The United States immigration laws provide for numerous methods of entry into the United States for nonimmigrants. A nonimmigrant visa is appropriate where the person seeks entry into the United States for a temporary period of time and whose activities while in the United States will be restricted. The United States immigration laws provide for several categories of visas for non-immigrants.
Generally, a nonimmigrant is required to represent to an immigration officer that the applicant intends to remain in the United States temporarily. Jarrett & Price, LLC can assist you in petitioning and obtaining the following types of non-immigrant visas:
B Visas – Visitor Visas
- B-1 Business Visitor: This visa is an option for a person who desires to enter the United States for a limited time for the purpose of undertaking a commercial transaction or attending certain types of conventions. A B-1 visa applicant must show a clear intention to continue to maintain a foreign residence and that the applicant plans to engage in while in the United States is a legitimate commercial or professional activity. A B-1 visa holder is not permitted to engage in “employment” inside the United States.
- B-2 Pleasure or Tourism Visitor: This visa is appropriate for a person who desires to enter the United States temporarily for pleasure. A for pleasure visit may including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, and activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature. A B-2 visa holder is not permitted to work in the United States during his or her visit.
- E-1/E-2 Treaty Visas: The E-1, treaty trader visa, and the E-2, treaty investor visa, are for nationals of a country with which the U.S. maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation. The E-1 visa applicant must be coming to the U.S. to carry on trade of a substantial nature, which is international in scope and principally between the U.S. and the foreign state of which the applicant is a national. The E-2 visa applicant must be coming the the U.S. solely to develop who is coming to the U.S. to carry on substantial trade, including trade in services or technology, principally between the U.S. and the treaty country, or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested, or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital, under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Student and Scholar Visas
- F-1 Student Visas: The F-1 Visa is for persons desiring to come to the United States temporarily to study at an educational institution. The student applicant must show an intent to temporarily enter the United States solely for the purpose of pursuing a course of study. Family members may accompany an F-1 visa holder on an F-2 visa. An F-1 holder may be eligible to extend the stay in the United States if the timely completion of the course of study is not possible.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visas: This visa is appropriate for certain professors and scholars, trainees and interns; college and university students; teachers; secondary school students; nonacademic specialists; foreign physicians; international visitors; government visitors; camp counselors; au pair; or summer student in a travel or work program. These visas require that the applicant show sufficient funds for support while in the United States and the applicant must be fluent in English. The applicant must maintain a sufficient level of medical coverage to cover the applicant and any family members accompanying the J applicant. A J-1 applicant must show that the applicant has a foreign residence.
H-Visas – Specialty Occupations, agricultural workers, and seasonal workers
- H-1B Visas: This visa is appropriate for a person who is in a specialty occupation. The term “specialty occupation” encompasses many occupations and skill sets. The petitioner for an H-1B visa must be a U.S. employer. There is a cap on the number of H-1B visas per year and the cap is filled in the order that the petitions were filed. H-1B permits its holder to be employed within the United States.
- H-2A/H-2B Visas: H-2A visas are for agricultural workers and H-2B visas are for temporary and seasonal workers. The employer must show that there are insufficient workers who are able, willing,qualified, and available to perform the work.
- L-1A/L-1B Visas: L-1 visas are for persons who, within 3 years prior to filing a petition, was employed abroad continuously for 12 months by a parent, branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of the U.S. petitioning company. Issuance of an L-1A visa requires that the applicant must continue to work in a managerial or executive capacity. Issuance of an L-1B visas requires that the applicant continue to work in a position utilizing specialized knowledge.
Canadian and Mexican Nationals Engaged in Professional Activities
- TN Category Visas: This visa is for Canadian and Mexican citizens engaged in activities at a professional level. TN visas general cover broader ranges of jobs than the H-1B visa and, unlike the H-1B visa, the applicant must prove nonimmigrant intent.
Extraordinary Ability Visas
- O-1 Visas: O-1A visas are for people having extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and the applicant has received sustained national or international acclaim. O-1B visas are for persons having demonstrated extraordinary achievement in motion picture or TV production. O-2 visas are for certain persons accompanying the O-1 artist or athlete. O-3 visas are for spouses and children of O-1 visa holders.
Visas for Victims of Trafficking
- T Visas: This visa category is for persons who have been victims of “severe trafficking” as defined by Title 22 of the United States Code. The T visa applicant must be present in the United States, comply with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation of such trafficking, unless the applicant is unable to cooperate due to physical or psychological trauma, or the victim is under 18, and would suffer extreme hardship if removed from the United States.
Special Immigrant Visas
- Iraqi/Afghani Special Immigrant Visas: This visa type is for individuals who assist the United States government or Coalition Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan who face possible persecution as a result of their faithful service.
There are many other visa categories that Jarrett & Price, LLC can assist you in obtaining. Please contact us at 912-401-8880 or by using the contact form below. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your case.