Several steps are involved in obtaining an immigrant visa which allows you to live and work in the United States. If you need help with the application process, you should consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in U.S. immigration law. At the Bolour/Carl Immigration Group, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer has more than 15 years of experience in handling immigrant visas. With our detailed and thorough approach to every immigration case we represent, your application for an immigrant visa will be in competent hands, giving you the best chance for success.
THE IMMIGRANT VISA PROCESS
If you are a foreign citizen who wishes to apply for an immigrant visa, you will need to be sponsored by a family member who is either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident or by your prospective employer. A petition for this purpose will need to be filed with and approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Once it is approved, your next step will be preliminary processing with the Department of State, National Visa Center. This processing consists of payment of appropriate fees, submission of required documents, such as affidavits of support, birth certificates, photographs, and other information, a medical exam by an authorized physician, and an interview with an immigration official.
Those who wish to apply for an immigrant visa must fall in the following categories:
- Sponsored by a family member
- Spouse or fiancé(e) of a U.S. Citizen
- Spouse or fiancé(e) of a lawful permanent resident
- Adoption of a child
- Sponsored by a prospective employer
- Special immigrant for employment purposes, such as translator, working on behalf of the U.S. government, religious worker
- Diversity Visa Program, which provides visa for immigrants from countries with low immigration rates. These immigrants do not need to be sponsored.
For help with the immigrant visa process, we invite you to contact our firm for a consultation about your particular situation.
Contact the Los Angeles immigration attorney at the firm to discuss obtaining your immigrant visa today.