The Citizen’s Almanac (USCIS): https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/M-76.pdf​

Information for Asylum Seekers: http://www.asylumlaw.org/

CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/freedom-information-act-0

Freedom of Information Act Contact Info to Request USCIS Records: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/uscis-freedom-information-act-and-privacy-act

How to Make a FOIA or Privacy Act (PA) Request: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/how-file-foia-privacy-act-request/how-file-foiapa-request

A Citizen's Guide on using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records: http://www.fas.org/sgp/foia/citizen.html

National Center for Health Statistics - Vital Records: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/index.htm

Citizenship Laws of the World: http://www.multiplecitizenship.com/worldsummary.html

Contact Congress: http://physics.mnstate.edu/cabanela/contacting_the_congress_shutdown.php

Selected Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports: http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Home Page: https://www.ice.gov/

I-9 Form Information: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

 

 

 

HUMAN RIGHTS LINKS: 

Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/

Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/

Human Rights First: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

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