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Immigration Visas Available In Manassas, VA
There are many types of immigration visas available for Manassas, VA including employment visas, fiancé visas, non-immigrant visas, student visas & visitor visas. Our experienced Manassas, VA immigration attorney also provides assistance with green cards and removal defense.
Employment visas allow you to work temporarily or on a permanent-basis in the United States. The following is a review of each notable type of employment visa.
Individuals who work for a foreign government and need permission to enter the United States on a temporary basis can apply for an A-1 visa. This allows the government official to enter and exit the country as necessary for the duration of their visa.
The A-2 visa is slightly more restrictive than the A-1 visa, although it is easier to obtain. It is for foreign government officials that do not match the criteria for an A-1 visa.
If you do not qualify for an A-1 or A-2 visa but need an employment visa to work along with someone who does hold an A visa, then you may qualify for an A-3 visa.
This rare type of visa is for those who achieve great heights within their career and are considered to have extraordinary abilities. It provides employment-based permanent residency.
The EB-1B visa is a program designed to allow more extraordinary academic workers (researchers and professors) to work and permanently live in the United States.
Managers and executive transferees can apply for the EB-1C visa if they meet all requirements. It is specifically for foreign nationals who are managers and executives of a company that needs to move to a U.S.-based office or intends to open a U.S. based location.
If you have an advanced degree or a Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience, then you may be eligible for an EB-2 (second preference) visa. To qualify, you must secure employment in the United States.
You can apply for an EB-3 visa if you have employable skills in an area where there is a shortage of U.S. workers. You must first secure an employment opportunity before applying.
The EB-4 visa is broad and includes many different types of employees. If you are a foreign national that qualifies, then you can apply for the EB-4 visa and gain employment-based legal residency.
If you own a business and want to expand in the United States or want to start a U.S. business, then you can apply for an EB-5 visa. This visa makes you a lawful permanent resident (LPR).
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. businesses to hire nonimmigrant workers in a specialty occupation temporarily. Those who are accepted can live and work in the United States legally.
The L-1A and L-1B visas are the two types of L Visas. They are similar in the sense they both allow a transfer from a foreign office to a U.S. based affiliated office of your company, although there are some minor differences.
The L-1A visa allows you to transfer to the United States for work purposes. To qualify, your company must have a branch inside the United States and you must have worked for the company at least one out of the last three years.
The L-1B visa allows you to transfer to an affiliated office inside the United States, similar to the L-1A visa. However, the L-1B visa applies specifically to employees and executives that have “special knowledge”.
If you are a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 of an L-1 visa holder, then you can travel along with your loved one through the L-2 visa program.
The O visa is for professionals in sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. To qualify for an O visa, the applicant must have “extraordinary ability” within their field.
The Q visa allows travel to the United States through an approved cultural exchange program. The jobs available are temporary and the applicant must return to their home country upon completion.
The K-1, K-2 and K-3 visas offer a way for engaged nonimmigrants and their children under the age of 21 to come to the United States for marriage and to live with their spouse.
The K-1 visa is a step in the process of permanent marriage-based residency in the United States. This visa allows the fiancé of a U.S. citizen to travel to the U.S. and get married.
K-2 visa holders can travel to the United States with their parents. They can also work after obtaining a work permit and can attend school if desired as well.
K-3 visa holders have the opportunity to live with their spouse in the United States after marriage while they await their green card. K-3 visa holders can work but must receive a work permit first.
Non-immigrant visas allow foreign entertainers and athletes (as well as groups and teams) to travel to the United States temporarily for a specific purpose. The types of visas include the P-1A, P-1B, P-2, P-3 and P-4 visas.
The P-1A visa allows professional and amateur athletes to come into the United States to compete in a sporting event. The visa is typically valid through the event, and the nonimmigrant must return before the visa expires.
The P-1A visa applies to individual entertainers and athletes, whereas the P-1B applies to groups. You can come with your entertainment group or sports team to the United States through the P-1B visa program.
Foreign nationals that are a part of a reciprocal exchange program that involves their native country and the United States are eligible for a P-2 visa.
Performance groups and individual performers who perform a “culturally unique” can apply for a P-3 visa, which grants them permission to travel and perform in a specific event in the U.S.
You can travel with a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder if you are the spouse, son or daughter. To qualify, you must either be currently married or be a dependent child that is under the age of 21.
U visa holders may remain in the United States to help law enforcement with an investigation. This is specifically for non-immigrants who are the victim of a crime.
Student visas (F-1, J-1 and M-1) allow foreign students to live in the United States while they take classes. The following is a review of each type of student visa.
The F-1 visa is for international students that are accepted into an accredited college or university in the U.S. To remain eligible, you must take classes full time.
The J-1 visa applies to foreign nationals that are a part of a student-exchange program. This gives permission to study in the U.S. full time.
The purpose of an M-1 visa is to allow foreign nationals the chance to study at a non-academic institution in the United States, such as a vocational school.
Visitor visas allow you to visit the United States for up to six months. B-1 visas and B-2 visas are the most notable visitor visas, and we review each below.
You can travel to the United States and stay for up to three months on a B-1 visa. It is specifically for individuals who would like to attend a business event in the U.S.
Foreign nationals can visit and tour the U.S. through the B-2 visa program. All applicants must be able to support themselves financially as they are not allowed to work while here on a B-2 visa.
Employment-based green cards and family-based green cards are two main ways to gain permanent resident status in the United States. Waivers may also be an option in the green card process as well.
Employment-Based Green Cards
There are several ways to get an employment-based green card. To qualify, applicants must have a full-time, permanent job opportunity and an employer that is willing to sponsor the employee.
Family-Based Green Cards
You can get a family-based green card if you are a spouse, child or parent of a U.S. citizen. Certain criteria must be met, however, and distant relatives are not eligible.
A waiver is a request for forgiveness for an “inadmissibility.” This could be due to a violation during a previous visa (staying too long, working on a restricted visa, etc.) It can be utilized during the green card application process.
The three main methods of removable defense are asylum, cancellation of removal and special immigrant juvenile status.
Do you face persecution in your home country due to your sex, age, race, gender or economic situation? If so, then asylum may offer a way to live and work in the U.S. permanently.
Cancellation Of Removal
If your current legal status is not lawfully admitted, then you can seek to have it changed through the cancellation of removal process.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Children (20 and under) who are abused, neglected or abandoned can apply for special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS), which provides permanent resident status.
Speak With A Manassas, VA Immigration Attorney
Talk to our experienced Manassas, VA immigration attorney for more information about how The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge can help with your immigration needs. For more information about our available immigration visas or the immigration process, reach out to our immigration law firm by calling (571) 559-7229 or by requesting a consultation online today!