Immigration Green Card, Visa and Waiver Basics
Whether you plan to come to the United States for a short visit or a permanent stay, your first step is to apply for a visa. Since El Paso sits on the border of two nations, we experience a high number of immigrants transferring to our nation and city for various reasons. Either way, people seeking to come to the U.S. either temporarily or permanently, must determine eligibility within three common categories such as: permanent residence (green card) or temporary stay (non-immigrant visa) or waiver visa (an exception). Applicants must submit proper documentation either by themselves or through an immigration law firm in El Paso, TX such as the law office of Lopez & Associates.
First off, a green card is for those pursuing permanent residency within our country. Green card holders can live and work in the U.S. and travel in and out, with very few restrictions (although they can’t vote, and can be deported if they abuse their status). Second, is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa which is for individuals seeking a limited amount of time within the U.S. border. This lets them participate in specific activities, such as studying, visiting, or working until their visa runs out. Students and businesspeople make up the largest groups of nonimmigrant visa holders. Nonimmigrant visas are also issued for tourists, exchange visitors, and workers with some kind of specialty that is lacking in the U.S. workforce. Finally, a waiver visa allows a person the opportunity to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days for business or pleasure. However, it will be necessary to present a machine-readable passport. Be aware that the ease of this exception visa allows for an easier process of having a person removed. Any disputes concerning green cards, temporary visas and waiver visas can be brought to an immigration law firm in El Paso, TX to settle legal complications quickly.
For more information on an El Paso immigration law firm in El Paso, TX, then contact the law office of Lopez & Associates today at (915) 996-9070 or stop by our office currently located at 915 Huckleberry El Paso, Texas 79903.