If you live or are looking to move or visit the Reston, VA area and are in need of immigration law assistance, call our team today for assistance. At the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC, we can assist those in the Reston, VA area with many immigration law processes. Our team is ready to work for you and strive to produce the best possible outcome.
Immigration Visas In Reston, VA
Immigration visas and green cards in Reston, VA help you stay in the United States legally. There are numerous visa and green card statuses. Our experienced attorneys are here for you during your process. The visa and green card process can be confusing, but with an immigration attorney by your side, the process is far simpler.
Reston, VA Employment Visas
Employment visas are for foreign individuals who are interested in or are required by their employer to work inside the United States. Working with a Reston, VA immigration law attorney can greatly enhance your visa process. Attorneys will help you along the way and ensure you understand each step in the process.
To enter into the United States, foreign diplomats or government officials must have the proper visa. A visas are available for foreign diplomats, ambassadors and government officials who are seeking entry or travel to the United States. The tiers for A visas are shown below:
The A-1 visa program is for diplomatic appointees, public ministers and other high-level members of foreign governments. They along with their family members are provided the ability to enter and stay in the United States indefinitely.
Foreign military members and foreign government officials who are not eligible for an A-1 visa may apply for an A-2 visa, particularly those who must enter into Reston, VA or another United States city for government-related business.
Family members and those who work along with an A-1 or A-2 visa holder can apply for an A-3 visa, which grants them access to the United States.
If you are considered one of the best within the industry you work in and possess “extraordinary abilities,” then you may be eligible for an EB-1A Visa.
Professors and researchers that require entrance into Reston, VA can apply for an EB-1B if they have secured a full-time employment opportunity within the United States.
The EB-1C visa is for executives and managers of an international company, particularly those who must relocate to the United States. Workers with an EB-1C status are allowed to freely enter and work in Reston, VA and other U.S. cities.
The EB-2 visa is for individuals with an advanced degree or an exceptional ability who desire to enter or require entrance into the United States. This is referred to as the “second employment-based preference” category.
Foreign professionals who work within an industry where there is not enough U.S. nationals to fill the demand. It is divided into three categories, which are professional workers, skilled workers and unskilled workers.
The EB-4 visa specifically applies to individuals who are educated, trained and experienced in religious work. Applicants must satisfy all specific requirements and are granted permanent residency inside the U.S.
This is a popular visa for wealthy investors. The ability to create jobs through investments and business investments makes you qualified for an EB-5 visa (immigrant investor program).
The H-1B visa is for foreign professionals who work in a specialized industry. This refers to any industry that requires special skills. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher education.
L-1 visas are a way to enter the United States for up to five years for work purposes. It particularly applies to international companies with offices in the United States.
The L-1A visa is for individuals who must work in the United States for an extended period of time. This applies to company executives, managers and more.
Although similar to an L-1A visa, L-1B visas are given to foreign individuals who possess special knowledge within their industry or have extraordinary skills.
L-1A and L-1B visa holders can bring their spouses and children with them to the United States through the L-2 visa program.
If you are an athlete, actor, actress, scientist, highly qualified professor, businessmen or have extraordinary skills or international notoriety in another field, then you may be eligible for an O visa.
This program grants temporary entry into the United States to foreign professionals who are a part of a cultural exchange program that is approved by the USCIS.
Reston, VA Fiancé Visas
Fiancé visas are for those who are engaged to a U.S. citizen, a child of a foreign parent that is engaged to be married or has recently married a U.S. citizen and intends to live in the United States.
If you are a foreign individual who is engaged to a U.S. citizen and intend to get married within the next 90 days, then you may be eligible for the K-1 visa. This allows you to enter the country and stay with your newlywed spouse after the wedding.
The K-2 visa program is for children of a newlywed foreign individual that married a U.S. citizen. The K-2 visa allows the child to join their parent(s) in the United States.
