What Are Your Options For U.S. Immigration?
Thousands of people come to the United States each year to visit, work, and live. After all, America is known as the Land of Opportunity. However, in order to visit or eventually move to the U.S., an individual will need to obtain a valid visa or Green Card. This can be done through a number of pathways, some leading to temporary residence and others to permanent residence. As of 2018, the following are the main ways to move to the USA.
U.S. immigration is divided into two main categories:
- Temporary Visas - Visit, study or work visas, known as non-immigrant visas
- Permanent Residency - Green Cards for family or employment, known as immigrant visas
U.S. Temporary Visa Options
People from around the world are applying for U.S. work visas in record numbers. While the job market in the U.S. is under pressure, foreign nationals are still finding great opportunities to work and live in the U.S. Countries like Canada provide a solid talent pool for the U.S. economy and immigrants have always been a steady source of U.S. employment.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), USA visa procedures have been made easier for Canadians and Mexicans to work in the United States. Large corporations, small businesses and professionals are seizing new opportunities to work in the United States. Here are some of the most common U.S. work visa applications we file:
- TN Visa : fast track for Canadians and Mexicans who can get approved at a U.S. Port of Entry
- L-1 Visa : for foreign workers and owners wishing to transfer to a new or existing U.S. business
- E-2 and E-1 Visas : for investors and traders.
- H-1B Visas: for specialty occupations
- H-2B Visas: for non-agricultural workers
U.S. Permanent Residence Options
There are a number of ways to obtain U.S. Permanent Residence, but the most common 3 are:
Each type of application for U.S. permanent residence has its own special procedures and requirements as well as processing times.
Top 6 FAQs about U.S. Immigration
Below is not an exhaustive list of FAQs, but it includes of some of the most common questions we get asked.
1. Is the immigration lottery real?
Yes, absolutely. It is NOT a ruse to locate those who are here illegally.
2. Does marriage to a U.S. citizen automatically get you a Green Card?
No. It may take from three months to two years to complete the Green Card process.
3. Can my employee’s spouse work?
L-2 visa holders (spouses of L-1 visa holders) and spouses of E visa holders have recently been allowed to apply for employment authorization.
4. Can a visa be obtained in the United States?
As of 2004, all foreign nationals requiring new visas must apply for their visas at a U.S. embassy or consulate outside the United States of America.
5. Can a visa be obtained in Canada for the U.S.?
6. Does a Canadian citizen need a visa to visit the U.S.?
No. However you do now require a passport or appropriate I.D. to cross the border from Canada to the U.S. (and vice versa).
Why Professional Help is Necessary
With so many different U.S. immigration requirements, and with so many people vying for U.S. visas each year, legal help is what can make the difference between a successful application and a rejected bid. In addition to preparing applications for all U.S. work visas and permanent residence, we can help if you:
- Were denied entry to the U.S.
- Overstayed your visa
- Are a marrying an American and need to apply for a Green Card
- Are engaged to an American and need to apply for a K-1 fiancé visa
- Want to become a dual citizen
- Have any other unique immigration needs!
Applying for U.S. Immigration is not an easy process. It requires much more than obtaining a U.S. job offer or having a family member ready to sponsor you. The paperwork involved for a successful U.S. visa requires immigration expertise to prepare a solid application in order to increase your chances at getting approval.
Why Hire our lawyers to Help You with Your U.S. Immigration Needs?
The United States is the world’s most popular immigration destination. Hundreds of thousands of immigration applications are submitted each year. We have over 15 years of experience in handling thousands of U.S. visa and U.S. immigration applications and we can help you too!
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