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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Virginia Beach Immigration Attorneys
Our Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach 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 B-1 Visa?
The B-1 visa is the basic visa for business trips within the United States. The B-2 visa is for pleasure visits as well as medical care and visiting relatives, and while the two are usually issued together, they aren't completely the same.
What Specifically Does the B-1 Visa Allow You to Do?
With the B-1 visa, you cannot:
- Operate a business
- Accept a payment from a US-based organization
- Act as a professional athlete or entertainer
- Attend a college, school, seminar, or conference for credits
- Be "gainfully employed," which means accepting any kind of payment for work
There are different visas for each of the above-listed activities.
However, with the B-1 visa, you are allowed to:
- Take part in a research project
- Earn a living from a foreig
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What Is the National Visa Center?
The National Visa Center is the branch that handles all resident immigrant applications after they've been submitted from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). In essence, this office is a processing center for national immigrant visas.
If you're applying for a green card in the United States, you deal with the National Visa Center, or NVC, eventually. The NVC is in Portsmouth, NH, and is part of the Department of State. It handles I-129F, I-130, I-140, I-360, I-526, I-600/A, I-730, and I-800 visa petitions.
How Petitions Are Handled
It can take up to six weeks for a petition to get from the USCIS to the National Visa Cent
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What Is a Visitor Visa?
A visitor visa, also known as a B-2 visa, is a tourist visa required for foreign visitors to the United States. This is a non-immigrant visa solely given for people who plan to visit the U.S. as a tourist, visit family or friends, or seek medical treatment. Non-immigrant visa holders cannot work or accept a job.
Do I Need a Visitor Visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed in the Visa Waiver Program, and you plan to only visit the United States as a tourist, you will not be required to apply for a visitor visa. You will, however, need to apply for an ESTA.
Reasons to Consider a B-2 Visa
If you are a passport holder of a cou
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How Can I Get a Green Card?
Understanding how to get a green card, or permanent residence status, gives you the ability to legally work and live in the United States. It is also a step toward becoming a U.S. citizen. You can apply for a green card through family, an employer, investment, a visa lottery, and through several other means.
Ways to Get a Green Card
There are several ways to get a green card in the United States.
Family Members: If any of the following relatives live in the United States as U.S. citizens or green card holders, they may petition to have you join them.
- Your spouse
- An unmarried child under the age of 21
- An unmarried stepchild under the age of 21
- An adopted child under the age of 18
- A parent or stepparent
- An unmarr
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A Guide to Obtaining an H-1B Visa in the United States
Learn about what an H-1B visa is, who it's for, the requirements, and process for obtaining one to temporarily employ a foreign worker in the U.S.
What is an H-1B Visa?
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant work visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. To work in a specialty occupation field will require a higher education degree (Bachelor degree) or its equivalent. Additionally, foreign degrees and/or work experience may be found to be equivalent to a U.S. bachelor degree.
Simply put, the United States has defined “specialty occupation,” to mean any theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of