Frequently Asked Questions

In general, the USA Visa Consultant procedure starts with an evaluation by our group of consultants of the client’s relevant details to find the best US visa option(s) to match the client’s personal profile. Clients who are evaluated as likely to meet the criteria to apply for one or more US visas will be offered guidance from our team of consultants to help make the rest of the procedure as fast and easy as possible for them. Generally, a petition must be filed with, and approved by, the USCIS government agency (a qualifying offer of US employment and/or favorable labor certification may be required prior to filing the petition). After the petition is approved, the relevant visa application must be filed with the US State Department and an interview will need to be scheduled at the embassy or consulate in the foreign worker’s country of residence. Before the consular interview takes place, security checks, medical exams, and other procedures need to be completed and the US visa application fee must be paid. If approved, the consular official will stamp the relevant US visa inside the applicant’s passport. Please note that this is a general overview of the procedure, which will vary depending on the US visa type and the foreign worker’s unique factors. More specific details about the procedure to apply for a particular US visa can be provided by our group of consultants following the assessment.

Only you and your family can answer this question, based on your own reasons. You should know, however, that the United States is the top destination for immigrants from every region of the world. For example, approximately one-million foreign nationals relocate to the United States each year through different US visa programs. The USA also has the largest number of immigrants (around 43-45 million) of any country on Earth. There are good reasons why millions of people from various backgrounds are moving to America. The United States has the #1 economy in the world and sustained economic growth has been producing an average of 160,000 new jobs in the USA each month. Nonetheless, there are 7.1 million US jobs that remain vacant, because there are not enough workers to fill them all. America is a land of endless opportunities for immigrants, who have started a large percentage of new businesses in the US and achieved success in every sector of society. The highly-rated US education system can also give immigrants and their children access to good career options. Many men and women relocate to the United States in search of freedom, equality, prosperity, and a better future for themselves and their children. What is your American Dream? Why do you want to relocate to the United States?

Yes! The growing American economy has been creating approximately 160,000 new jobs in the USA each month; yet, the Labor Department recently reported that there are more than 7.1 million US jobs that are unfilled, because there are not enough workers available in the United States (which has a very low unemployment rate). Thus, employers across the country are seeking foreign workers to fill US job vacancies, particularly in the technology sector and construction industry, among other areas of the economy and in a range of occupations. If you have been thinking about living and working in the United States, this is a good time to apply for a US work visa!

A foreign national who is living in the USA with a temporary resident visa and who also meets certain eligibility requirements may be able to apply for adjustment of status from temporary resident to permanent resident and receive a Green Card.

Yes! Non-immigrant temporary work visas to the USA usually have an option for the legally married spouse (opposite sex or same sex) and unmarried children under 21 years of age to receive the relevant non-immigrant US visa for family members so they can relocate to the United States to live with the foreign worker. The eligible family members (i.e., legally married spouse and unmarried children under 21-years-old) of a foreign worker who is granted a United States Permanent Resident Green Card can also receive a Green Card to live, study and work in the US long-term. The foreign worker and his/her family members who will relocate to the United States will, of course, have to meet all of the relevant eligibility criteria (for example, security background check, medical exam, etc.). Any minor children under 18 years of age will also need to be legally permitted to relocate to the United States (for example, if there is a custody issue).

In general, a favorable labor certification issued by the US Department of Labor is sometimes required before the petition (requesting permission to bring a foreign worker to the United States) can be filed with the USCIS government agency. Two key components of a favorable labor certification basically declare that there are no qualified American workers available and willing to fill the US job opening, and the wages of American workers will not be harmed by bringing in a foreign worker for that position.

Many of the US work visa programs require that a petition be filed with the USCIS government agency requesting permission to allow a foreign worker to relocate to the United States for a particular purpose. In such cases, the USCIS agency must approve the petition before the relevant visa application can be submitted to the US State Department at the embassy or consulate. A sponsoring employer in the United States will normally file the petition, but some US visa types allow the foreign worker to file the petition. In some cases, a favorable labor certification may need to be obtained from the US Department of Labor before the petition can be filed, basically stating that there are no qualified American workers available and willing to fill the US job opening and that the wages of American workers will not be harmed by bringing in a foreign worker for the position. Particular petitions are filed for specific US visa types. An example of a petition that is commonly filed to bring foreign workers to the United States is the Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker), but there are other petitions as well.

