FAQs: Personal Immigration Issues
Thank you for your interest in the Migration Policy Institute.
Before contacting us about a personal immigration or refugee-status related issue, we ask that you check these categories of frequently asked questions. Due to volume, we cannot answer individual inquiries on these matters—nor can we provide legal advice or advice on individual immigration or refugee cases.
Please find below some information that may assist you, however, with your inquiries:
- Entry to major immigration-destination countries
- Refugees seeking resettlement
- Possible fraudulent offer for immigration
- International visitors (not immigrants) to the United States
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents reentering the United States from Canada, Mexico, or any other country
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents traveling to Mexico
- U.S. immigration information for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees/asylees, nonimmigrants, and employers
- Information about family members who immigrated to the United States in the past
MPI cannot assist or advise individuals and their families who want to migrate, temporarily or permanently, to the United States or any other country in the world.
Please consult this list of destination countries and their official government websites for immigration information, applications, etc.
If your desired country is not on this list, you may want to contact that country’s nearest embassy or consulate for information.
MPI cannot assist individuals seeking resettlement to the United States or any other country.
For more information on resettlement, please see the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) website.
For information on how the United States determines which refugees to resettle, please see the U.S. State Department – Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
MPI cannot determine whether the offer you have received is legitimate or fraudulent.
If you are unsure, you may want to check with the nearest embassy or consulate of the country to which immigration is being offered. Generally, poor spelling and grammar in the email, the use of a free email account (e.g., Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail), and a request for payment indicate a fraudulent offer.
In the case of Canada, fraudulent offers have become common, and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has posted a notice about such offers.
MPI cannot assist individuals seeking visas to the United States.
Comprehensive information on obtaining a visa to the United States is available from this U.S. State Department website.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates entry at U.S. air, land, and sea ports of entry. You can find the following information on the CBP website:
- Travel documents required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents re-entering the United States from land, sea, and air
- Border wait times (Mexico and Canada)
You can find information from the Mexican government for foreigners traveling to Mexico.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes a number of “How Do I?” guides for different audiences.
MPI cannot assist in locating individual immigrants in the United States.
The following resources may be helpful in your ancestry search: