The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC can assist you with your immigration visa, green card and waiver process. We have years of experience in the industry and take pride in helping our clients with their immigration needs. We offer the Arlington, VA area immigration law services that enhance the visa process for clients.
Immigration Visas In Arlington, VA
Our Arlington, VA immigration law attorneys have experience in all areas of immigration law, and we operate in Arlington, VA as well as the surrounding area. You can trust our local knowledge here at The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC. We work to provide our clients with the best process possible, and help to ease stress along the way.
Arlington, VA Employment Visas
If you are seeking temporary or permanent employment inside the United States and need an employment visa, then contact our team today. The following is a review of the Arlington, VA employment visa types we assist clients with.
Working on a three tier system, A visas are available to foreign diplomats, ambassadors and government officials who seek entry to the United States. Information on the tiers and how they associate with the foreign diplomats is shown below:
This applies to top-tier government officials of a foreign country. It includes but is not limited to ministers of state, diplomats and ambassadors.
The A-2 visa applies to government officials who are not eligible for the A-1 visa (i.e. non-diplomatic foreign officials). The A-1 and A-2 visas are similar, but there are more limitations placed upon A-2 visas.
The A-3 visa is for employees, family members and others who are important or essential for an A-1 or A-2 visa holder. This visa allows family members of A-1 or A-2 visa holders to travel along with them.
An EB-1 visa is often referred to as a “first preference visa.” This is because it is awarded to “priority workers.” The EB-1A visa is offered to individuals who have extraordinary abilities.
The EB-1B visa is for outstanding professors and researchers. This visa allows those who have a history of previous educating experience that have secured employment in the United States entrance into the country.
The EB-1C visa is for executives and managers of international companies. It is a useful visa for organizations that are interested in relocating or adding U.S. based offices.
Any foreign professional who holds an advanced degree or possesses exceptional abilities in business, science art or a related field may be eligible for an EB-2 visa.
The EB-3 visa program applies to individuals in foreign countries that work in a field where there is a shortage of workers. Applicants must have a full-time employment opportunity available for permanent residency in Arlington, VA or another U.S. city.
The EB-4 visa program is designed for “special immigrants.” This includes members of a clergy or non-profit religious organization. Applicants must prove a history of working within the profession they apply for and meet all other specific EB-4 requirements.
The EB-5 Visa is for any foreign investor that is willing and able to invest significant capital into the U.S. economy in a manner that creates 10 or more long-term U.S. jobs.
The H-1B visa is for professionals who work in a specialized industry, such as architecture, engineering, medicine, science and technology. The applicant must possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher and have a domestic employer petition on their behalf to receive an H-1B visa.
An L-1 visa is a temporary immigrant visa. The length of an L-1 visa ranges from three months to five years. There are two types of L-1 visas — an L-1A visa and an L-1B visa.
An L-1A visa is a specialty visa used to transfer company executives and managers from one foreign office to another. It is particularly for businesses that have offices in multiple countries (international businesses).
An L-1B visa is similar to an L-1A visa, although the applicant (or their company) must prove that they possess certain special knowledge that makes them vital to the company.
The L-2 visa is a non-immigrant document that offers a way for an L-1 visa holder to bring their spouse and unmarried children with them to Arlington (or another U.S. city).
O Visas are for foreign professionals who possess extraordinary skills or international notoriety within their industry. They must work in one of the following fields: science, education, business, art, athletics, film and television.
Q visas are a unique visa type for foreign professionals. It allows the applicant to join an approved cultural exchange program to provide practical training, employment, and to share the history, culture, and traditions of the visa holder’s home country.
Arlington, VA Fiancé Visas
The K-1, K-2 and K-3 are the three primary types of Arlington, VA Fiancé visas. Let’s review each level of the fiancé visas for a more in-depth understanding.
The K-1 visa allows the fiancé of a United States citizen to enter into the country to be married. The visa holder (the fiancé) has 90 days upon entry into the United States to get married, otherwise they must leave the United States. Upon marriage, the newlywed can apply for a green card.
A K-2 visa is designed for children of a K-1 visa holder, particularly children under the age of 21 that are not yet married. The K-1 visa holder must provide the necessary documents to prove they are the parent of the K-2 visa applicant.
