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Visa Types

Published on August 28th, 2017

The Unites States offer visas to non-citizens to enter and temporarily or permanently stay in the country. The purpose of entry and other factors will affect what kind of U.S. visa you apply for. Visas come in two major categories, with about 185 types within those them. A Chicago immigration lawyer will help you understand which of those 185 types you are best suited for and aide you in the application process.

When you apply for a U.S. visa, your application will go through an extensive evaluation process conducted by a consular officer to determine whether or not you are eligible for approval based on visa and immigration law. During this process the consular officer will also determine which visa category is appropriate according to your intention of stay. Below are the two main U.S. visa categories, and some of their more common subtypes.

Nonimmigrant Visa

A nonimmigrant visa is granted to those with the purpose of temporary travel. This person has permanent residence outside the United States but wishes to be in the U.S. for a temporary period of time for personal, professional, or educational reasons. The visa categories listed below are just a few of the nonimmigrant visa types that the United States frequently grants.

  • Athlete, amateur or professional
  • Business visitor
  • Student, academic or vocational
  • Diplomat or foreign government official
  • Visitor for medical treatment
  • Tourism

 Immigrant Visa

An immigrant visa is granted to those who have the intention of permanent stay in the United States. This type of visa is meant for different reasons of immigrating to the U.S. The visa serves as a temporary allowance of stay until citizenship is granted. Below are some of the common immigrant visa categories people apply for.

  • Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
  • Fiance to marry a U.S. Citizen & live in the U.S.
  • Certain family members of U.S. Citizens
  • Employment-based immigrants
  • Diversity immigrant visa
  • Returning resident

Applying for a United States visa is a complicated process. This process is made more complicated and difficult if you are seeking an immigrant visa. Seeking legal guidance from an experienced Chicago immigration lawyer will help your application process. Contact a Chicago immigration lawyer at Din Law LLC to get the legal help you need.