How to Obtain A Visa To Visit, Study Or Work In The United States

Obtaining a Visa to enter the United States can be a complex and frustrating process – but you don’t have to do it alone. Our Immigration Attorneys are here to help, serving the communities around Kennewick, Tacoma, Yakima, Moses Lake, Seattle, and Portland.

Ritchie Reiersen Immigration Attorneys Can Help You Obtain Your Visa

If you or someone you know is trying to gain temporary access to the United States, Ritchie Reiersen Immigration Attorneys have the experience and knowledge to find the right visa for you. There are over 180 different types of Visas in the United States. It is important that you apply for the appropriate visa based on both your purpose for coming to the United States as well as how long you intend to stay.

The most common ways individuals visit the United States are by using either the F-1 (Academic Student), M-1 (Vocational Student), or J-1 (cultural and educational Exchange Visitor) temporary visas. The most common temporary work visas that allow you to obtain employment in the United States include E, H, L, and P visas.

At Ritchie Reiersen Law, our team of Immigration Attorneys have years of experience helping people with all of their immigration needs. We are passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration dreams, and will do all we can to assist you in making that happen. Whether it’s for a short visit or to become a permanent resident, our skilled Immigration Lawyers can help you. We have offices in Kennewick, Yakima, Moses Lake, Tacoma, Seattle and Auburn to serve all your needs. Call today for a free consultation with an experienced Ritchie Reiersen Immigration Attorney – (888) 884-7337.

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How To Obtain A Temporary Visa

Having an experienced Immigration Lawyer can drastically increase your likelihood of obtaining a visa to visit the United States. There are over 180 different types of US visas – each with a time-consuming application as well as significant application fees. Because of the complex nature of the immigration system, it can be easy to inadvertently choose the incorrect type of visa or make mistakes in the application. However, with an Immigration Attorney on your side, you can be assured that you are on the right path to obtaining the proper visa.

The Immigration Lawyers at Ritchie Reiersen Law understand how confusing the immigration applications and process can be. With years of experience, we have a firm understanding of how to successfully help our clients achieve their immigration dreams. Call us today for your free immigration consultation. We provide immigration services in Kennewick, Yakima, Moses Lake, Tacoma, Seattle, and Auburn. Call us today and find out how we can help you with all your immigration needs. 1 (888) 884-7337.

Why You Should have An Immigration Attorney

Many people with immigration needs find it very helpful to have an experienced Immigration Attorney assisting them. The United States immigration laws are complicated, confusing, and constantly changing. Additionally, the paper work can be very overwhelming and time consuming. At Ritchie Reiersen Law, our team of Immigration Attorneys wants to help each of our clients to get the best possible outcome. With years of experience helping thousands of individuals with their immigration challenges, we understand the many facets of the U.S. immigration system and we stand ready to help. We provide immigration services in Kennewick, Yakima, Moses Lake, Tacoma, Seattle, and Auburn. Call us today at (888) 884-7337 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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The process to becoming a U.S. citizen or receiving any type of visa can be very complex and confusing - and often quite frustrating.  An experienced immigration lawyer at Ritchie Reiersen Law will care for you and help you understand each step of the immigration process.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am in the United States on a temporary visitor visa. I would like to change that to a permanent visa. What do I need to do?

While it is possible to apply for a change of status, doing so while you are currently in the United States may be more difficult. Much of the possibility of being granted a change of status will depend on your specific situation. Reaching out to an Immigration Attorney for a consultation can help you find out what options you have. Together we can review your current status, look at your ultimate goals, and map out the course that would serve you best and that would have the best chance at being successful. 

My visa has expired. What can I do?

If your visa has expired, we urge you to contact an experienced Immigration Attorney as soon as possible. We can review your options with you and help you determine what would be the best thing for you to do, depending on your future immigration and residency goals. Time is of the essence with an expired visa.

Who is eligible for asylum?

If you fear for your personal safety or for your life in your home country, you may apply for asylum in the United States. You must prove that you are facing danger in your country of origin because of your race, religion, social affiliation, political leanings, or nationality.

What is the difference between a green card and a visa?

Many individuals feel that a green card and a visa refer to the same thing. That isn’t accurate, and in order to apply for the correct item, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

 A green card is a permit that allows you to not only enter the United States, but stay in the U.S. for as long as you wish. A green card typically does not have an expiration date, although this can depend on the type of green card that is granted. A green card holder can work in any industry or occupation in the U.S. and are granted the same rights as U.S. citizens except for voting, serving on a jury, and receiving federal aid for college expenses.

 A visa, on the other hand, is a temporary pass that allows you to enter the United States and stay for a specified period of time. Visas do expire. An individual with a visa may not seek employment in the United States unless they have a specific work visa.

What types of visas are available if I want to come to the U.S. for a visit or a temporary stay?

If you want to come to the United States for a visit or a temporary stay with a specific timeframe, you would apply for a non-immigrant visa. There are several types of non-immigrant visas – the one you apply for will depend on the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay. The most common non-immigrant visas granted are the student visa, business investor visa, or a travel visa.

What type of visa should I apply for if I want to become a permanent U.S. resident?

The visa you should apply for will depend upon your particular situation and current immigration status. Some of the most common visas for foreign nationals wishing to establish permanent residence in the United States include the fiancée visa, immediate relative visa, and a work visa. Once you have an immigrant visa granted in your name, you will be eligible to apply for a green card. It should be noted that immigrant visas are much harder to get than non-immigrant visas because there are a limited number of immigrant visas granted each year.

I have been a victim of a crime in the United States, but I do not have status. Should I still report the crime?

As an individual living in the United States, it is important that you report criminal activity to the appropriate authorities. By cooperating with police officers and other legal authorities you may be eligible for a visa based upon your victimhood and cooperation. Contact an Immigration Attorney to discuss your eligibility.

I am a victim of abuse living as a foreign national in the United States. Is there a visa that can help protect me?

First of all, if you are still in the abusive relationship, get out. There are domestic violence centers and shelters throughout the United States with resources to help you and keep you safe. Under the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the United States government provides visas for men and women and their children who are victims in an abusive relationship.

 You may be eligible for relief based upon the abusive relationship. An experienced Immigration Attorney who is knowledgeable about the many complexities of immigration law can advise you on your legal options. Consulting with an immigration attorney can help you determine how to keep yourself and your children safe and will give you an advisor who can help you determine what the best option would be for you.

How do I qualify for a visa to visit the U.S.?

In order for a foreign national to enter the United States for a temporary stay, one must apply and be granted a B-2 non-immigrant visa. The qualifications for a B-2 visa include:

  • Purpose of the trip to the U.S. is tourism, pleasure, or visiting
  • Applicant is a permanent resident of another country and they intend to return to that country
  • Applicant has connections to home country in the form of job, property, or family
  • Applicant is not entering the United States with the intention of seeking employment
  • Applicant has the financial resources to cover the expenses of the trip

The duration of time that the person is allowed to stay in the U.S. varies and is determined by the immigration officer at the port of entry. Generally, the maximum allowed time is six months.

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