If you are a citizen of a foreign country, you will need a visa to enter the United States. There are two (2) broad categories that visas fall under:
1. Nonimmigrant visa
2. Immigrant visa
If you want to temporarily work in the United States, you will need a nonimmigrant visa. You are here to work rather than to move to this country. There are different employment groups and types of visas.
How To Apply
The first step is to ensure your passport is valid. That goes beyond just having one that isn’t expired. The expiration date on your passport needs to extend at least six (6) months past your return date to your country of origin. Secondly, there needs to be a blank page to stamp your passport book.
Then you will complete Form DS-160, the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Here’s a TIP: be patient when completing this form. Don’t leave anything blank—even if it doesn’t pertain to you. Put “N/A” or “None” in the space. When someone reviews your application, she will know you didn’t skip over anything accidentally.
Incomplete or inaccurate forms will only add to the amount of time it will take to get your visa. But after you submit your application, you will need to prepare. Gather your documentation.
For L and H-1B visas (specialty occupations & company transfers), you will likely need to show when and why you intend to return to your country of origin. This will include proof of the life you have built in your home country including, but not limited to: your home, your assets, your family. These things demonstrate that you have an interest in returning.
A U.S. embassy or consulate will interview you. This will be done in your home country. There is likely one in or near your capital city. Don’t be caught off guard if you are sworn in and your fingerprints get taken.
Lastly, check ahead of time if and when the closest U.S. embassy is conducting interviews. Depending on your location, there could be a significant delay or wait. This will simply enable you to plan accordingly.
Cuprys & Associates
At Cuprys & Associates, we have extensive ex-spouse experience with immigration-related legal issues. Whether you are pursuing a visa or a green card, contact Cuprys & Associates to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you discover your American Dream.