If you are interested in coming to the United States to visit, live, work, or do business, then the first step is to determine the visas and immigration opportunities for which you qualify. Please note that you must meet the specific qualifications outlined for the visa for which you would like to apply.
There are many different types of immigration categories, and the main categories they are broken down include:
When many people think of US immigration, they think of legal permanent resident status. In order to obtain a “US Green Card,” or legal permanent residence in the United States, you must meet the requirements and be eligible to receive US permanent resident status.
The most common ways to obtain a US green card are:
- Family Petition
- Investment (of over $1 million)
- Job Offer with Employer willing to sponsor you.
- Extraordinary Ability
There are also opportunities to obtain a green card for what are referred to as “special visa categories.” These include the K visa, or fiancé visa, visas for religious workers, and other specific special circumstances.
Obtaining a green card, or legal permanent resident status, is a direct path to obtaining full U.S. Citizenship.
The requirements for obtaining a green card can be very strict. If you do not qualify for one of the above referenced green card opportunities, then you may qualify for a nonimmigrant or temporary US visa.
There are certain situations where obtaining one of these visas could lead you closer to qualifying for a US green card. An example of this includes applying for and obtaining an E2 investor’s visa and continuing to invest money into the enterprise until the $1 million investment goal for the EB5 visa is met. Another example is obtaining a temporary B visa to visit the United States and begin to research and plan for the creation of a business for the purpose of obtaining an E2 visa.
In order to qualify for a US green card or a US visa, the applicant must submit an application along with proof that they meet all of the criteria for that specific visa. Hiring an experienced US immigration attorney will assist you in deciding which visas you qualify for and, in the event that you qualify for more than one visa, which option is best for your specific situation.
If you believe that you qualify for any type of US immigration, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s immigration and international attorneys today.