An immigrant who comes to the United States can choose to be here for a short period of time or permanently, as long as they have a visa. There are two main types of immigration visas which will allow for entrance to the U.S: nonimmigrant and immigrant.
There are many reasons to travel to the United States which might influence the kind of visa you need to get; whether as a visitor, student, or work. The application all just depends on which one applies to you.
If you or someone you know needs help with obtaining an immigration visa, contact an immigration attorney in your area today!
Where to get your Visa
Visas are always issued abroad at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy so it is not possible to get a visa once in the United States. The visa application process consists of different application forms and immigration fees that must be paid. Citizens of countries that are required to obtain a visa in advance must do it in order to be allowed entry into the United States. Many of the U.S. embassies and consulates now also require an appointment to be made in advance. It is also recommended to schedule your appointment early because there may several weeks of waiting.
Getting your Visa
Due to Congress, there are certain immigrant visas that have a set limit on how many will be given. Once the quota is reached no more visas are available. An immigrant visa is not guaranteeing you an entry to the United States. Upon entry you will be asked questions by an immigration officer from the Department of Homeland Security. He or she will inspect your documents and immigration visa.
The visa has an expiration date and usually allows for a stay of up to 6 months. However, upon entry to the United States you will only be allowed to stay for up to 6 months. You visa will still be valid, but the authorized time you are allowed to stay is limited. The advantage is that if you want to enter the U.S. the following year, you do not have to apply for a visa again before entering the United States. Your passport must also be valid for at least 6 months upon entry to the United States.
Get Legal Help
Seek legal help and hire an immigration attorney who will help you apply for an Immigration Visa. Applying for a visa can be complicated and the visa application must be filled correctly to avoid rejection!