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Immigration Visas In Chantilly, VA
An immigration visa offers a way to enter the United States on a temporary or indefinite basis. There are many immigration visa types, which we highlight in this review. We offer the Chantilly, VA area immigration law services that work to improve their overall visa experience. See below the various services we offer.
Chantilly, VA Employment Visas
Employment visas such as the A Visas, EB visas and H-1B visas, L visas, O visas and Q visas offer a way to enter the United States for temporary or full-time employment.
Much like regular foreign visitors, diplomats, ambassadors and government officials require visas to gain entry to travel to the United States. A visas are available for these foreign government officials and work on a tiered system. The tiers for A visas are shown below:
Top-tier government officials who are interested in traveling from a foreign nation to Chantilly, VA should apply for an A-1 visa. This is one of the fastest visa types processed and offers very few travel restrictions.
An A-2 visa also applies to foreign government officials and military members, along with their family, although it is typically for non-diplomatic government officials and offers more restrictions.
A-1 and A-2 visa holders can bring important work associates and family members into the United States with them through the A-3 visa program.
EB-1A visa applicants must possess “extraordinary abilities. Among other potential professions, this applies to athletes, scientists, artists and businessmen.
The EB-1B visa program offers a way for professors and researchers to enter Chantilly legally for work. Applicants must display a past history of success within their profession.
If you intend to relocate your international organization or business to the United States, your executives may need an EB-1C visa, which grants legal entry into the United States.
The second employment-based preference category (EB-2 visa) is offered to foreign professionals who possess an advanced educational degree or have an exceptional talent related to their field.
Anyone who possesses the skills, training and educational experience necessary to work within a field where there is a U.S. worker shortage may qualify for an EB-3 visa, which grants permanent residency to the visa holder.
The EB-4 visa program, also called Special Immigrant visas, allow foreign individuals to work inside the United States as religious leaders or for non-profit faith organizations. This is known as the Fourth Preference visa.
The EB-5 Visa is for foreign investors. Any investor that is interested in an EB-5 visa must invest a minimum of $500,000, or for green card status, investors must create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs that lasts for two years.
The H-1B visa is for professionals within the following industries: architecture, engineering, medicine, science and technology, or another “specialized industry.” All H-1B visa applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and have an employer petition on their behalf.
An L-1 visa is a temporary immigrant visa that is offered between three months and five years, depending on the specific purpose for the visa. The two types of L-1 visas are an L-1A visa and an L-1B visa.
Businesses that transfer company executives and managers from one foreign office to another can have their employees apply for an L-1A visa, which allows them to legally travel as necessary.
Although similar to an L-1A visa, L-1B visas require the foreign employee to prove that they have special experience, education and knowledge within their industry, making their travel within their company essential.
L-2 visas are for the spouse and children of an L-1A or L-1B visa holder. It allows the visa holder to bring their immediate family with them while they travel for their work.
Nonimmigrants who have extraordinary skills or that have garnered international attention due to the performance within their profession are eligible for an O visa. This includes athletes, scientists, education professionals, businessmen, actors and television personalities, among other professions.
Q visas allow the applicant to join a cultural exchange program that offers practical training, employment. It also allows the applicant to share the history, culture, and traditions of their home country.
Chantilly, VA Fiancé Visas
Foreign individuals who are engaged to a U.S. citizen may apply for one of several K visas (fiancé visas).
This fiancé visa allows the fiancé of a US resident to come into the United States for marriage, which must take place within 90 days upon entering the country. If the visa holder does not get married, they must leave the United States.
Children of a K-1 visa holder that are under the age of 21 and not yet married can apply for and receive a K-2 visa. The K-1 visa holder must be able to prove that they are the parent of the applicant.
Newlywed non-residents who have not yet applied for a green card can receive a K-3 visa while they wait for their green card. This is only applicable to those who married a U.S. citizen.
Chantilly, VA Non-Immigrant Visas
Non-immigrant visas such as the P visas and U visa is applicable to athletes, entertainers, teams and entertainment groups who are interested in entering the United States.
Athletes, coaches and sports teams can come into the US on a temporary basis for a scheduled event, league or sports competition that they are a part of with a P-1A visa.
The P-1B visa is primarily for sports teams and entertainment groups as a whole. These organizations can apply for a visa to enter the country for the duration of their event.
Interested foreign nationals who do not qualify for an O visa or P-1A or P-1B visa may apply for a P-2 visa. This is particularly for entertainment groups that are a part of a reciprocal exchange program.
The P-3 visa program is for “culturally unique” entertainers. They are allowed into the US for a specified amount of time, and they must have the intention to return to their home country once their program is complete.
The P-4 visa is for family members and essential personnel that travels along with a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder. It is mostly used for spouses and unmarried children that are 20 and under.
U visas are applicable to victims of abuse (physical or mental) or another crime during their time in the United States. This is allowed for them to receive essential care and assist in the investigation and prosecution of the suspect(s).
Chantilly, VA Student Visas
There are three primary student visa programs — the F-1 visa, J-1 visa and M-1 visa.
F-1 visa holders can study inside of the United States, although they are only allowed to stay while they are in school and 60 days past completion. Applicants must attend an accredited educational program (college or university) and be considered a full-time student.
The exchange visitor visa (J-1 visa) is a student visa type that involves the student joining an approved sponsorship program. In this program, the student learns useful knowledge that they can use in their home country.
Are you interested in vocational learning inside of the United States? If so, the M-1 visa may be an option for you. Applicants, however, are not allowed to work during their visa and must be able to support themselves financially while they are in the U.S.
Chantilly, VA Visitor Visas
A visitor visa is for foreign individuals who would like to tour the United States or enter to attend a specific event.
A B-1 visa is a type of visitor visa for foreign individuals who need to attend a business-related event, conference, negotiation, etc. inside the United States.
The B-2 visa is a tourist visa. It allows the person to tour the United States for a specified amount of time and must return to their home country at the end of the visa.
Chantilly, VA Green Cards
Green cards offer permanent residence status. There are several types of green cards and waivers, which we highlight below.
Employment-Based Green Cards
Employees who want to hire a non-U.S. citizen for full time and long-term employment can do so by having the employee receive an employment-based green card.
Family-Based Green Cards
Family-based green cards are for foreign individuals who have immediate family inside of the United States they would like to be with. Immediate family members include parents, spouses, sons and daughters.
An “inadmissibility” may prevent you from acquiring a green card. If so, you can submit a waiver to overlook the immigration violation and continue to seek green card status, if all waiver requirements are satisfied.
Chantilly, VA Removal Defense
Removable defense protects against deportation due to overstayed visas and other visa and green card related concerns.
Nonimmigrants may seek asylum if they fear persecution in their home country due to their race, religion, sexual orientation or another concern.
Cancellation Of Removal
Individuals who have “deportable status” can submit a request to cancel their removal from the United States and become lawfully admitted, as long as they satisfy all cancellation of removal requirements.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applies to abandoned, neglected or abused children under the age of 21 who require legal status to gain optimal protection from harm or deportation inside the United States.
Speak With A Chantilly, VA Immigration Attorney
Contact the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC today to speak with one of our experienced immigration attorneys. Our Chantilly, VA immigration law services are designed to aid you along the way in your visa process. We are here to assist you with anything you may need. Reach out today by phone at (571) 559-7229 to get started today.