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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Louisville Immigration Attorneys
Our Louisville 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 Louisville 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 Is the O-1 Visa?
The O-1 visa is a temporary work permit for those with extraordinary talents or skills. It's an easy visa to get, but only if the job is set up ahead of time and the person doing the job has special skills that the position needs.
The O-1 visa first appeared in 1990. Special status for exceptional immigrants had been around since 1965, but it was still a slow process. The O-1 gets around some of that by being a temporary work visa, and visa holders can still petition for a permanent green card while they work in the U.S.
What Gets You an O-1 Visa?
The extraordinary ability you need to get an O-1 visa can include any field, such as science, medicine, education, athletics, business, art, and entertainment. However, the people who apply for the
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What Is the Green Card Lottery?
The green card lottery is an annual program where the government awards 50,000 visas to people from diverse backgrounds.
One thing many people don’t realize about getting a green card to live and work in the United States is that not everyone who applies, even with an exceptional application, gets approved. There are only 50,000 green cards available every year to those from other nations whose immigration rates to the U.S. have traditionally been low. These visas are granted through a computer lottery.
The DV, or Diversity Visa, lottery program was first established by the Immigration Act of 1990. The purpose is to favor nations that send the fewest immigrants to the U.S. The official name is the Diversity Immigrant
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What Is Immigration Case Status?
Immigrant case status helps immigration applicants, who already have their United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receipt number, check their immigration status using their 13-digit barcode usually found on the accepted application Form I-797 Receipt Notice. The online portal of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides updated current information on all applications, independent of where they were submitted.
Applicants can check visa applications, petitions, and extension requests using the immigration case status information system. Immigration case status can be checked using the online tool or through the phone, in person, or by email. Different offices handle immigration cases; therefore, the case number will have the corresponding letters before it. You can check your immigration case status at the American Immi
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What Is a U Visa?
When an immigrant is the victim of a serious crime, they're allowed to get a U visa. This lets an immigrant stay in the country. Without it, they'd return to their home country, and American law enforcement officials wouldn't have the information they need to solve the crime. The government created this law in 2000 to convince witnesses to testify.
Recently, the U visa has grown more popular. In 2009, only 10,000 people applied, while 21,000 were on the waiting list. By 2016, 60,000 applicants asked for U visas while 150,000 were stuck on the waiting list. It's a huge problem, since the government gives out only 10,000 U visas each year. The current waiting list of victims approved for a U visa is 78,066.
Because of the huge waiting list, government officials changed the rules for U visa applicants. People now wait in the United States instead of the country they came from. Even though they don't have a U v
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What Is an H-4 Visa?
H-4 visa holders are immediate family members of H-1B visa holders. Most H-4 visa holders are spouses who want to join their partner in a new country. They enjoy many of the benefits of living in the United States, but some limitations exist. That's why an H-1B visa is better.
What Are the Rights of an H-4 Visa Holder?
They can live in the United States on a continuous basis. They can also travel to and from the country as needed. H-4 visa holders can either join their spouse immediately or choose to move to America at a later date. They also have the right to attend college in the United States and may even enjoy discounted tuition.
Who Qualifies for an H-4 Visa?
The only people who qualify are dependents. In the United States, those people are spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21.
How Long Does an H-4 Visa Last?