Migration Information Source
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-2257
Telephone: (001)(202) 266-1940
Fax: (001)(202) 266-1900
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Thank you for your interest in the Migration Information
Source, the online journal of the Migration Policy Institute,
a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization based in
Washington, DC. The Migration Policy Institute provides
analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and
refugee policies at the local, national, and international
We welcome feedback from readers and are happy to assist
with specific research questions. Please also let us know
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Before sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
though, 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.
Information on entry to major immigration-destination
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
Refugees seeking resettlement
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 US
State Department – Bureau
of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Possible fraudulent offer for immigration
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
In the case of Canada, fraudulent offers have become common,
and Citizenship and Immigration Canada has posted a
notice about such offers on its website.
International visitors (not immigrants) to the
MPI cannot assist individuals seeking visas to the United
Comprehensive information on obtaining a visa to the United
States is available from this US State Department
You can learn more about new travel-authorization requirements
for visitors from Visa Waiver Program countries on this US
Customs and Border Protection website page.
US citizens and permanent residents reentering
the United States from Canada, Mexico, or any other country
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates entry
at US air, land, and sea ports of entry. You can find the
following information on the CBP website:
US citizens and permanent residents traveling
You can find information from the Mexican government for
foreigners traveling to Mexico, including contact information
for all Mexican consulates in the United States.
US immigration information for US citizens, permanent
residents, refugees/asylees, nonimmigrants, and employers
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes
a number of helpful “How Do I?” guides for
Information about family members who immigrated
to the United States in the past
MPI cannot assist in locating individual immigrants in
the United States.
The following resources may be helpful in your ancestry