Did you know that the U.S. offers approximately 185 different types of visas? These visas are primarily divided into immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, and within those two major categories are a wide variety of visa options for people seeking to visit or immigrate to the United States. If you or your loved ones are exploring visa options, we invite you to read this overview of visa types and to contact our office for further assistance.
Nonimmigrant visas are granted for a wide variety of purposes, such as business/professional, academic/education, diplomatic, tourism/leisure, relief (for victims of crimes or human trafficking), religious, and others. Nonimmigrant visas are temporary and a desirable option if a person seeks to enter the U.S. for a limited time and purpose. However, some temporary visas allow for a prolonged stay of several years. For example, religious visas can be granted for up to five years and student visas can be granted for several years, as long as necessary to complete an academic degree.
Immigrant visas, also known as green cards or permanent visas, can be family or employment-based or in some special circumstances, based on public interest programs, such as Asylum, U-status, Cuban Adjustment Act, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and others.
While describing the types of visas available is fairly simple, determining which particular visa is best for your situation and the process of obtaining that visa is often confusing and complex. In light of the current global unrest and the U.S. immigration tensions, if you or your loved ones are hoping to obtain a visa of any sort, especially a green card, we strongly recommend seeking professional counsel to advise and accompany you through the process. Please reach out to Castan & Lecca today to take the first step towards your family’s goals and dreams.