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VISAS

Temporary Visas

  • B-1 Visas - Business visitors.

  • B-2 Visas - Visitors for tourism or medical treatment.

  • F-1 Visas - Academic or language students.

  • J-1 Visas - Exchange visitors coming to the U.S. to study, work, or train as part of an exchange program officially recognized by the U.S. Information Agency.

  • K-1 Visas - Fiances or fiancees of U.S. citizens coming to the U.S. for the purpose of getting married.

  • Q-1 Visas - Exchange visitors coming to the U.S. to participate in international cultural exchange programs.

Visa Waiver Program

Permanent Visas

  • Overview - Employment Based Immigrant Visas

  • Green Card for Physicians in Underserved Areas

  • Green Card: EB-1

  • Green Card: EB-2

  • Green Card: EB-3 for Workers

  • Green Card: EB-3 for Nurses & Physical Therapists

  • Green Card: EB-2 National Interest Waivers (NIW)

  • Green Card: EB-5 Investment

PERM: Permanent Labor Certification Processing Times

 

The Diversity Visa Lottery

 

The Diversity Visa Lottery also known as the Green Card Lottery is a congressionally-mandated program that takes place once a year and makes 55,000 Permanent Resident cards available to persons from what the government considers to be “underrepresented countries,” and who meet two basic eligibility requirements. The Program makes Permanent Resident Cards available to the winners, authorizing the winners and their families to live, study and work in the United States of America as permanent residents.

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WAIVERS

 

Waivers are use to help individuals overcome the obstacle of inadmissibility when attempting to come to the United States. To be inadmissible means that the applicant is not allowed to stay or enter the United States lawfully. This issue appears at the time an individual applies for an immigration benefit, such as a visa or changing of status. Only some individuals who are not permitted by law to enter or stay in the United States are able to qualify for a waiver. 

Common basis for inadmissibility are: unlawful presence, health related reasons, criminal background, and fraud or misrepresentation

 

In order to qualify for some waivers, the applicant must show that the qualifying relative will suffer extreme hardship. Extreme hardship is not one sole issue but a combination of issues that can worsen an already difficult situation.  Some examples of factors to consider in order to prove if the qualifying relative will be suffering an extreme hardship are as follows:

 

Health Issues: Specialized treatment or a medical condition that requires constant medical attention for a physical or metal condition. The availability and quality of such treatments in the applicant’s home country, the duration and whether it would be short or long term is another factor. 

 

Financial hardship:  Ability to secure future employment; decline in standard of living; cost of future relocation, cost of educations or other special needs. Cost of care for elderly or special needs family members, etc.

Education: Availability or loss of opportunity for higher education; limited educational options, requirement to educate in a foreign language.

 

Special considerations: Relatives in the United States and/or in the applicant’s home country. Potential separation from spouse/children; length of residency; community ties in the United States. Age of the parties, cultural, language, religious, or gender issues.