Rights & Responsibilities

It is important to become familiar with your legal rights and responsibilities in the U.S. since norms can vary between cultures. Furthermore, all persons in the United States, including foreign nationals, have certain basic rights that must be respected by authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local police.

Even innocent violations of the law could have serious consequences for your immigration status. Get to know the basic laws governing intellectual property and plagiarism, copyright infringement, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, drug use, sexual harassment, and domestic disputes.

Included in these rights is:

The content on this page was adapted from written work by Hilary T. Fraser. Ms. Fraser practices immigration law at True, Walsh & Miller, 101 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607.273.4200.


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