Our Falls Church, VA immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge is ready to help you or your loved one with all immigration related legal matters. Our immigration law firm has years of experience assisting individuals navigating the immigration process, ranging from assistance with applying for an immigration visa to removal defense.
Immigration Visas Offered In Falls Church, VA
Immigration visas allow you to legally enter and live in the country on a temporary or ongoing basis. This review offers insights into the details regarding the most notable visa opportunities.
Employment visas are a common type of Falls Church, VA immigration visa that is awarded to individuals who have an employment opportunity in the U.S. and meet all specific requirements for the visa they are applying for.
Do you work for the national government and need to live and work temporarily inside the United States? If so, the A-1 visa may be the most applicable employment visa for you.
The A-2 visa allows foreign military members and government employees to enter the United States for work-related reasons. It is specifically for those who do not qualify for an A-1 visa.
Attendants, servants and employees that travel alongside an A-1 or A-2 visa holder are eligible for an A-3 visa. This could include domestic employees paid by the principal applicant or those paid by the applicant’s home government.
If you have extraordinary abilities within your profession, then you may be eligible for an EB-1A visa. This visa offers employment-based permanent residency and applies to a range of professions.
The EB-1B visa is for academic workers (professors, researchers, etc.) that have international recognition as being exceptional within their field.
The EB-1C visa is the third type of first preference employment visa (in addition to EB-1A and EB-1B). This applies to managers and company executives of a foreign business that has or plans to open locations or offices in the U.S.
The EB-2 visa is a second reference visa. It is for foreign nationals who possess an advanced degree or have exceptional skills within their field.
The EB-3 visa grants nonimmigrants the opportunity to work for a sponsored employer in the United States. To qualify, applicants must have a job opportunity within a field that experiences a lack of qualified U.S. applicants.
The fourth preference employment visa (EB-4) is a type of visa for “special immigrants.” There are many types of employees included in this category, including workers for a non-profit foreign religious organization.
The EB-5 visa, also called the Immigrant Investor Visa Program, is for foreign nationals who are willing to invest $500 thousand to $1 million and employ at least 10 U.S. workers in the United States.
H-1B applicants must work in a specialty occupation and have the necessary education, skills and work experience to be accepted. They must also have an employment opportunity in the U.S.
If you work for a company that has offices in multiple countries (one being the United States) and are seeking a company transfer, the L visa program (L-1A and L-1B) may be right for you.
An L-1A visa gives you the chance to live and work at a U.S. branch if your company has locations in multiple countries. There are visa requirements you must meet for eligibility.
To qualify for the L-1B visa, the applicant must possess “special knowledge” related to the company they work for. Acceptable applicants are allowed temporary entry, ranging from 3 months to five years.
The L-2 visa provides a pathway to enter and live in the country if you are the spouse or unmarried child under 21 of someone who has received an L-1 visa.
Professionals within a specified field (sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics) who are known to have “extraordinary abilities” can apply for an O visa.
The Q visa program allows you to come into the U.S. for work purposes. The only way to get in through a Q visa is to apply and get accepted into a cultural exchange program.
Engaged nonimmigrants can travel to the United States for marriage if their future spouse is a U.S. resident or citizen.
You can come into the United States for marriage to a U.S. citizen through the K-1 visa if you meet all qualifications. To avoid having to leave the country after the visa, applicants must marry within 90 days.
Children 20 and under whose parents possess a K-1 or K-3 visa can apply for a K-2 visa. This allows travel to the United States, where they are allowed to live and work (with a work permit).
The purpose of the K-3 visa is to allow foreign nationals who married a U.S. citizen the opportunity to live legally in the United States while they wait for their permanent residency through the green card process.
If you need to come into the United States temporarily, or your team wants to participate in a competition or event in the U.S., then the P visa program may be right for you.
International athletes (professional and amateur) may compete in a sporting event in the United States through the P-1A visa program.
If you are a part of an entertainment group or athletic team that wants to visit the United States for a specific event, then you can legally come with your group through the P-1B visa program.
The P-2 visa program is for members of a reciprocal exchange program. Specifically, entertainers, artists and athletes who want to participate in U.S. based events and meet all qualifications can apply.
Anyone who wants to come into the United States for the purpose of performing a “culturally unique” act or performance can apply for lawful entry and stay in the U.S. through the P-3 visa program.
A P-4 visa is for immediate family members (spouse and children) of a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder. P-4 visa holders can travel with their loved one while they perform in the U.S.
Non-immigrants that are involved in a crime as a victim can remain in the country during the investigation through the U visa program. Law enforcement may ask the visa holder to help with an investigation, such as by testifying in court or identifying a witness.
Are you a foreign student that is interested in studying at a U.S. college, university or vocational school? If so, you can apply for an F-1, J-1 or M-1 visa.
You can live and take classes full-time at an accredited college or university inside the United States with an F-1 visa. Accepted applicants must support themselves financially and leave within 60 days of the visa’s expiration unless provided permission to stay and work.
The purpose of the J-1 visa is to offer a way for students to study in the United States as a part of a cultural exchange education program.
You can apply for an M-1 visa by presenting an I-20 form at your home country’s U.S. embassy or consulate. This visa allows you to study at a vocational school or technical school in the United States.
A B-1 or B-2 visa allows you to visit the United States for tourism or business purposes. These visas last up to six months.
Legitimate business travels can apply for a B-1 visa, which grants them lawful entry into the United States and allows them to stay for several months.
The purpose of a B-2 visa is to allow foreign individuals the opportunity to tour the United States temporarily. They are not allowed to work, and all B-2 visa holders must prove they can support themselves financially while here.
There are two primary types of green cards, which are employment-based and family-based. We discuss both options and waivers below.
Employment-Based Green Cards
If you want to live and work in the United States full-time, then you can apply for an employment-based green card. This applies to those who are here on an EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 visa.
Family-Based Green Cards
Family-based green cards are given to the immediate relatives of a U.S. resident or citizen. All applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.
If you are applying for a green card but have an “inadmissibility,” you can submit a waiver to forgive the inadmissibility and improve your chances of obtaining a green card.
If you face deportation, then hiring a law attorney to represent you as you seek permanent residence in the United States can help.
Asylum allows foreign nationals that are in the country or at the border the ability to remain in the country and seek a green card.
Cancellation Of Removal
If all conditions are met, then a judge may grant cancellation of removal to foreigners whose immigration status is deportable.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) allows you to live in the U.S. permanently and legally. This is specifically for children under the age of 21 that are the victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Speak With A Falls Church, VA Immigration Attorney
Reach out to our experienced Falls Church, VA immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge for more information about our immigration visas and immigration related services. Give us a call at (571) 559-7229 or request a consultation online to speak with our Falls Church, VA immigration attorney and to get started on your visa process.