USAHello’s “Get informed” pages are designed to provide welcoming community members and others with the factual information they are seeking about new Americans and immigration in the USA.
Start here to find answers to your immigration questions.
Except for Native Americans, all Americans’ ancestors came from another country, and many of us continue to celebrate our heritage alongside our American identity. Today’s immigrants are proud Americans while at the same time enriching our country with their cultures and traditions. Get informed about recent immigration patterns in the United States.
Global conditions have caused large-scale emigration from Africa, South America and the Middle East in the last decade. US policies towards asylum seekers and refugees have changed drastically as a result. Learn about current policies and how they do not necessarily reflect American attitudes to immigration.
The names used for newcomers in the USA can be confusing. Learn about the different immigrant groups and paths of immigration and the terms used to describe them.
The simple answer to this most frequent of immigration questions is that people would come legally if they could. The legal paths are now so restrictive and the waiting lists are so long that it is a feasible route only for people who are not in immediate danger, who have strong ties through work or family, or who manage to secure one of the diminishing refugee places or diversity visa lottery visas. For many of the most desperate – notably asylum seekers fleeing violence in Central and South America who previously were protected by international asylum laws – the system is now geared to keeping them out. In spite of this, people risk their lives and liberty to bring their families to America because the alternative is worse. Read more about undocumented Americans.
Gaining citizenship in a new country is generally the most successful path to integration. Although it is difficult to become a US citizen, it is not impossible. Learn about how people gain residency and citizenship in the United States.
Unlike immigration during the period of colonial America, which decimated the native population, modern immigration has been overwhelmingly positive. Read about the many ways that immigration enriches America.
Many newcomers arrive in the USA from difficult situations – difficult both physically and mentally. They may be physically or mentally depleted, traumatized or depressed. Get informed about trauma, culture shock and other immigrant health issues.
Language is another large challenge for many immigrants – many are isolated by lack of English, which makes it hard to find work and integrate in other ways. And having struggled to get here, many immigrants face discrimination when they arrive.
USAHello offers free information and education to anyone who finds it useful. Our multilingual platform is designed for easy navigation on computers or mobile devices to help newcomers find the information they need among our many information pages. Our classroom prioritizes basic education with a GED® course and a citizenship preparation class that is translated into 8 languages. Our FindHello app connects newcomers and receiving community members to resources, services, and opportunities near them.
Please ask us if you have further questions and cannot find the answers in our pages.