USA immigration assistance continues to be of vital importance for citizens of many countries of the world. Not too many ways of U.S. legal immigration exist. However, some of them do. There are two paths available: Direct Immigration and Indirect Immigration.

Direct immigration

Immigration visas are issued only at the U.S. embassy. In most cases, it is done on the basis of (Alien Relative) Petition from relatives who are U.S. citizens and in the event of winning the Green Card lottery.

But, if you are lucky enough to win the Green Card lottery, this does not mean you will automatically get a U.S. visa. You will have to pass an interview at the U.S. embassy where you must make a case for the following:

  • Sufficient level of education and work experience.
  • Possession of certain funds required to begin living in the USA.
  • Having a job offer from the U.S. employer.

There are also immigrant visas for businessmen (EB-1C), investors (EB-5), people with advanced education and work experience (EB-2, EB-3), individuals with extraordinary abilities (NIW) and others.

Indirect immigration

The sense of indirect immigration is that you come to the USA, but not on an immigrant visa. While there, you change your status for the immigration. Such a way is lengthier and requires more expenses. It is the only way of immigration to the USA for many people. There are several ways of getting into the USA with the purpose of changing immigrant status, which subsequently lead to immigration status:

GREEN CARD

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) distinguish nine categories of Green Card applicants, some of whom are immediately eligible for Green Cards, while others must wait until an immigrant visa is available.

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ASYLUM

Asylum is a form of protection granted to individuals in the United States who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted in their home countries on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

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FOR VICTIMS OF CERTAIN CRIMES

The U visa is a nonimmigrant visa for victims of certain crimes committed in the United States who cooperate with authorities in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

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RETURNING RESIDENT STATUS

A former immigrant who has lost U.S. resident status and desires to return to the United States must do so using a new immigrant visa based on either an approved immigrant petition or returning resident status.

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R-1 VISA FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES

Having arrived in the USA on a religious visa and stayed there for some time, you may apply to immigration service with a request to obtain permanent residence based on “special immigrant” category.

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Family Immigration

Our goal at Pidgeon Attorney at Law P.S. is to bring families together as quickly as possible. We have experience helping clients in the following immigration situations.

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VISA FOR FIANCE

Having entered into the USA on a fiancé visa, you must marry within three months (validity of visa). Then you submit a petition and acquire conditional permanent residence status.

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WORK VISA

Many foreign nationals want to work in the United States. Although U.S. jobs usually start off as temporary, U.S. employment can often lead to a green card (U.S. permanent residency).

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EB5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR VISA

The EB5 visa is a way to get a green card (permanent residency) through investment in the U.S. The EB-5 investor visa program enables foreigners who make an investment in a U.S. business to obtain a green card and become lawful permanent residents.

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O-1 VISA FOR INDIVIDUALS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY

The O-1 visa is for the individual who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.

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E2 TREATY INVESTOR VISA

The E visa category includes treaty traders and investors who come to the United States under a treaty of commerce and navigation between the United States and the country of which they are a citizen or national.

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H-1B VISA FOR SPECIALTY WORKERS

The H1B visa classification permits a foreign national to work in the United States for a temporary period. It is available for offers of employment that are in a specialty occupation.

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