This applies to newlyweds who have not applied for a U.S. green card after leaving their home country. The K-3 visa, however, is temporary, and the individual should apply for a green card for long-term permanent residency.
Reston, VA Non-Immigrant Visas
A non-immigrant visa is given to individuals from a foreign nation that are interested in entering the U.S. on a temporary basis. Common non-immigrant visas include a P-1A, P-1B, P-2, P-3, P-4 and U Visa.
The P-1A visa applies to individuals, whereas the P-1B visa is for teams and organizations. Most notably, athletes, entertainers and other types of performers are eligible for a P-1A visa, although this visa is typically for those that are not considered “extraordinary” and do not have international recognition.
If you require entry into Reston, VA or another U.S. city as a part of an entertainment group or sports team, then you may be able to receive a P-1B visa.
If you do not qualify for an O-visa, P-1A visa or a P-1B visa, you may be able to apply for a P-2 visa. This is reserved for entertainers, athletes, groups and sports teams that are a part of a reciprocal exchange program.
P-3 visas are awarded to entertainers that are deemed “culturally unique” by the USCIS. This means they offer value in the form of bringing a new culture to the United States
The P-4 visa is for immediate family members (i.e. spouse, children) of someone who possesses a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa. HOlders of a P-4 visa cannot work, but they can attend school while in the United States.
A U visa is for foreign individuals who have suffered abuse or was the victim of another crime during their stay in the U.S. If this occurs, they may receive a U visa to receive treatment and assist in governmental investigations.
Reston, VA Student Visa
F-1 visas, J-1 visas and M-1 visas, the most common types of student visas, have certain differences. Let’s review the details of each one.
International students that are able to support themselves financially and are accepted into an accredited college or university program in the United States are eligible for the F-1 visa.
J-1 visa (exchange visitors) holders can study in the United States as well. However, this visa is for exchange students that are a part of a Department of State approved sponsorship program.
The M-1 visa applies to international students who would like to study vocational learning or attend a technical school in the United States. Their visa, however, does not permit them to work, so applicants should be able to support themselves financially.
Reston, VA Visitor Visas
The B-1 and B-2 visas are for U.S. tourists who are visiting the country temporarily for a specific purpose.
Anyone foreign individual who would like to visit the United States for the primary purpose of attending a professional event (business meeting, conference, client negotiation, etc.) may apply for a B-1 visa.
B-2 visas are given to foreign residents who do not intend to seek a green card but instead want to tour the United States for vacation or recreational purposes. B-2 visa holders are not allowed to work while in the U.S.
Reston, VA Green Cards
Green cards are a way to gain permanent residence status in the United States. There are several types of green cards, which we review below.
Employment-Based Green Cards
If you have an offer for full-time employment by a U.S.-based employer, then you may be eligible for an employment-based green card. However, there are certain requirements that must be met for permanent residency (green card) status.
Family-Based Green Cards
Immediate family members can join their loved ones in the United States through the family-based green card program. Immediate family only includes your spouse, children and parents.
If you have a reported “inadmissibility” from a previous visit in the United States, then you may have issues getting a green card. A waiver is a way to overcome an immigration violation while applying for a green card.
Reston, VA Removal Defense
Removable defense protects you from deportation. It includes asylum, cancellation of removal and special immigrant juvenile status.
Asylum is a common path to permanent residency in the United States, specifically for nonimmigrants that face persecution in their home country.
Cancellation Of Removal
If you have a “deportable” status, then you may be able to change the status to “lawfully admitted” through the cancellation of removal defense with the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special immigrant juvenile status is for abandoned, neglected, or abused children that are 20 years or younger. It offers a way to receive full protection and remain safely inside the United States.
Speak With A Reston, VA Immigration Attorney
Contact the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC today to discuss how we can help you with your immigration law needs. Our experienced attorneys are friendly and professional, willing to answer all of your questions during a consultation. Reach out by phone at (571) 559-7229 or request a consultation online.