Immigrant Visas vs. Nonimmigrant Visas
Insight from a Cupertino Immigration Attorney
United States immigration law provides for a number of different types
of visas which can be used to obtain entry in the country. If you are
looking to obtain any type of visa, whether it be immigrant or nonimmigrant,
you should not hesitate to retain a Cupertino immigration attorney who
can help you navigate the laws surrounding your case.
At the Law Office of Timothy D. Widman, their immigration lawyer can work
to have your visa processed quickly and easily. Attorney Widman offers
initial consultations that allow him to review your situation, evaluate
your visa eligibility, and discuss your options with you. The first place
to start is to call the firm or fill out a
case evaluation form. The firm regulalry assists clients from all across San Jose, Mountain
View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, and all across the Bay Area.
Understanding the Differences
Visas are broken down into two main categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant. An immigrant visa is a document issued by
a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad allowing a noncitizen to seek admission
to the United States as a lawful permanent resident. An immigrant visa
is valid for a period of six months from the date of issuance. Once a
person uses a valid immigrant visa to enter the United States, they become
a lawful permanent resident and are free to
pursue a career or build a life here with
their families with the possibility of applying for
naturalization after three to five years.
A nonimmigrant visa entitles an individual apply for admission to the United
States in order to carry out activities of a temporary nature which are
consistent with the type of visa that was issued, such as student, tourist,
or business traveler. Nonimmigrants are required to depart the United
States before the expiration of their authorized period of stay unless
a request for change or extension of status is timely filed and approved by DHS.
What types of nonimmigrant visas are there?
There are numerous types of nonimmigrant visas. Most nonimmigrant visa
classifications require applicants to demonstrate that they have a foreign
residence which they do not intend to abandon and that their stay in the
United States will only be temporary.
Some of the most common nonimmigrant visa classifications include:
- B-1 for business visitors
- B-2 for visitors for pleasure
L-1 for intracompany transferees
- F-1 academic students
H-1B for specialty workers
- J-1 for exchange visitors
Many countries that maintain close political and economic ties with the
United States participate in the Visa Waiver Program. This program enables
citizens of these countries to travel to the United States for business
or tourist purpose for up to 90 days without having to obtain a nonimmigrant
visa. If you are planning to come for another purpose or for a longer
stay, however, you will most likely be required to obtain a visa.
To being the process of filing for a nonimmigrant visa,
call Attorney Widman today!