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Different Types Of Visas

Different Types Of Visas

A visa is a form of photo identification that is actually issued outside the United States. It allows you to enter the U.S. on either a temporary or a permanent basis. There are different types of visas but two primary kinds. The first is a permanent resident visa, also called an immigrant visa, and popularly referred to a green card. It allows a party to live and work inside the U.S. for an indefinite period of time. The other major type of visa is a non-immigrant visa. It allows a person to live and/or work on a temporary basis within the U.S.

If you apply for a visa while inside the United States, you can receive the status of a non-immigrant. However, you do not receive a visa. Additionally, only a visa gives a person the right to enter the U.S. So, by way of further illustration and explanation, if you seek to travel outside of the United States with a valid status, you still have to reapply for a visa if you want to reenter the U.S. after the conclusion of your travel outside the country.

How Do You Get A U.S. Visa

There are several ways to get a U.S. visa. The most prevalent way is through the sponsorship of a U.S.-based employer or a family member who is a citizen of the United States, often through marriage to a U.S. citizen. A majority of work-related visas mandate that you have a firm job offer, at a minimum, with a U.S. company before you qualify to apply for the visa. This type of visa is typically sought by highly skilled professional workers. It is important to know the various types of visas and which one is most suitable to your situation before beginning the application process.

Why Hire An Immigration Lawyer

Immigration law can be complex and challenging for many people to navigate. This is especially true in making the determination as to which type of visa is most appropriate to a person’s living, employment and/or travel situations. Using an immigration lawyer can save an applicant time and money by making sure that the individual seeks the right visa and applies for it correctly—the first time.

The process can be cumbersome and detailed. An immigration attorney can ensure that a visa application is completed accurately and is as thorough and detailed as possible. Delays or rejection can result from submission of incomplete or partial applications. These delays also cost the applicant time and money.