United States Visas are used when individuals are traveling to the U.S. for temporary vacations, work, and education or even to permanently immigrate into the country. When staying only for a certain period of time they only need a nonimmigrant visa, but for those wishing to move to the U.S. they need an immigrant visa. There is a high demand for visas into America and nearly 7.5 million were distributed in 2011 alone. There are multiple reasons for which foreign visitors may wish to obtain a visa, but there are of course certain stipulations.
In the past, the United States has had three definitive principles that enable individuals to obtain visas into this country. There is of course the most obvious and probably most common reason which is for families to be reunited in the same country. America is also interested in allowing immigrants into the country that bring certain skills that may prove beneficial to the U.S. economy. Other times there may be individuals or families that wish to come and visit the U.S. for leisure or to study abroad.
Family based immigration allows for certain lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens to bring their family members to join them here in the U.S. If it is a spouse, unmarried child under 21 or parent of a U.S. citizen then they must petition for immigration but there is no numerical visa limit on how many may be allowed to come.
There are only 480,000 family-based visas handed out each year for non-immediate family members that include adult children, siblings and spouses or children of lawful permanent residents (LPR). Congress has established a fairly complex system for establishing exactly how many individuals may immigrate into the nation based on visas. It is extremely helpful to have an immigration lawyer to help petition for your case and to clearly explain the process so that you do not miss something important.
Obtaining nonimmigrant temporary work status in the U.S. requires that you specify the type of work you will be doing upon your stay. Typically the prospective worker must have his or her employer petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before they can apply. There are various types of visas depending on the type of occupation the individual is pursuing.
This application is for staying temporarily in the United States to perform a certain job skill set only and is not for permanent residence or citizenship. A qualified attorney can help you figure out if a temporary work visa is right for your situation.
There is a B-2 visa for those that wish to travel as a nonimmigrant to the United States. It covers trips that entail tourism, pleasure or are for medical purposes. Individuals are not allowed to take classes for any form of credit with this visa, but may take recreational courses that are simply for enjoyment. Any persons planning on applying for this visa must demonstrate their intent to travel for leisure only, for a limited amount of time, that they have enough funds for the trip and that they have a place of residence in their home country that will help ensure their return back home.
For students who wish to study abroad, there is a different type of visa to apply for called an F-1 visa. They must first enroll in the program at their Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school and be accepted before they can apply. The school must issue an I-20 form that students must fill out and submit in order to complete the student visa process. In order to qualify for this kind of visa, the individual must have residence in their home country to ensure their return back home, have intent to go back at the end of their course of study, and have sufficient finances to complete their studies.
Processes involved in receiving the necessary visa for travel to the United States can be tricky and complicated. Often time individuals may be denied for unjust reasons or due to a miscommunication of facts. Allow a lawyer who is highly qualified in handling these kinds of situations on a daily basis to utilize his knowledge on your behalf. Be sure to contact The Law Office of Tony E. Parada today with representatives available to speak with you in English or Spanish if needed.