A person can immigrate legally to the United States in a more than one way. A few of the ways that someone can legally immigrate include investing in a business, having a qualifying family member petition for them, coming to the United States to study, or having a company sponsor them through employment.

Which Factors In Granting Immigration Status Are Considered by US Citizenship and Immigration Services?

There are several different paths to immigrating and living in the United States, either permanently or temporarily, and each different path will set different requirements that applicants must meet. No matter which immigration path you choose to follow to immigrate to the US, USCIS is going to make sure that the requirements are met. In addition to making sure that applicants meet the requirements for their specific visa, USCIS will also consider any previous US status and entry violations, and an applicant’s criminal record.

Are There Any Differences Between Being A US Citizen, A Permanent Resident, And Holding A Visa?

Visas are granted for specific purposes to enter the United States. For example, a visitor’s visa will allow you to enter the United States for a vacation, but does not allow you any other rights, including the right to work. This is essentially the opposite of a work visa, which would allow you to enter the US, with restrictions, while you work for a specific employer. Overall, individuals can enter the United States for a specific purpose with a visa, for a set amount of time.

Individuals can live in the United States indefinitely through permanent residency, for as long as you renew your status. This is sometimes known as holding a Green Card. With the exception of voting, a Green Card holder in the United States has several privileges. Additionally, if a Green Card holder violates any conditions of their permanent residency, such as being convicted of a crime, they can be asked to leave the US. Unlike a Permanent Resident, US Citizens have the right to vote and cannot be asked to leave the US for any reason.

To Begin The Immigration Process, What Initial Steps Need To Be Taken?

I often see people in my office who have come to the United States and want to stay, but are unsure of the process for doing so. We look at each case individually, because of the uniqueness of each situation. We start by looking for any relatives, including parents, who may be citizens, as clients could potentially have derivative citizenship. We also look at the highest level of education they have received, and if they could potentially be sponsored by a company. Are they eligible, based on their home country, to invest in a business here in the United States? If they returned to their home country, could they potentially be persecuted for any reason? We evaluate a large number of factors, in order to determine the right course for each of our clients.

Does Initiating The Immigration Process Require An Attorney?

Because the immigration process is heavily dependent on the law, you should always consider working with a professional. Think about it this way—would you try to fix your car yourself if something happened to it? No, you would take it to a repair shop, so that someone who knows how to fix cars can do it. The same is true for the law. In order to get the best outcome for your case, it is best that you contact an attorney who has seen and handled similar situations before.

After Initiating The Immigration Process, What Steps Come Next?

Clients meet with me for the first time when they are at different states in the process of immigrating to the US. Some clients were originally here on a tourist visa, but fell in love with the US and do not know how they might be able to stay. Others are interested in making investments here.

If clients want to open a business, it becomes important to start putting together the necessary documents for a first meeting with your attorney. At the end of our initial consultation, I will let my clients know what documents they will need in order to pursue their best method of immigrating to the United States.

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