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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Independence Immigration Attorneys
Our Independence 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 Independence 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 B1 and B2 Visas?
The B1 and B2 visas are for visitors who travel to America and plan to go back to their home country afterward. They are good for short-term visits of up to one year. Specifically, the B1 visa is for business visits while the B2 visa is for pleasure, tourism, and medical visits. However, since many people wind up doing both, the two visas are often issued together as a joint B1/B2 visa. This means you can visit the country several times on both business trips and vacations if you want, and you won't have to worry about the details. There are no quotas or limits to the number of B1/B2 visas issued every year.
What Can You Do With a B1/B2 Visa?
While you can conduct business with a B1/B2 visa, it's important to remember there are certain things you can't do, since you need other visas to have permission to do them. Here is what you can do with a B1/B2 visa:
- Hire and fire a staff
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What is a US Visa Application?
A U.S. visa application is a process that allows you to enter the United States for a set amount of time. Any foreign person who wishes to visit the United States needs to complete a U.S. visa application. If your application is confirmed, you can legally enter the country. Your stay in the U.S. depends on the length of your visa. There are many different types of visas. However, the application process is generally the same across all types. Learning about the type of visa you need is the most important part of the application process.
Benefits of a US Visa Application
The benefit of a U.S. visa application is that it allows you to legally enter the United States. This can be for a vacation, a temporary job, or relocation from another country. If you want to enter the U.S. for any reason, you need to co
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What is an EAD Card?
An Employee Authorization Document, or EAD Card, gives a person from another country legal authorization to work in the United States. Those who might need to obtain EAD cards include refugees, U non-immigrants, and those seeking asylum from other countries.
If an individual has a pending application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal (form I-589), or to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (form I-485), he or she may also need to apply for an EAD card. It is also necessary to apply if a person is an immigrant but under a status that doesn't allow for employment. Examples include F-1 and M-1 students.
Lawful permanent residents do not need to apply for EAD cards. The green card, also referred to as form I-551 or the
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What is Your National Visa Center Case Status?
Your National Visa Center case status is the status of your visa petition or application at the National Visa Center.
What is the National Visa Center?
The National Visa Center processes all approved immigrant visa petitions. The National Visa Center also processes K-1 visa applications for fiancees and K-3 visa applications for the nonimmigrant spouses of U.S. citizens.
Visa petitions are first submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security. Once the immigrant visa petition has been approved, it is sent to the National Visa Center. The National Visa Center holds o
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What Is the H1 Visa?
The H1 visa is a work permit visa that lets foreign nationals with special skills and education work in the United States. It's not a green card visa that will let you stay indefinitely, but it can last for up to six years. H1 visas are popular because they are easier to get than green cards.
Every H1 visa issued today is an H1B. There have been H1A and H1C visas in the past, but both were special cases created to fight nursing shortages and both are now out of use. However, you can still get a special H1B1 if you're a Chilean or Singapore national.
How Do You Get an H1B Visa?
The H1B visa is specifically for skilled people who want to work in the United States. As such, the minimum requirement is a bachelor's degree or an equal amount of education and work experience. Immigration officers usually consider three years of