A K-3 visa is for foreign individuals who are currently married to a U.S. citizen but have not yet applied for a green card. It is a temporary document until the applicant can obtain permanent residence through green card status.
Arlington, VA Non-Immigrant Visas
Non-immigrant visas, such as the P-1B, P-2, P-3, P-4 and U Visa are for athletes, teams and entertainment groups.
The P-1A visa is for athletes, coaches and sports teams that must enter into the United States for a sports competition. This is specifically for athletes who are not considered “extraordinary” or internationally recognized and covered by the O-category for visa applications.
P-1B visas are specifically for entertainment groups, rather than individual entertainers or athletes.
The P-2 visa covers entertainers and entertainment groups that are a part of a reciprocal exchange program with another nation. Those who do not qualify for an O visa or P-1A or P-1B visa may apply for a P-2 visa.
The P-3 visa program offers a way for entertainers that are considered “culturally unique” to enter the United States on a temporary basis. The applicant must have the intention to further their career development as it relates to a specific art form.
P-4 visa holders can travel into the United States along with a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder. It is primarily for spouses and children who are under the age of 21 and not yet married. P-4 visa holders cannot work, but they can attend school during their time in the United States.
A U visa is for nonimmigrants who were a victim of mental abuse, physical abuse or another crime during their time in the United States. The government may ask them to stay to assist with the investigation and prosecution of the suspect.
Arlington, VA Student Visas
The F-1 Visa, J-1 Visa and M-1 Visa are viable options for student visas. One is typically preferable to another, depending on your specific situation.
The most common type of student visa, F-1 visa holders are free to study inside of the United States. They must attend an accredited college or university and take a full load each semester. Upon completion of college, they can remain in the United States for up to 60 days.
The J-1 visa, also called the exchange visitor visa, requires the applicant to be apart of a sponsorship program that is approved by the Department of State. Students here on a J-1 visa must return to their home country for at least two years upon completion of their education program.
M-1 visa is a type of student visa that is specifically for vocational learning. M-1 visa applicants must offer proof they can support themselves financially while in the United States as their visa does not permit them to work during their vocational learning.
Arlington, VA Visitor Visas
The B-1 and B-2 visa offer a way to visit and tour the United States on a temporary basis.
Legitimate business travelers inside the United States are eligible for a B-1 visa. This includes individuals who need to enter the country to attend a professional business conference or conduct a contract negotiation.
The b-2 visa is for individuals who are interested in visiting family inside the United States, touring America and/or seeking recreational interests. B-2 visa holders are not allowed to work while in the United States and must have adequate funding.
Arlington, VA Green Cards
Arlington, VA green card opportunities include employment-based green cards, family-based green cards and waivers to overlook an inadmissibility.
Employment-Based Green Cards
Employment-based green cards are for applicants who seek full-time employment in the United States. An employer must verify that they intend to hire the applicant for long-term and reliable employment.
Family-Based Green Cards
Any foreign individual that has immediate family that are residents inside the United States may apply for a family-based green card. However, this type of green card only applies to immediate relatives (spouse, child and parent).
A waiver is a request to the U.S. government to overlook an “inadmissibility,” an immigration violation. For green card applicants, a waiver is a way to overcome a violation while holding a visa (i.e. working while on a B-2 visa).
Arlington, VA Removal Defense
Removable defense refers to law assistance in the event a removal from the country is possible. Contact our team to learn more about removable defense in Arlington, VA.
Asylum is a way for foreign individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country for fear of persecution to be granted legal protection. Those who receive asylum status may also apply for a green card and permission to work within a year.
Cancellation Of Removal
Cancellation of removal is a request to change a foreign individual’s status from deportable to one that is lawfully admitted. Applicants must a set of requirements for approval.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) is a way for abandoned, neglected or abused children under the age of 21 to receive legal status and protection inside the United States.
Speak With A Arlington, VA Immigration Attorney
Our immigration law team assists individuals in Arlington, VA and the surrounding area with all of their immigration needs. We’re happy to assist you with your visa application process. If you’re looking for more information on our Arlington, VA immigration law services, reach out to the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC. Call us today at (571) 559-7229 to get the process started.