Are you seeking a Tysons Corner immigration lawyer? Our team at the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC is here to help you with your immigration needs. The immigration process can be stressful and time consuming. When you work with a qualified immigration law attorney, you open yourself up to a certain ease and peace of mind.
Immigration Visas Available In Tysons Corner, VA
This review offers insights into the different types of immigration visas available. We review employment, student and visitor visas for residents and nonresidents in Tysons Corner.
There are many types of employment visas available. Let’s review the most notable ones and highlight what makes each visa type different.
For foreign diplomats, ambassadors or government officials from another country, A visas are the primary option. These visas work on a tiered system, with each of the 3 tiers serving a specific purpose. Here are the three tiers:
An A-1 visa allows you to come into the United States temporarily if you work for a foreign government. Applicants must prove their role within the government, and those who are approved can enter and exit the country as necessary.
Are you not eligible for an A-1 visa but still require entrance into the United States to work on behalf of your foreign national government? If, so, you may qualify for an A-2 employment visa.
The A-3 visa program applies to attendants, servants and employees of an A-1 or A-2 visa holder. There are two different categories of the A-3 visa, which depend on who hires and pays the applicant.
An EB-1A visa offers employment-based permanent residency to scientists, artists, athletes and businessmen that have extraordinary abilities.
The EB-1B visa is a subcategory of the first priority visa (EB). It is specifically for academic workers who are considered outstanding in their field and/or have international recognition.
If you are a CEO, manager or executive that needs to relocate to the United States to permanently work at a U.S. office or expand your business in the U.S., then the EB-1C visa may apply to you.
The EB-2 visa program is a second preference visa for nonimmigrants that have an advanced post-graduate degree or a Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience within their field.
The EB-3 visa is for foreign nationals that work in a field that experiences a shortage of qualified workers at the time of the application. Applicants must have an employer to sponsor them and offer a permanent job in the United States.
If you work for a non-profit religious organization or meet any of the other requirements to be considered a “special immigrant,” then you can apply for the EB-4 visa.
Business owners who are interested in expanding into the United States can apply for the EB-5 visa if they are willing to invest at least $500,000 and employ 10 or more American workers.
An H-1B visa allows foreign individuals to live and work in the United States. It is for those who work in a specialty occupation and whose employment does not lead to American workers losing their job.
There are two types of L-1 visas, which are the L-1A and L-1B visas. Both are for employees that need to transfer to a U.S. based location. However, one may be preferable to another, depending on the type of employee seeking the transfer.
The L-1A visa provides a pathway into the United States for high-level executives and other essential employees who must transfer from a company branch or location from a foreign country to a location inside the U.S.
The L-1B visa allows companies to transfer employees into the United States if they have offices in multiple countries. Applicants, however, must possess special knowledge.
The L-2 visa grants nonimmigrants who are accepted entrance into the United States along with an L-1 visa holder. To qualify, the applicant must be a spouse or unmarried child 20 and under.
The purpose of the O visa is to allow foreign nationals that possess “extraordinary abilities” the opportunity to live and use their craft in the United States. This specifically applies to nonimmigrants who work in the fields of science, art, education, business or athletics.
A Q visa provides the opportunity to work for a specified employer in the United States through a cultural exchange program. This allows the nonimmigrant to learn more about American culture and bring parts of their culture and traditions here in the U.S.
Tysons Corner, VA Fiancé Visas
If you are engaged to a U.S. citizen, or are the child of a K-1 visa holder, then you can come into the United States temporarily for marriage and while you go through the green card process.
If you are engaged to a U.S. citizen and plan to live with them in the United States after marriage, then you can apply for the K-1 visa. The K-1 visa gives 90 days for the applicant to come into the U.S. and tie the knot.
The K-2 visa is for the children of a K-1 or K-3 visa holder. This allows them to come into the United States with their parents to live and start their life in the United States.
Before you receive a green card and permanent resident status, you may need a K-3 visa after marrying a U.S. citizen. This allows you to live with your spouse in the United States.
Tysons Corner, VA Non-Immigrant Visas
The five types of P visas include the P-1A, P-1B, P-2, P-3 and P-4 visas. Each is unique in its own way, but they are designed for athletes, teams, entertainers or entertainment groups.
The P-1A visa is a temporary visa for athletes who would like to travel to the U.S. specifically to compete in a certain event. This visa will allow them entry in order to compete in the event.
P-1B visa holders can travel with their group into the United States for a specific sporting event. It differs from a P-1A visa as it is for groups and teams, rather than individual entertainers and athletes.
The P-2 visa provides an opportunity for foreign artists, entertainers and athletes to participate in competitions and other event types in the U.S. through a reciprocal exchange program.
The U.S. allows culturally unique entertainment groups and performers to travel to the United States temporarily to perform. Qualified applicants can apply for the P-3 visa program.
The P-4 visa applies to the spouse and children under the age of 21 of someone who holds a P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa. It ensures families can stay together while entering the United States.
If in the unfortunate event a non-immigrant falls victim to a crime in the United States, they may be asked to stay in the country through the U visa program to help with the investigation.
Tysons Corner, VA Student Visas
The purpose of the F-1, J-1 and M-1 visa is to offer ways to study in the United States for foreign nationals.
F-1 visas are given to international students who are accepted to take classes full time at an accredited college or university in the United States.
The J-1 visa is a student visa that applies to students, teachers and others that are involved in a program that promotes cultural exchange.
M-1 visas are provided to foreign nationals that are accepted into a vocational school or technical school in the U.S. Applicants must also financially support themselves and arrange their own living accommodations.
Tysons Corner, VA Visitor Visas
If you want to travel to the United States for business purposes or for tourism, then you can apply for the B-1 or B-2 visa.
The B-1 visa is a visitor nonimmigrant visa for foreign nationals that are interested in attending a business event in the United States. Most B-1 visas are valid for three months.
The B-2 visa allows you to travel around the United States (or visit a single city) for a temporary period of time. Applicants must support themselves financially and are not allowed to work during their stay.
Tysons Corner, VA Green Cards
Green cards offer permanent resident status. You can get an employment-based or family-based green card, which we discuss below.
Employment-Based Green Cards
Foreign nationals that have an opportunity to work full time in the United States and whose employer is willing to sponsor them can apply for an employment-based green card.
Family-Based Green Cards
U.S. residents and citizens can have their immediate relatives join them in the U.S. through the family-based green card program.
A waiver is a request to the U.S. government to forgive an inadmissibility, which is a violation related to your immigration status.
Tysons Corner, VA Removal Defense
Removable defense helps foreigners who face deportation find the right way to deal with their situation to avoid having to leave the country. This may include asylum, cancellation of removal or special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS).
Asylum provides a pathway to a green card for refugees, which are foreign nationals that face persecution in their home country and are unwilling or unable to return home.
Cancellation Of Removal
If your legal status is “deportable” and you are seeking to change it to a lawfully admitted status, then you can apply for cancellation of removal.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Are you or someone you know a child that is the victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment in the United States? If so, then you may be able to receive special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) and live in the U.S. legally as a permanent resident.
Speak With A Tysons Corner, VA Immigration Attorney
Working with a qualified immigration law attorney has the potential to greatly improve your process. An immigration attorney will help to answer any questions necessary and work for the best possible outcome. At the Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC, our team is ready and willing to help. Contact us by phone or email to learn more about Tysons Corner, VA immigration law. We are happy to answer your questions and arrange a consultation visit. Reach out by phone at (703) 273-5500 or send in an online request for consultation.