Many residents of Lombard are foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the United States lawfully. There are many ways to obtain a visa, and it is important to find a strategy that is best for your specific situation. Having a lawful visa is the first step toward obtaining a permanent immigration status (such as a green card or citizenship). You will need a family member or employer to sponsor your visa. You will also need to apply for the right type of visa to avoid unnecessary delays. By working with Lombard immigration lawyers, you will be able to find the best method of meeting your immigration goals in the fastest way possible.
Citizens of the United States can sponsor certain family members for immediate relative visas or family preference visas. Immediate relative visas are available only to spouses, parents, and children of the sponsor. Because it is harder to qualify, the number of these visas is not limited each fiscal year. Family preference visas are limited by an annual quota, but they are also available to siblings of the sponsor. The requirements are different for each category of visa, so it is important to apply for the visa that is right for your particular situation. Both the sponsor and sponsored family members must meet eligibility requirements.
Permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) can also sponsor family members. This is, however, limited to only spouses and unmarried children of the sponsor. They are also limited to only family preference visas, which means the visa will be subject to annual quotas. Be sure you meet all legal requirements before applying for this type of visa.
There are many different types of business and employment visas. Temporary visitors may need only a B-1 business visitor visa. Some may even qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. Conducting any type of business in the United States can trigger visa requirements, so be sure you check with an immigration attorney before entering the United States to conduct business of any kind.
Employment visas require an employer to sponsor the foreign national employee. Only 140,000 employment visas are made available every year. There are five different preference categories, and each carries different requirements. Some allow for longer visas and have different employer certification requirements. Applying in the wrong preference category can delay your visa, so it is important to be sure your application is filed correctly from the start.
At Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan, our immigration lawyers have experience handling a wide range of immigration issues. Whether you are looking for a visa, permanent residency, or citizenship, we can help develop the best immigration strategy for your particular case. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. Don’t delay – the sooner you start working toward your preferred immigration status, the sooner you will work through the lengthy immigration process.