A non-immigrant temporary work visa to the USA is stamped on a page of the passport of a foreign worker who has been approved to live and work in America for the time period specified in the visa, and it is also presented to US officials when arriving in the United States at the port of entry (usually an airport). Depending on the type of non-immigrant temporary work visa and other factors, the foreign worker may be permitted to live and work in the United States for an initial period of up to 12-60 months, plus there may be an option to renew/extend the temporary work visa if certain criteria are met. The US immigration visa is likewise stamped on a page of the Lawful Permanent Resident’s passport, is valid for a specified period of time and is presented to officials upon arrival at the port of entry in the United States. In addition to receiving the US immigration visa, a Green Card will also be obtained by the Lawful Permanent Resident and carried as proof of the legal right to live, study and work in the United States long-term (i.e., even after the US immigration visa has expired).

Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status is granted to immigrants who are authorized by the US government to live, study and work in the United States long-term. A Green Card is issued to an immigrant to carry as official proof of being a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States. There are five Employment-Based US immigration programs that grant LPR status and a Green Card to qualified foreign workers and their eligible family members.

A United States Permanent Resident Card, commonly referred to as a Green Card, is carried as official proof of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by immigrants authorized to live and work in the US long-term. Green Card holders also have access to educational programs in the United States; are allowed to own property (for example, to buy a home); have the option to start a business; can sponsor eligible family members for a US visa; have the opportunity to apply for American citizenship once they meet the criteria; and receive many other benefits.

There are five Employment-Based US immigration programs which grant a Green Card to Lawful Permanent Residents and their eligible family members (spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age) so they can live and work in the United States long-term. Each Employment-Based US immigration visa has its own eligibility requirements and procedures. Green Card holders enjoy many benefits, such as being able to legally live, study and work in the US permanently and the option to apply for American citizenship after living in the United States five years and meeting other criteria. The five Employment-Based US immigration visas are the: EB-1 Visa (individuals with extraordinary ability); EB-2 Visa (individuals with advanced degrees/experience); EB-3 Visa (skilled workers, professionals, or other workers); EB-4 Visa (special immigrants); and EB-5 Visa (foreign investors).

The United States has many non-immigrant temporary work visas to legally live and work in the US for initial periods of up to 12-60 months. The amount of time that a foreign worker will be authorized to live and work in the US will be determined by the visa type and other factors. Each temporary US work visa program has its own eligibility requirements, procedures and benefits. Non-immigrant US work visas usually have an option for the foreign worker’s legally married spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age to also live in America with the relevant family visa. Many non-immigrant temporary US work visas have an option to be renewed/extended if the foreign worker meets the criteria. Examples of non-immigrant temporary US work visas include the E2 Visa (for treaty investors); H1-B Visa (for specialty occupations); L-Visas (for intracompany transferees); O-Visas (available to foreign workers with extraordinary abilities/achievements); P-Visas (for internationally-recognized athletes, performers, artists, and entertainers); and the R1-Visa (for temporary religious workers).

There are several non-immigrant temporary work visas to live and work in America for a specific amount of time and particular purpose (examples include the H-Visas, L-Visas, O-Visas, P-Visas and R-Visas), as well as five Employment-Based US immigration visas and Green Cards to live and work in the United States long-term as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Each US work visa type has its own eligibility requirements, procedures and benefits.  

USA Visa Consultant (USAvisaconsultant.com) is a private company, not affiliated with the US government, which provides a valuable service to clients who want to live and work in the United States and who seek guidance during the complex procedure. The USA Visa Consultant team of professionals has many years of experience assessing and assisting thousands of clients in matters related to applying for the relevant US visas to live and work in America. Our group of consultants can evaluate your details and match your profile with the right US visa for you. Knowing which US visa option you are in the best position to apply for can save you a lot of time and effort. Receiving professional guidance can also help you to avoid common mistakes and unnecessary delays that often occur when people try to apply for a US visa on their own. Our team of experts can explain exactly what needs to be done during each step of the process, guide you in correctly completing and submitting your forms and required documents, and answer any questions you may have. We provide you with excellent customer service during the process and have well-trained agents who speak a variety of major languages to assist you. Our company also gives you flexible options for making secure payments for our professional services. These and the other beneficial services offered by USA Visa Consultant help to make relocation to the United States as smooth and affordable as possible for you and your family!

Our USA Visa Consultant team of professionals can evaluate your details and inform you about your options to live and work in America, either with a temporary US work visa or a permanent resident visa to the United States and Green Card. Other US visa options may also be available. Once you know which specific program you are most likely to qualify for, based on your personal profile and the current eligibility criteria, our group of consultants can guide you step-by-step through the process to apply for the US visa that is right for you!

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