Colorado Springs Immigration Attorneys & Lawyers
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Laureen Anderson Stepanek
Colorado Springs Immigration Lawyers
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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Colorado Springs Immigration Attorneys
Our Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs 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
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What Is a CEAC Visa Status?
The Consular Electronic Applications Center (CEAC) allows foreign individuals and their legal representatives to check the status of U.S. visa applications online. This system is also used to make payments for applications, submit and check files and documents, such as the DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) and DS-260 forms through the site linked to the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
Following the application confirmation, the barcode on the DS-260 or DS-261 forms can be used to track the progress. The CEAC system allows applicants to get updates on their petition any time of the day.
The CEAC visa status check site is a global service allowing applicants of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to check the progress of their case. It is accessible from anywhere, and all petitions are in the database, independent of where these petitions originated.
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What is an H-1B Visa?
An H-1B visa allows a foreign worker in a specialized field to emigrate and work in the United States temporarily. The U.S. is always looking for workers with special skills. This visa allows them to work in their field for a temporarily. H-1B visas last for six years. Extensions are available if the visa holder is trying to become a resident and receive a Green Card based on employment. The ability to apply for a Green Card while holding an H-1B visa is known as dual intent.
The U.S. limits the number of H-1B visas issued each year. Only 85,000 are awarded each fiscal year. Of these, 20,000 are set aside for people who have a master’s degree or higher.
Basic H-1B Information
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What Is an EB-5 Visa?
The EB-5 visa is an investment-based visa for foreign investors who are willing to create at least 10 jobs in the United States and contribute at least $500,000 (in a regional center) or $1 million (in any location in the United States) toward creating a new U.S. business. Congress introduced the EB-5 program to attract foreign investment, increase job creation, and stimulate the U.S. economy.
The EB-5 visa allows foreign citizens to gain a Green Card immediately after entry to the United States for themselves and their accompanying family members. The main condition of being accepted for an EB-5 visa is to make an at-risk investment into a business that directly or indirectly contributes toward creating U.S. jobs. The minimum investment is $1 million, but the amount is reduced to $500,000 for "targeted
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What Is a Green Card Marriage?
A green card marriage is when a foreign citizen marries a U.S. citizen. When a foreign citizen marries a U.S. citizen, they can receive a green card or permanent resident status in the U.S. There are many steps and checks taken by the U.S. government to make sure the marriage is legal prior to the foreign national receiving a green card.
Green Card Through Marriage Application
Permanent residents and U.S. citizens can sponsor their spouse through a petition or application for a green card. Both spouses must be eligible to receive approval.
The process by which the application takes place is dependent upon whether the green card sponsor is put forth by the U.S. citizen or a green card holder.
The process through which to receive their green card