Other than by seeking political asylum, lawful permanent residence (the “green card”) is obtained through family relationship or occupation. These two primary immigration methods are outlined briefly below.
Non-immigrant visas are issued for the specific purpose of the foreign national’s temporary visit. Many of these visas require a petition to be filed and approved by the Immigration & Naturalization Service in the United States before the consular officer can issue the visa. The difficulty or ease with which a visa is issued is determined by the visa category, and at times, the economic and political conditions of the foreign national’s home country. Following is a list of the Non-Immigrant Visa categories and links to their descriptions:
- B-1 – BUSINESS VISITOR
- B-2 – TOURIST VISA
- E-1 – TREATY TRADER
- E-2 – TREATY INVESTOR
- F-1 – STUDENT VISA
- H-1B – SPECIALTY OCCUPATION
- H-2 – TEMPORARY WORKER
- J-1 – PHYSICIANS WAIVER
- L-1 – INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFEREE
- P-1 – PERFORMING ARTISTS & ATHLETES
- TN – Treaty NAFTA
- OTHER NON-IMMIGRANT VISAS
Naturalization is the process by which a foreign national becomes a citizen of the United States. Learn about the advantages, requirements and limitations of naturalization here.
For a private consultation, contact Haynes Immigration Law, P.C. Call 210-222-VISA (8472) or email Jon M. Haynes directly at: . Credit card payments are accepted.