Before traveling to the United States, a person from a foreign country is generally required to obtain a non-immigrant visa for a temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The purpose of the travel will dictate the type of visa needed to enter the U.S. At Simon Law Group, our Houston immigration attorneys can help you obtain the proper visa for your specific needs.
Having a U.S. visa allows you to travel to an entry point into the U.S. and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector to enter the U.S. Your visa doesn't guarantee entry into the country, but it does show you received eligibility from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. DHS/CBP inspectors are responsible for letting travelers into the U.S. for a specified time period.
Cases of special immigrants include those that are translators, persons working on behalf of the government, or are part of the Diversity Visa Program. Individuals in this program come from a country that has a low rate of immigration to the U.S. This type of immigrant visa generally requires an approved petition filed with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
For legal assistance with an immigrant visa, please talk to our Houston immigrant visa attorneys about the specifics of your immigration situation.
There are several types of non-immigrant visas, based on the purpose of travel. Examples of non-immigrant visas are those for diplomats, the media, journalists, religious workers, visitors coming for medical treatment, exchange students, tourists, and many other reasons. Also included in this section are travel visas required for extended vacation and other types of trips abroad.
If you need help determining whether you qualify for a non-immigrant or immigrant visa, please contact our Houston immigration office today!