Immigration: What Teens Need to Know

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This booklet discusses immigration laws in a general way. It may give you preliminary answers to immigration questions. You should note that just because you meet certain requirements does not mean you automatically can become a legal permanent resident or a U.S. citizen.  

DO NOT GUESS ABOUT IMMIGRATION LAW!

If you have questions:

  • Do not go to or call the Department of Homeland Security first.
  • Contact an immigration lawyer or a community organization that provides free or low-cost immigration service.
  • Be careful of anyone who promises that you qualify to become an legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen. It is against the law to make such promises or to claim a special relationship with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS).
  • If you believe you have been cheated by someone in your immigration case, call one of the agencies listed in this booklet.