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Questions and Answers

Q. Where can I learn about immigration enforcement efforts and how do I report an immigration crime ?

A. The site addresses these questions. To report immigration activities call (1-866-347-2423) or visit .

Q. What is Human Trafficking and is it different from Alien Smuggling ?

A. Human smuggling is the facilitation, transportation, attempted transportation or illegal entry of a person(s) across an international border, in violation of one or more countries laws, either clandestinely or through deception, such as the use of fraudulent documents. Unlike smuggling, which is often a criminal commercial transaction between two willing parties who go their separate ways once their business is complete, trafficking specifically targets the trafficked person as an object of criminal exploitation. The purpose from the beginning of the trafficking enterprise is to profit from the exploitation of the victim. It follows that fraud, force or coercion all plays a major role in trafficking.

Q. I have a relative or friend who I want to bring to the United States. Where do I start ?

A. Millions of foreign visitors travel to the U.S. each year. Others come to live here permanently. International visitors and immigrants add greatly to our nation's cultural, education and economic life. We welcome them. At the same time, we need to do everything we can to keep everyone here, safe. We believe in secure borders and open doors.

Information on Visa and Coming to the United States (Guidelines and Information):

Q. Can I check on the status of a pending immigration petition or application?

A. The following site provides the information for this question and many others.

Updated May 4, 2021