Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)



First Advisor

Professor Dr. Christian Nwachukwu Okeke

Second Advisor

Professor Dr. Remigius Chibueze

Third Advisor

Professor Dr. Gustave Lele


This comprehensive study in U.S. immigration law examines its interactions with many relevant and significant laws and issues that affect immigrants. This study argues that immigrants benefit the U.S. economy because of their improvement on labor competition, contribution to the technology and science fields, and direct and indirect creation of jobs. This study draws upon scholarly research that proves immigrants help wages in their respective regions grow at high rates. The next question then turns to how immigrants can move to the U.S. through certain visas, and this study has a special focus on employment and investor visas. These are the issues immigrants face with U.S. immigration policies and laws, but they also face legal and financial issues back in their home countries.

This study also delves into legal, financial, and banking issues that immigrants face when immigrating to the U.S. with a special focus on immigrants from China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Even though these are all immigrants from Asia, they all have unique backgrounds and face distinct legal and economic challenges when immigrating to the U.S. This study explores these Asian groups’ history of immigration to the U.S. It also discusses financial issues they face with respect to their respective bank industries, money transfers and anti-money laundering issues.

This study then closes with a survey of tax issues that affect immigrants. Often, immigrants are unaware of the tax implications of moving to the U.S. This study aims to educate foreigners and legal scholars as to the tax consequences of being a resident for tax purposes, and then it discusses specific issues that subject them to the U.S. tax system. This study also focuses on the new U.S. reporting scheme—Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.


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