The Leesburg, VA immigration attorney at The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge represents non-immigrants and legal residents with their immigration needs. Our immigration law firm provides legal counsel and representation to those who are seeking either temporary or permanent residence within the United States.
Immigration Visas Offered In Leesburg, VA
Do you need legal representation to help you with your immigration visa needs in the Leesburg area? Our team is willing and able to help you get the visa you need to stay lawfully in the country.
Leesburg, VA employment visas are for foreign nationals that are seeking full time employment in the United States.
If you work for a foreign government and your work requires you to come into the United States periodically or on a temporary basis, then you may be eligible for an A-1 visa.
If you do not qualify for an A-1 visa, then you may still be eligible for an employment visa through the A-2 visa program. This allows foreign government officials and military members of a foreign government to temporarily live and work in the United States.
The A-3 visa is for employees, attendants and servants that work for a foreign government official that has received an A-1 or A-2 visa.
EB-1A visas offer permanent residency (employment-based) to individuals who have achieved the top of their profession and are internationally recognized as having “extraordinary abilities”.
To qualify for the EB-1B visa, you must be an academic worker with at least three years of teaching or research experience. It is for foreign individuals who are considered extraordinary within academics.
The EB-1C visa also offers employment-based permanent residency. This first preference visa is for managers and executives of a foreign business that need to relocate to the U.S.
An EB-2 visa is often an option for those who do not qualify for an EB-1 visa. This second-preference visa requires you to hold an advanced degree or have a Bachelor’s degree and exceptional skills within your profession.
Some fields have a shortage of qualified workers. If you work in one of these fields and have a U.S. employer that is willing to hire you on a permanent basis, then you can apply for an EB-3 visa.
The EB-4 visa, also called the fourth preference visa, is a more complex visa program that provides “special immigrants” permanent residency. There are many categories to review, but it is mostly for religious workers.
The Immigrant Investor Visa Program (EB-5), also called the fifth-preference visa, is for nonimmigrant business owners who expand or start their business inside the United States.
If you work in a specialty occupation, then a U.S. company can hire you temporarily through the H-1B visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act, particularly if it does not cause a loss of employment for American workers.
International companies and corporations can transfer employees into the United States for work through the L-1 visa program. L-1A and L-1B visas are the two types.
Has your company asked you to transfer to the United States for work purposes? If so, you may need an L-1A visa to live and work at a U.S. branch of your company.
If you are vital to your company due to “special knowledge” and need a transfer to an affiliated office in the U.S., then you may be eligible for the L-1B visa.
The L-2 visa program allows the spouse and children (unmarried and under the age of 21) to travel with the recipient of an L-1 visa.
The O visa allows people with “extraordinary abilities” to live and work in the United States. It primarily applies to scientists, artists, education professionals, businessmen and athletes.
A Q visa is a type of visa that allows nonimmigrants to live and work in the United States through an approved cultural exchange program. The purpose is to allow the individual to share their culture, history and traditions of their home country here in the U.S.
If you are engaged to a U.S. resident and intend to live with them in the United States after marriage, then the K-1 and K-3 visas (fiancé visas) are ideal for you.
If you or your spouse needs to travel to the U.S. to marry and live in the United States, then the K-1 visa is appropriate. Those who are accepted have 90 days to get married.
The best way to travel with your parents if they are the fiancé of a U.S. citizen is through the K-2 visa program. Applicants must be under the age of 21 and not yet married.
After marriage, K-1 visa holders can start the green card process, which takes some time. In the meantime, they can receive a K-3 visa to maintain their legal rights in the United States.
The P visas (P-1A, P-1B, P-2, P-3 and P-4) allow entertainers and other nonimmigrants to come into the United States temporarily as they participate in a specific event, competition, etc.
If you are an athlete that intends to compete in a sporting event that is hosted in the United States, then you will need a P-1A visa. This allows you to stay and compete in the United States until after the competition is over.
The P-1B visa is for individuals who are an integral part of an entertainment group that is visiting the United States for a specific competition.
Athletes, entertainers and artists that are a part of a reciprocal exchange program can compete and perform in the U.S. on a P-2 visa.
The purpose of a P-3 visa is to bring culturally unique performances here to the United States. Professional and amateur groups that are considered “culturally unique” may apply for temporary permission to travel and perform in the U.S.
The P-4 visa, also called the P-4 dependent visa, is a non-immigrant visa that applies to the children and the spouse of a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder.
If you have suffered mental or physical abuse, then the government may ask you to remain in the United States to assist with an investigation. If so, you may receive a U non-immigration visa.
Understanding the different types of student visas can help you decide which is right for you. Below we review the F-1, J-1 and M-1 student visas.
The F-1 student visa is the most common type of student visa. It is for international students that want to attend an accredited college or university. F-1 visa holders must be able to support themselves financially and take a full-time set of classes.
Also known as the exchange visitor non-immigrant visa (J-1), accepted applicants can live and study in the United States as a part of a cultural student exchange program.
If you would like to study at a vocational school, technical school or another nonacademic institution in the U.S., then you can do so through the M-1 visa program.
Do you want to travel around the United States and see all that it has to offer? If so, you can do exactly that with a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa.
You can visit the United States temporarily for business purposes (i.e. attend a business event or contract negotiation) with a B-1 visa. It is typically valid for up to 3 months.
Do you want to travel to the United States and see certain U.S. attractions? If so, you can apply for a B-2 visa and visit the United States for up to six months.
Below we discuss several green card options for foreign nationals hoping to gain permanent resident status, including employment-based and family-based green cards.
Employment-Based Green Cards
You will need an employer to serve as a sponsor and offer a full-time and permanent work opportunity to apply for an employment-based green card. Those who are accepted are able to live and work in the U.S. full time.
Family-Based Green Cards
If you are the spouse, parent, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or resident, then you can apply for a family-based green card. However, children must be under 21 and not yet married for eligibility.
During the green card application process, you can submit a waiver to have the U.S. government look past an “inadmissibility.” This refers to any violation related to your immigration status.
Removable defense is legal representation and advocating on behalf of individuals who face deportation in the United States. We discuss several aspects involved in removable defense below.
Asylum refugees are allowed to remain in the United States and seek a green card. However, those who apply and are accepted for asylum are not allowed to return to their home country in which they face persecution.
Cancellation Of Removal
Foreign nationals that face deportation can potentially have their status changed through the cancellation of removal process.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
If you or a child you know is the victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment by their caregiver, then they may receive special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) for protection and lawful legal residence.
Speak With A Professional Leesburg, VA Immigration Attorney
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