U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Lawyer London
Entering the U.S. on a Temporary Basis
If you wish to enter the United States for a temporary period of time,
you must apply for and obtain a nonimmigrant visa. There are several different
types of nonimmigrant visas, all of which are classified according the
purpose of your visit. Each nonimmigrant visa will dictate the terms of
your stay in the USA, including the activities you are permitted to engage
in and the duration of your time there.
If you are currently residing in the UK, you can complete the nonimmigrant
visa application process through consular processing, which will be conducted
at the U.S. Embassy in London. Generally, consular processing will require
applicants to supply a number of forms and documentation. They will also
have to attend an interview by making a personal appearance at the Embassy.
US Immigration Attorney London can assist you in preparing your application and can guide you through
all the steps inherent to consular processing.
Types of Nonimmigrant Visas
The firm can analyse your situation in order to determine the most appropriate
nonimmigrant visa for your needs. While there are various nonimmigrant
visas that can allow you to enter the United States on a temporary basis,
the most common types of nonimmigrant visas are as follows:
U.S. immigration law allows foreign nationals to visit the U.S. for business,
medical treatment or pleasure. These visas usually allow a stay in the
USA for six months, but can be granted for up to one year.
(B-1) Business Visitor visas allow individuals to visit the U.S. to participate in commercial
transactions such as contract negotiations and consultations, so long
as they do not receive a salary or remuneration.
(B-2) Visitor Visas are granted for visits related to recreational activities, tourism or
Students and Trainees
Students and trainees who wish to obtain nonimmigrant visas must be registered
with the Student and Exchange Visitor Immigration System (SEVIS) program.
SEVIS requires the institution to report certain information about the
student, including when they complete a programme of study.
(F) Student Visas allow foreign citizens to attend a U.S. institution of learning. This
includes undergraduate, postgraduate, post-secondary non-vocational, elementary,
middle school and high school levels, as well as other eligible courses
of study. Student visas are valid for the duration of studies;
(M) Student Visas are reserved for students who will be attending vocational or technical
schools in the United States;
(J) Exchange Visitor Visas are for professors, research scholars, trainees or interns, certain university
students, teachers, camp counselors and au pairs, among others.
Nonimmigrant visas can also allow foreign citizens to work temporarily
in the United States. The most common nonimmigrant worker visas include:
E - Treaty Traders
(E-1) or Treaty Investors (E-2): Suitable for nationals of a country with which the United States maintains
a treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation to come to the United
States to carry on substantial trade between the United States and the
treaty country (E-1) or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise
in which the person has invested, or is actively in the process of investing,
a substantial amount of money (E-2).
H-1B Visa: Reserved for individuals in specialty occupations, fashion models, and
employees of the U.S. Department of Defense. Specialty occupations are
those where theoretical and practical application of highly specialised
knowledge is needed, as well as a Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Registered Nurse:* Nurses working in Health Professional Shortage Area may petition for an
H-1C visa. Generally speaking, to qualify for an H-1C visa, a person must
have a full nursing license in the country where their nursing education
was obtained, be authorized by the appropriate U.S. State Board of Nursing
to practice, have passed all necessary examinations, and have been fully
qualified under state law to practice as a Registered Nurse immediately
upon entering the United States.
Temporary Agricultural Workers:* H-2A visas are limited only for seasonal work to citizens or nationals
of designated countries as long as it can be demonstrated that there are
not enough U.S. workers able and willing to perform the temporary work.
Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers:* To qualify for H-2B nonimmigrant classification, a petitioner must show
that there are not enough US workers to perform the temporary work, that
employing H-2B workers will not negatively affect the wages of similarly
employed US workers, and that the work is indeed temporary, such as a
one-time occurrence, seasonal, peakload, or intermittent need.
Nonimmigrant Trainee:* Trainees may receive training in any non-medical field of endeavor or participate
in a special education exchange visitor training program by applying for
an H-3 visa. To be granted an H-3 visa, employers must demonstrate that
the proposed training is not available in the foreign national’s
native country, that the position is not that normal operation of the
business, the national will not engage in productive employment, and the
training will benefit the national in pursuing a career abroad.
H-4: Spouses and children of H-3 nonimmigrants may accompany them by applying
for H-4 status. Most H-4 beneficiaries are not able to work while in the
I Visas: Representatives of foreign media, press, and radio may apply for an I
visa if they can demonstrate that they are a bona fide representative
of a foreign media organization. A consular officer at the petitioner’s
U.S. embassy will determine if their activity is qualifying.
L Visas: Intra-company transferees who worked and will continue to work in a managerial
or executive capacity (L-1A), or in a position involving specialised knowledge
(L-1B visa) may petition for an L visa. Individuals must have been employed
by the same employer abroad for at least 1 year within the previous three years.
O Visas: Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education,
business or athletics may enter the United States with an O visa. Applicants
must demonstrate sustained national or international acclaim in a specific
area and must be coming temporarily to the US to continue work in said area.
P Visas: Performing athletes, artists and entertainers who have demonstrated internationally
recognized sustained performance may work in the United States with a
P visa. P visas are also offered to persons providing essential services
in support of these individuals.
Q Visas: International cultural exchange visitors participating in programs designated
by the Department of State may enter the United States with a Q visa.
Only employers who administer cultural exchange programs are allowed to
petition for Q nonimmigrants. Q nonimmigrants must be age 18 or older
and be able to effectively communicate about the cultural attributes of
R Visas: Foreign nationals may come to the United States to temporarily work as
a minister or in another religious occupation for at least 20 hours per
week by a bona fide non-profit religious organization or non-profit organization
affiliate with a religious denomination. Applicants must have been a member
of the religious denomination or organization for at least two years immediately
before filing the petition.
Please note that the law firm does not currently provide legal representation
regarding these visas.
Certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
can also obtain nonimmigrant visas. These include:
Fiancé (K-1) Visas - Fiancés of U.S. citizens who will marry the US citizen within
90 days of entry.
Spouse (K-3) Visas - Spouses of U.S. citizens where the spouse seeks to enter the U.S. whilst
awaiting the resolution of the pending immigration petition filed by their
U.S. citizen spouse.
Spouse / Children of LPRs (V) - Some spouses and children of lawful permanent residents who meet qualifying criteria.
Obtain Your Nonimmigrant Visa with the Firm's Assistance
Although these are the most common temporary visas, there are many more
types of nonimmigrant visas available for your intended stay in the United
States. Are you searching for an attorney for your nonimmigrant visa case
in London? At the American Immigration Law Office LTD, our legal adviser
can fully assist you in evaluating your situation, choosing the most appropriate
course of action and completing all of the necessary procedures.
If you would like to
schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable U.S. immigration lawyer in London,
contact the firm today.