Do immigrants add to the economy?

Research shows that Undocumented immigrants increase the size of the U.S. economy/contribute to economic growth, enhance the welfare of natives, contribute more in tax revenue than they collect, reduce American firms’ incentives to offshore jobs and import foreign-produced goods, and benefit consumers by reducing the …

Is immigration a law?

Generally speaking, immigration law addresses the rules and processes governing who can enter Canada, and who can stay in Canada. The legislation that outlines these processes and requirements is the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

How long does the immigration process take?

The national average processing time for naturalization (citizenship) applications is a little over 8 months, as of . But that’s just the application processing wait time (see “Understanding USCIS Processing Times” below). The overall naturalization process involves more steps and a longer timeline.

What is considered legal immigration?

Legal immigration refers to instances where a non-citizen alien is in the country legally under permanent resident status (i.e. green card holder). Permanent resident status may be granted to certain classes of aliens and is considered a main step towards permanent U.S. citizenship.

What can legal immigrants do?

A legal permanent resident can travel outside of the United States and has a right of return to the United States within a specified amount of time. Unlike a citizen, a legal permanent resident cannot remain outside of the United States indefinitely; doing so would cause the abandonment of their residency.