A Visa is an official endorsement, obtained from a US consulate abroad, certifying that the foreign national has been examined and is permitted to proceed for purposes of seeking admission to the United States at a port of entry. There are two types of Visas, an Immigrant Visa and a Nonimmigrant Visa. Each type of visa has its own conditions and requirements which must be met prior to and after admission to the United States.
In specific situations, a foreign national can be issued a non-immigrant or immigrant visa while in the United States. However, the procedures and eligibility for a specific visa vary and may be difficult to understand. The attorneys at Law Group International are available to meet with you for a consultation. Feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.
It is important to keep in mind that a Visa does not guarantee the foreign national the right to enter the United States, it merely allows him or her to attempt to seek admission at a port of entry. A common misconception is that a non-immigrant visa holder can stay in the United States for the duration of the validity period of the visa. However, the Form I-94 issued at the port of entry by a US Customs and Border Patrol officer will determine how long a foreign national may remain in the United States.
There are many forms of non-immigrant visas available to a foreign national such as:
- A1/A2; Ambassador, public minister, or career diplomat
- B1/B2; Temporary Visitor to the United States for Business or Pleasure
- E1/E2; Treaty Trader or Treaty Investor
- F1/F2; Student Visa
- H-1b/H-2b; Temporary worker in a field of specialized knowledge or a foreign national who is coming the United States to perform seasonal labor services
- J1; Exchange student, etc.
- K1; Fiancé of a US citizen coming to the United States to conclude the marriage within 90 days after admission
- L1; Intracompany Transferee
- O; Foreign Nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, motion picture or television productions
- R; Members and family of a religious denomination entering the visa to perform service