Which Visa is Right for You?

U.S. Visas - Qualified Charlotte Immigration Lawyer

If you are planning on entering the U.S. whether as a non-immigrant or a person seeking to permanently live and work in this country, you will need a visa to visit this country. Many types of visas exist but are generally broken down into two categories: non-immigrant visas for temporary visits and immigrant visas which allow you to live and work in the U.S.

If you need legal assistance with finding the right type of visa for your needs and with the application process, you should seek the professional legal assistance of a qualified attorney. It is highly advised that you consult with the immigration lawyer at Kelli Y. Allen Immigration Law. After reviewing your situation, Attorney Kelli Allen can advise you on what is needed to achieve your objectives.

Types of Visas

Temporary visitors to the U.S. will need to get a non-immigrant visa. This kind of visa will allow you to travel to a port of entry to the U.S. and be allowed across the border. A non-immigrant visa would be necessary if you are visiting this country as a tourist, for business or medical reasons, or for certain types of temporary work. More than 20 visa categories exist under the non-immigrant classification, which cover all of the reasons why a person would visit this country for a temporary stay.

If you wish to live permanently and work in the U.S., you will need an immigrant visa. The first step is to petition the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to be allowed to apply. Once your petition is approved, it will be sent to the National Visa Center where it will be processed. The major categories of U.S. immigrants under this type of visa include immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, special immigrants, family-sponsored, and employer-sponsored immigrants. Under U.S. law, only a certain number of immigrant visas are available each year. It also limits the number of visas available to be issued by country. This means that once you are approved for a visa, you may wait a long time before you can be issued a visa, especially if you come from a country that has a long waiting list for visas.

Please choose the scenario that best fits your situation to see possible visa options.

When applying for a visa, the Charlotte immigration attorney at the firm can ensure that your application and documents are submitted properly which will help to produce a favorable result.