Foreign nationals who want to stay in the U.S. for a period of time need to obtain a visa. There are two main categories of visas – immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas. Each category has many types of visas, depending on your specific circumstances and goals.
No matter what type of visa you need, the process of obtaining that visa can be challenging and complicated. Immigration officials regularly deny visa applications, which can cause problems with your job or family. If you need a visa or have visa-related concerns, you should consult with a Chicago visa lawyer as soon as possible. Call Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. for assistance today.
Immigrant visas are appropriate for individuals who wish to live in the U.S. permanently, and possibly seek a green card and naturalization down the road. Some types of visas are easier to obtain, as some do not have numerical caps while others do.
Family-based immigrant visas can be available for the following:
Other immigrant visas are not based on family relationships, but instead on employment or other circumstances. These include:
These visas can begin a path to permanent resident status and later becoming a citizen if you desire and meet the qualifications.
Non-immigrant visas are valid for a limited period of time – often up to two years – and are intended for those who do not plan to live in the United States indefinitely and will return to their home countries. These visas have “letter” categories that include:
No matter what type of visa you need, it is important to have an immigration lawyer assess your qualifications and work to avoid errors on your application.
The Chicago visa lawyers at Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., help clients obtain and renew different types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Contact us to learn about our visa services and how we can help you or your family.