Immigration can be a complex process. Nonimmigrant visas are one of the most popular ways to temporarily secure legal residency in the United States. Students, tourists, business professionals and other individuals may only need to live in the U.S. for a short amount of time and therefore do not need permanent residency. Those seeking temporary residency have several options to select from.
Below, we delve into different types of non-immigrant visa and their requirements. If you need additional assistance choosing a visa, call our Chicago immigration attorney at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC Group to explore possible solutions.
A nonimmigrant visa is granted to noncitizen individuals looking to work, study or receive medical treatment in the United States. Immigration law determines the type of visa the person will need, depending on the reason for travel. Typically, the foreign national will apply directly to the embassy or consulate while abroad for a business nonimmigrant (B-1) or a tourist (B-2) visa. However, you will likely need to provide authorized documentation before applying.
Moreover, a visa does not guarantee you may travel freely to the United States. A consular at an embassy abroad will examine your intentions to enter the U.S. The inspection will reveal whether the applicant is eligible for a nonimmigrant visa based on the evidence procured.
In certain cases, it’s possible to stay in the U.S. temporarily without a visa. The Visa Waiver Program grants citizens from 40 designated countries the right to stay in the U.S. for tourism or business purposes for no longer than 90 days. In order to qualify, you must provide all of the necessary biometric data and documentation, which an attorney can help you prepare.
Depending on your reason for travel, you may be eligible to apply for one of the three primary types of nonimmigrant visas:
If you are hoping to work or study in the U.S. but aren’t sure which visa is right for you, reach out to a Chicago immigration attorney. Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC Group provides the insight needed to secure the right visa based on your specific circumstances. Call now for a consultation.
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