Immigration Law

American immigration law can be confusing, and has been undergoing changes of late. Here we have compiled some links to organizations that can help to clarify some of the finer points, as well as information about local resources if you need help. 

Immigration 101: a helpful guide put together by the American Immigration Council. 

Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes: from the Pew Research Center

The Immigration Visa Process: A step-by-step explanation regarding who may immigrate to the United States, the different types of immigrant visas, the required forms and the steps in the immigrant visa process, created by the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Guide to immigration law: Provides a look at the various agencies, statutes and regulations that govern the US immigration policy. 

NAFSA: Information about revocation of visas.

Immigration policy updates: a resource of the University of Arkansas International Students and Scholars program

Know Your Rights

All people in the US, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, have rights under the US Constitution. Learn more information about these rights, provided by iAmerica.

Getting Help

The Arkansas Immigrant Defense Center, located in Springdale, provides legal services to immigrants and refugees, as well as community education and support. The center is located at 4024 East Wagon Wheel Road in Springdale. 

The University of Arkansas School of Law Immigration Clinic offers free legal services to those with immigration-related legal issues.

Catholic Charities Immigration Services, located in nearby Springdale, provides low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance.

Arkansas United is an organization that advocates for the rights of immigrants and connects immigrants to services through Immigrant Resource Centers. They have offices in Springdale at 1301 E Robinson Ave, Ste B6.

National Immigrant Legal Services Directory: Search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included in this directory.

Avoid Scams! 

The wrong information can hurt your application! If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. In America, a "Notary" (Notaria) is someone who witnesses the signing of legal documents, not an attorney. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice regarding your application for citizenship. Learn valuable information on immigration scams and how to avoid them.