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What types of visas can you get to come to the U.S.?

It’s often said that the United States is a land of opportunity, attracting individuals from around the world seeking a better life, education, or professional opportunities. But navigating the U.S. immigration system can be complex, with various types of visas designed to meet different needs.

At Jones Law Partners, we believe that people wanting to come to the U.S. should be fully informed about the immigration process. From our experienced team of Louisiana immigration attorneys, here’s an overview of the types of visas available for those aspiring to come to the United States.

Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Visas

Temporary or nonimmigrant visas are designed for individuals who wish to enter the United States for a specific purpose and a limited duration. Here are some common types of temporary visas:

  • B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa: This visa is for tourists (B-2) and business travelers (B-1). It allows individuals to visit the U.S. for a short duration.
  • Student Visas, such as F-1, J-1, and M-1: Issued for individuals pursuing academic studies and language training programs.
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa: Intended for professionals with specialized skills or occupations, including scientists, engineers, and IT professionals.

Understanding the purpose and requirements of each temporary visa is crucial for a successful application process.

Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas, also known as permanent visas, are for individuals who intend to live permanently in the United States. Gaining a permanent visa can be a long and difficult process. Contact an immigration lawyer as soon as possible to find out your best options for moving forward.

Here are some common types of immigrant visas:

  • Family-sponsored visas: Available to family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, including spouses, children, and siblings.
  • Employment-based visas: Offered to individuals with specific employment opportunities in the U.S., categorized from EB-1 to EB-5 based on priority.
  • Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery: An annual program that grants visas to nationals of countries with low immigration rates to the U.S.
  • Refugee and Asylum Status: Granted to individuals fleeing persecution or fearing persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group.

There are many types of visas for immigrants, and these are just the most common. To find out the best option for your specific circumstance, talk to an immigration attorney.

Lawful Permanent Residence and Naturalization

Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR), commonly known as a green card, is a significant step towards becoming a permanent resident of the United States.

Once a person obtains a permanent or immigrant visa and arrives in the United States, they can apply for a green card. After holding a green card for a specified period, individuals can apply for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process. This includes demonstrating English proficiency, knowledge of U.S. government and history, and good moral character.

Contact Jones Law Partners today

Embarking on the journey to obtain a U.S. visa, green card, or citizenship can be complex and challenging. Jones Law Partners understands the intricacies of immigration law and is committed to guiding you through every step of the process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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