INTRODUCTIONGeneral Immigration Categories Business/ Employment Family Asylum/ Refugee Status Diversity Visa Lottery Other (VAWA, Cancellation of Removal, NACARA, Cuban Adjustment)General Principles of Immigration Law Visa Duration Temporary (Non immigrant) Permanent (Immigrant)
Government Agencies Department of Homeland Security (DHS) US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS a/k/a former INS) Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Department of State (DOS) Department of Labour (DOL) Citizenship through Naturalization
Basic Immigration Documents Passport issued by home country Visa from a U.S. Consulate (DOS) I-94 arrival/departure form (CBP/USCIS) Employment Authorization Document (USCIS) Notice to Appear in Deportation Proceedings (ICE) Green Card (USCIS) Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS)
Non-Immigrant Business/ Employment Visas L Intra-company Transferees E Treaty/ Traders TN Canada/Mexico O-1 Extraordinary Ability P-1 Athletes B-1 Visitor Visa Visa Waiver Program F-1 Student Visa/OPT J-1 Exchange Visitor H-1B Professionals H-2B Temporary H-3 Trainee
All passengers, Foreigners as well as Indians, coming to India ordeparting from India are required to fill-up D (Disembarkation)Card and E (Embarkation) Cards on arrival and departurerespectively. The following informations are required to beprovided by the passengers in these cards: -Name and Sex Date of birth, Place of Birth, Nationality Passport details viz. number, place and dates of issue/expiry. Visa details viz. number, place and dates of issue/expiry (for arriving foreigners only) Address in India Flight number and date of arrival/departure Occupation Purpose of visit to/from India
PASSENGERS CLEARANCE Thereafter, the passenger takes delivery of baggage, if any, from the conveyer belt and approaches the Customs where the passenger exercises the option of seeking clearance through the Green Channel or through the Red Channel. Duty free allowances and entitlements for Indian Residents and Foreigners Residing in India: articles valued at upto Rs.25,000/- are allowed free of duty passengers coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China, by routes other than by Land route, and for such passengers coming from Pakistan by land route, the free allowance is Rs.6,000/- (i) 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 gms tobacco. (ii) Alcoholic liquor & wines upto 2 litre each.
DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES AND ENTITLEMENTSFOR TOURISTS Tourists of Indian origin coming to India (other than those coming from Pakistan by land route) - Same as for Indian passengers or foreigners residing in India Foreign tourists - Rs.8,000/- Tourist of Pakistani origin - Rs.6,000/- Tourist of Nepalese and Bhutanese origin - Nil
IMPORT OF FOREIGN CORRENCY AND INDIANCURRENCYAny person can bring into India foreign exchange without any limit. Declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases: Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000/- or equivalent; and Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$10,000/- or its equivalent.
CLEARANCE OF BAGGAGE Domestic pets like dogs, cats, birds etc. may be imported. Import of animals and birds is governed by strict health certificate regulations Import of firearms is strictly prohibited. Import of cartridges in excess of 50 is also prohibited. Mishandled baggage: