Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Representing the 1st District of Nebraska

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

Congressman Fortenberry's office is ready to assist constituents who have filed immigration applications. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) handles naturalization applications, immigrant petitions for relatives, and adjustment of status applications.

If you have been working with USCIS and have encountered problems, please contact the Lincoln office for immediate assistance at (402) 438-1598 and ask for the immigration constituent services representative.

Immigration Links On-line:

Frequently Asked Questions About Immigration:

How do I check the status of my immigration case?

  • You can call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

How do I get general information about immigration?

  • You can call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or find information at the USCIS website.

How do I get a "green card"?

  • Legal permanent residency, also known as "green card" status can be obtained through an employment petition (form I-140 and I-485), a relative petition (form I-130 and I-485) or the Visa lottery.

How do I become a U.S. citizen?

  • You must first become a legal permanent resident (LPR) for five years. At that time, you may be eligible to file form N-400 to apply for citizenship.

How do I apply for the Visa Lottery?

  • Each year, the Department of State issues 50,000 visas (worldwide) through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. The information line is 1-900-884-8840. Also, you may visit their website here.

How do I get a work permit?

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, but have status such as asylee, refugee, student, applicant to adjust to permanent status, temporary protected status, fiance of U.S. citizen, or dependent of foreign government official, you may file INS form I-765 (Employment Authorization Document).

How do I get a Travel Document?

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need permission to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad. This permission is granted through a Travel Document (Form I-131). You should apply for one before you leave the U.S. (In cases of a bona fide emergency, Travel Documents can be expedited).

How can I adopt a child from another country?

  • You can call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or find information at the USCIS website.