Whether you wish to come to the United States to reunite with family members or you want to work here on a temporary or permanent basis, you are likely to find federal immigration laws and procedures complex and confounding. If you are trying to obtain a visa for yourself or a member of your family, it can be difficult to figure out the right steps to take. At John Boneta and Associates, PLLC, in Falls Church, we understand the intricacies of immigration law and guide clients throughout Arlington and Fairfax counties through the process of gaining family-sponsored immigration, green cards, and immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
The U.S. government issues two primary types of visas:
While there is currently no limit on the number of nonimmigrant temporary visas issued, there are several requirements which must be met, depending on the type of visa sought.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State work together in processing visa applications at different stages. Near the end of the process, the applicant must undergo an interview to determine whether it is in the best interests of the United States to grant a visa to him or her. We will guide you through the application process for all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, including sponsorship requirements and interview preparation.
The process of obtaining an immigration visa for a family member involves many stages and the fulfillment of certain requirements. The U.S. government sets limits on the number of permanent resident visas granted each year for most types of applicants, so to have the best chance of success, it is important to follow procedures correctly.
Visa applications are given preference based on the status of the person petitioning on behalf of an immigrant and the petitioner’s relationship to the immigrant. U.S. citizens seeking visas on behalf of immediate family members (spouses, parents and minor children) have first preference, and these applications are not subject to numerical quotas.
Visas for other family categories are limited in number. These categories include (in order of preference):
All those seeking immigrant visas on the basis of a family connection must have a sponsor willing to pledge support. When you work with our firm, you can count on our help at each stage of the process, from filling out the Affidavit of Support and other required forms to preparing you for your interview.
Status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States entitles an immigrant to work here and obtain other benefits, including the ability to file an immigrant petition for immediate family members. LPR status is sometimes referred to as having a “green card” because the government used to issue green identification cards to foreign nationals who became permanent residents.
Obtaining LPR status can be difficult, and the requirements and procedures differ depending on whether the visa is sought on the basis of a family connection, employment, or other grounds. Our familiarity with immigration law and our determination to help you achieve your dream of residing permanently in the United States enable us to help resolve any difficulties you may face.
Whether you are just starting a visa application or are in the midst of the process and have encountered a problem, the experienced attorneys at John Boneta and Associates, PLLC can help. For a free consultation, call our Falls Church office at 703-536-6166 or contact us online.