ICU Immigration service center have the biggest
collection visas of immigration and naturalization cases. Generally, the citizen
of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a
visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for
permanent residence. Non-immigrant visas, unlike immigrant visas, allow a person
to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time and are restricted to the
activity consistent with the visa.
B visa for visitors
The visitor visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United
States temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure or medical treatment
(B-2). A B-1 visa is available to foreigners visiting the United States to
conduct business. A B-2 visa is available for foreign persons visiting the
United States for pleasure. Citizens of certain countries are exempt for 90 days
under the Visa Waiver Program.
E visa for traders/investors
E visas are issued pursuant to bilateral treaties of friendship, commerce, and
navigation between the United States and various countries. The E-1
classification is authorized for a national of a country with which the United
States has a commercial treaty, who is coming to the U.S. solely to engage in
trade of a substantial nature principally between the U.S. and the applicant's
country of nationality.
The E-2 classification is authorized for a national of a country with which the
United States has a commercial treaty, who is coming to the United States solely
to direct and develop the operations of an enterprise in which he or she has
invested, or is actively involved in the process of investing a substantial
amount of capital.
F visa for students
The Immigration and Nationality Act provides two nonimmigrant visa categories
for persons wishing to study in the United States. The "F" visa is reserved for
non immigrants wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training
programs, and the "M" visa is reserved for non immigrants wishing to pursue
nonacademic or vocational studies.
J visas for Exchange Program Participants
A J-1 visa is issued to applicants who have been accepted to participate in
exchange visitor programs designated by the United States Information Agency
("USIA"). This may include students, scholars, trainees, teachers, professors,
specialists, foreign medical graduates, international visitors, government
visitors, camp counselors, au pairs, and participants in summer travel/work
K visas for FiancÚs
FiancÚs wishing to visit or live with their respective partners will need a K-1
visa that enables them to receive the proper authorization to remain in the
United States based on their social status. K-1 visas are usually
straightforward and simple to obtain provided there is proof of the
L visas for Transferee Employees
Global multinational corporations are constantly transferring their staff from
abroad to their U.S. workplaces. The L category allows the transfer of key
employees to the U.S. from affiliated companies abroad for temporary periods. To
qualify, the applicant must be working in a capacity as a manager, executive
(L-1A) or in a position that requires specialized knowledge (L-1B).
H visas for Professional Employees
The H-1B visa is for workers in specialty occupations. Examples of specialty
occupations are professional positions in the fields of Architecture, Computers,
Engineering, Mathematics, Physical sciences, Medicine, Education, Business,
Accounting, Law, and the Arts. Generally, the H-1B visa is available for those
workers who have a bachelor's degree in a technical field who will be working in
a technical position that requires an undergraduate degree. Individuals who do
not have an undergraduate degree may utilize their experience (at least 12 years
experience in the specialty field) to compensate for any years unfinished in
their undergraduate education.
TN visas for Canadians and Mexicans
The TN visas are also temporary work visas. The TN status is for Canadians and
Mexican persons engaged in activities at a professional level. This category is
similar to the H-1B except there is no statutory limitation on stay such as
exists for Hs and Ls, and it generally covers a broader range of occupations.
The applicant must fit within a specific group of professional occupations
listed in NAFTA (e.g. lawyers, biologists, accountants, interior designers). In
almost all cases, a degree or license is required.