Immigration law offers a way to gain temporary or permanent permission to live and work in the United States. If you are seeking Sterling, VA immigration law assistance, get in touch with our team at The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC. Our team of experienced Sterling, VA immigration attorneys will work with you through your process, and keep you informed with every step.
Immigration Visas Offered In Sterling, VA
Immigration visas offer a way to work, tour, visit family or get married in the United States. Working with a qualified immigration law attorney can help to reduce stress in your process, and ensure that you stay informed all along the way. The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC, offers Sterling, VA immigration law services that work to get the best possible outcome for you.
Sterling, VA Employment Visas
Common types of employment visas are A visas, EB visas, an H-1B visa, L visas, an O visa and a Q visa. The following is a review of each Sterling, VA employment visa.
A visas are available for foreign diplomats who are looking to travel or enter the United States. Depending on the level of diplomatic status and government official categories, a different tier of visa is available. The three tiers of a visas are as follows:
The A-1 visa grants holders highly ranked government officials in other countries the ability to enter the United States on a temporary basis. Types of foreign individuals that are eligible include public ministers, consular officers and diplomatic officials.
The A-2 visa is for foreign government employees and members of foreign militaries who require entrance into the United States for work-related reasons, specifically those who are not eligible for an A-1 visa.
A-3 visa holders are able to travel into the country alongside an A-1 and A-2 visa holders. This type of visa is reserved for special work associates and family members of an A-1 or A-2 visa holder.
The EB-1A visa is one of the harder employment visas to receive. It is designed for individuals who have reached high aptitudes or have extraordinary abilities within their profession.
An EB-1B employment visa is for researchers and professors, particularly those who have reached the top of their profession, secured a master’s or doctorate and have secured full-time employment inside the United States.
The EB-1C visa applies to executives, managers and other high-level employees of an international company and organization that are required to relocate to the United States. There are specific guidelines that must be met when applying for an EB-1C visa.
There are three types of EB-2 visas (second employment-based preference), which are the EB-2A, EB-2B and EB-2C visas. They apply to individuals with an exceptional ability or that possess an advanced degree (Bachelor’s or higher).
The EB-3 visa program allows foreign individuals with less than a post-graduate degree to gain permanent residency in the United States, so long as the applicant works within an industry where there are not enough U.S. workers.
The EB-4 visa is a non-immigrant document that permits religious workers and those who are qualified and interested in working for a faith-based organization inside the United States the opportunity to enter the country.
This visa is for investors and business owners who can create jobs and boost the United States economy. It is a popular method of entering, living and working in the country or many wealthy Indian investors.
Architects, engineers, doctors, scientists and other professionals who work in a specialized industry are eligible for an H-1B visa. To qualify, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s and have a full-time employment opportunity inside the United States.
L-1 visa holders are allowed to work and live in the United States. It is primarily for executives and business managers who travel from one office to another foreign different countries for their work. The two types of L-1 visas are an L-1A visa and an L-1B visa.
An L-1A visa is for company executives, managers and other high-level employees that must transfer from one foreign office to an office in the United States.
An L-1B visa is for employees that possess special knowledge within a company that is essential to a company’s operation and success. It is only valid for a specified amount of time (three months to five years).
The L-2 visa offers a way for an L-1A or an L-1B visa holder to bring their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 along with them for work purposes in Sterling, VA.
This is a special type of visa that allows individuals with “extraordinary skills or international notoriety to work in the United States. It often is most applicable to film and television stars, athletes, artists, professors, scientists and businessmen.
Are you interested in joining a federally approved cultural exchange program? If so, the Q visa program offers a way for you to learn practical training and receive employment in the United States.
Sterling, VA Fiancé Visas
The Sterling, VA Fiancé Visas (K1 visa) are for men and women and men that are engaged to be married to a U.S. citizen.
The K-1 visa program is for foreign individuals who are engaged to a U.S. citizen. This visa allows the applicant to come into the country for marriage. They have 90 days to marry, and they can start the process towards permanent residency after the wedding.
A K-2 visa is for children of a K-1 visa holder. This allows the K-1 visa holder to bring their children (under the age of 21) along with them.
A K-3 visa allows married individuals who have not yet applied for a green card to receive a temporary visa until they complete the green card process.
Sterling, VA Non-Immigrant Visas
The P-1A, P-1B, P-2, P-3, P-4 and U visas are for entertainers, entertainment groups, athletes and sports teams to gain temporary permission to live and perform in the United States.
This visa is for individual athletes. It is for athletes who are coming to the U.S. on a temporary basis, such as to participate in a tennis competition, golf tournament or another individual sporting event.
The P-1B visa is for sports teams and entertainment groups. All required individuals for the event must be listed on the application and they must return following the completion of their competition.
If you are interested in a reciprocal exchange program involving the United States and another nation, then you may be able to receive a P-2 visa. This is most applicable to entertainers and athletes that do not qualify for an O visa, P-1A or P-1B visa.
A P-3 visa is for culturally unique performers. This could be a singer, dancer or another type of entertainer whose performance is considered to be “culturally unique.”
The P-4 visa applies to spouses and children who are under the age of 21 of a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder.
This non-immigrant visa is for any foreign individual who is asked to remain in the United States after suffering mental or physical abuse. This may be so that the individual can get treatment, assist with an investigation or for another reason.
Sterling, VA Student Visas
Student visas offer a way for foreigners to leave their home country to study full-time in the United States. The most common type of student visa is an F-1 visa, although J-1 and M-1 visas may be viable options as well.
If you are accepted into an accredited college or university in the United States and are willing and able to take a full-time set of classes each semester, then the F-1 student visa may work for you.
The J-1 visa is for students of an approved foreign exchange program between the United States and another foreign nation.
An M-1 visa is for international students that are in a vocational school or technical school. All applicants must have a way to support themselves while in the United States on an M-1 visa.
Sterling, VA Visitor Visas
It is helpful to understand what a B-1 visa and a B-2 visa is and which visitor visa is right for you.
A B-1 visa is for visitors who want to temporarily stay in the United States for business purposes, such as to attend a business conference or visit with an important international client.
B-2 visas are granted to nonimmigrants for tourism purposes. They typically last six months with a potential option to extend for an additional six months.
Sterling, VA Green Cards
Green cards are a way to permanently live in the United States. Let’s review several more common green card opportunities, including employment-based green cards, family-based green cards and how waivers work during the application process.
Employment-Based Green Cards
Employment-based green cards allow full-time, permanent living and work for applicants who are accepted. The employer must serve as a sponsor and prove a permanent, full-time employment offer has been made.
Family-Based Green Cards
Family-based green cards are issued to the spouse, child and parent of a U.S. citizen or resident, although certain criteria must be met and necessary documents should be provided.
A waiver is a request to overlook an immigration violation, which is also called an “inadmissibility.”
Sterling, VA Removal Defense
Removable defense includes asylum, cancellation of removal and special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS).
Asylum offers a way for foreign nationals that are fleeing persecution in another country to enter or remain in the United States and seek a green card.
Cancellation Of Removal
Cancellation of removal refers to a changing an immigration status from deportable or similar status to “lawfully admitted” status.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) may be an option for children that are under the age of 21 and have endured abandonment, abuse or neglect by their legal guardian and need legal protection and status.
Speak With A Sterling, VA Immigration Attorney
Those in the Sterling, VA area who are seeking immigration law services should look no further than the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC. Our team of talented immigration law attorneys will help you through your visa or green card process, and work to get the best possible outcome. If you need an immigration attorney in Sterling, VA or the surrounding Virginia area, then contact us today. Reach out by phone at (703) 273-5500 or send in an online request form.