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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Cleveland Immigration Attorneys
Our Cleveland immigration attorneys & lawyers can help you or your company secure a work visa for business-related matters, such as advising you on obtaining a short-term visa for business trip or a work visa that will allow an employee or executive work within the United States or abroad for an extended period of time.
Some of the types of visas that the Cleveland immigration attorneys on UpCounsel have helped clients obtain include: H-1B visas, which is for temporary employment in specialty occupations, O-1 visas, where an individual possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, L-1, which is for employees of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad, E-2 visa, which is for investors, along with several other popular work visas.
Whether you or your company requires advice on obtaining a work visa for an executive, employee, or foreign national in regards to U.S. immigration or matters abroad such as: visitor visas, employee work visas, legal permanent residence (green cards), investor visas, and citizenship - our immigration attorneys can help you throughout the entire process.
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What Are the Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens?
Visa requirements for U.S. citizens vary depending on which country you plan on visiting. There are over 160 countries that allow U.S. citizens to come as tourists for a limited period of time without needing a visa in your passport. For any international travel, you will be required to have a valid passport.
What Exactly Is a Visa?
A travel visa is a document that shows you are allowed to enter a country that is not your own. It allows you to enter for a specific amount of time and to do a specific thing, such as tour, study, or work. Unless they are part of a waiver program, the U.S. government requires visitors from other countries to get a visa before visiting the U.S.
Visa-Free Countries for U.S. Citizens
There are no visa requirements for U.S. citizens to enter the following countries as long as they are visiting as tourists. However, you should still make sure that you ha
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What Is the Visa Lottery?
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery is a U.S. program that offers green cards to people living in countries with low rates of migration to the States. Winners can receive a green card and move to the U.S. for residency. The program was established in 1990.
Winning the lottery can be a relatively easy way to access a U.S. green card, and for many people, it may be one of the few possible ways of doing so. 55,000 visas are offered every year, as stipulated by section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The program is managed out of the Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
The program is run once a year via the Department of State. It adh
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What Is a Student Visa?
A student visa is a government-issued visa that allows international students to study in a foreign country. In the United States, students can get F1, J1, or M1 visas. The F1 and J1 visas allow students to study and work. The M1 visa only allows them to study. However, the F1 and J1 visas only guarantee employment as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or other on-campus work.
What Types of Student Visas Are There?
The United States government grants three types of student visas.
- The F1 visa is the most common type of student visa. It's given to students attending an academic or English language program. To maintain legal F1 visa status, students must be enrolled full-time. They can also work up to 20 hours a week. After schooling, F1 visa holders
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What Is a U.S. Visa Status?
A U.S. visa status refers to the state of an application made for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa that you can check using the database of the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) Status Check. Alternatively, you can call the National Visa Center at 603-334-0700 to get updates on your visa application status.
To use the Status Check, you need to enter your CEAC barcode and the interview location for nonimmigrant (NIV) cases and the case number for immigrant visa (IV) cases.
A nonimmigrant visa gets issued for people seeking a temporary stay in the United States, such as for business, work, or educational study purposes. Immigrant visas, however, apply to those who seek to live in the United States permanently. The U.S. Offic
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What Is a Visa Number?
A visa number is the unique eight-digit letter and number code found printed in red on a person's United States visa.
A U.S. visa is a travel document issued by the U.S. Department of State to citizens of foreign countries who want to enter the U.S. There are multiple types of visas, such as an immigrant visa and a nonimmigrant visa.
A visa number is also sometimes referred to as a visa foil number. For an immigrant visa, the visa number is the number granted after the application for an immigrant visa is approved. The time between the approval of an immigrant visa and the receipt of the visa number can be years.
What Is a U.S. Visa?
A U.S. visa is a stamp inside a nonimmigrant visitor's passport. An immigrant visa is the granting of permission to reside permanently within the U.S. Approval for an immig