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Immigration Visas Offered In Alexandria, VA
At the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC, we offer immigration visa defense in Alexandria, VA. There are numerous types of visas and green cards that may be applicable to you, which we review below.
Employment visas allow you to enter the country for professional work purposes. Seek out assistance with your process by working with a qualified Alexandria, VA immigration attorney.
Government officials or diplomats who are seeking entrance into the United States can acquire an A visa. Depending on the level of diplomatic status or government official, varying levels of A visas are available. These are the three tiers of A visas:
An A-1 Visa is awarded to government employees. Most notably, it applies to diplomatic appointees, consular officers and public ministers. A-1 Visa holders can enter and exit as often as they need to and do not have a Visa expiration date.
The A-2 Visa is similar to the A-1 visa and applies to military members and members of a foreign government. However, there are more restrictions with A-2 visas, including a 5-year, non-renewable limit.
The A-3 visa applies to family members, assistants and other members that are related to or work with an A-1 or A-2 visa holder.
Anyone who has reached high aptitudes in their career and is interested in full-time U.S. employment can apply for an EB-1A visa.
EB-1B visa holders are allowed to enter the country for work as a professor or researcher in Alexandria, VA.
The EB-1C via program is applicable to managers and high-level company executives and their families who require relocation to the United States for work-related purposes.
The EB-2 Visa is for international professionals who seek U.S. employment and hold a baccalaureate degree and five years of professional work experience or an advanced collegiate degree.
The EB-3 Visa applies to foreign professionals who are not eligible for an EB-1 or EB-2 visa but are still interested in U.S.-based employment. To qualify, the applicant must possess the necessary skills and work within an industry where there is not enough U.S.-based workers within the industry.
Anyone who is granted an EB-4 visa is able to work in the United States as a special immigrant religious worker. Also called the “fourth preference” visa, this type of visa allows individuals who work in religious occupations to be granted the ability to work and live inside the United States.
The EB-5 Visa is an “immigrant investor program.” It is primarily for investors and business owners who can help the U.S. economy through job creation. Foreign nationals that are interested in an EB-5 visa must invest a minimum of $500,000. For green card status, investors must a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for at least two years.
Nonimmigrants who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and work in a “specialized industry” (architecture, engineering, science, technology, etc.) may be eligible for an H-1B visa that allows them to work in the United States.
The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC helps foreign nationals with L-1 visas, which allow them to work at a branch of their company that is located in the United States.
Company executives, business managers and other company employees that have worked for the company for a year or more and need to relocate to the United States are eligible to apply for an L-1A visa.
International businesses that want to relocate “special employees” to a U.S. branch of their company can do so through the L-1B visa program.
Children under the age of 21 may join their parent who has received an L-1A or L-1B visa. Any children and the spouse are eligible to receive what is known as an L-2 visa.
Foreign individuals who are at the top of their industry may be eligible for an O visa, especially if they work in one of the following fields: science, education, business, art, athletics, film and television.
Nonimmigrants that are a part of an approved cultural exchange visitor program for practical training, employment or to share the history of their home countries culture are eligible for a Q visa.
A Fiancé visa is for nonimmigrants that are going to be married, have recently gotten married or the children of a K-1 or K-3 visa holder.
This type of fiancé visa is for women or men who are marrying a U.S. resident. It allows the person to enter the country for marriage, and they have 90 days to do so.
Children who are not yet married and under the age of 21 are eligible to join their parent with a K-1 visa to the United States. These children should apply for the K-2 visa.
A K-3 visa is often necessary after marriage and before receiving a green card and permanent residency inside the United States.
Non-immigrant visas such as the P visas and U visa offers a unique way to temporarily enter and perform in the United States.
The P-1A visa allows athletes and other performers (artists, musicians, dancers, etc.) to come into the U.S. for a specific event or competition. This does not apply to internationally recognized individuals that are eligible for an O visa.
The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC helps sports teams and other entertainment groups and organizations through the P-1B visa application process.
Approved reciprocal exchange programs allow entertainers and entertainment groups to enter the U.S. and perform. This may be an option if the O visa, P-1A or P-1B visas are not an option.
A P-3 visa is a non-immigrant visa for performers, coaches, teachers, etc. that are considered culturally unique. It is a temporary visa and is typically given for a specific amount of time.
The spouse and children of P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holders can come into the United States along with the P-1, P-2 or P-3 performer or athlete. Children must be under 20 years of age and not yet married.
A U visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that ensures you can stay in the country legally while assisting with a criminal investigation in which you were a victim.
If you are interested in coming to the United States as a student, then there are three visa options to consider — the F-1, J-1 and M-1 visa.
An F-1 visa is the most common type of student visa. This visa allows nonimmigrants to study at a U.S. accredited college or university. All students are required to take a full-time load each semester.
If you are interested in a student exchange program, then you or your child may be able to receive a J-1 visa and study in the United States. All students must return to their home country after completion of the J-1 visa program.
The M-1 visa program allows international students to study in the U.S. in a vocational program or technical school. All students must support themselves financially without U.S. employment.
Temporary business visitor (B-1) visa and a visitor visa (B-2) are common ways to come into the country and see the United States, attend business events more.
The B-1 visa is for businessmen and businesswomen who want to visit the U.S. for legitimate business travel, such as to meet with prospective international clients or attend a series of business conferences.
A B-2 visa offers the ability to tour the United States and pursue legal recreational interests. All applicants must have their own funding as they are not able to work while on a B-2 visa.
Green cards are available for employment and family-based reasons. The following is a review of employment-based and family-based green cards, along with waiver information.
Employment-Based Green Cards
United States employers can sponsor a nonimmigrant and assist them in the employment-based green card process.
Family-Based Green Cards
Foreign individuals who are the spouse, child or parent of a U.S. resident can apply for a family-based green card so long as they can provide all necessary documentation and prove the relation to their relative in the U.S.
If you have any inadmissibilities during the green card application process, then you can submit a waiver to request they overlook the violation. Our attorneys assist with waivers, so feel free to call us today.
Asylum, cancellation of removal and special immigrant juvenile status are three effective and legal ways to remain in this country if you face deportation.
No one should have to be afraid of the country they live in. Fortunately, those who are fleeing a country in which they may face persecution can find refuge through asylum in the United States.
Cancellation Of Removal
If you face deportation, then the cancellation of removal may be able to help. This is an immigration law method that involves a request to change your status to lawfully admitted status.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special immigration juvenile status (SIJS) is available to nonimmigrant children (under the age of 21) that are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Speak With An Alexandria, VA Immigration Attorney
Contact us today for more information regarding Alexandria, VA immigration law services. Our office can assist you with visas and green card statuses. Our experienced Alexandria, VA immigration attorney would be glad to answer all of your questions during a convenient consultation. Reach out today by phone at (703) 273-5500 or request a consultation online to speak with our Alexandria, VA immigration attorney and to get started on your visa process.