Immigration is a complex and difficult process. Often only a few people manage to clear all the hurdles to gaining lawful permanent resident status. When this process ends up separating families, the Family Visa Program can reunite them.
An immigrant visa allows an individual to come to the United States. An immigrant visa is different from non-immigrant visas in that it allows the individual to stay for a longer period of time and may also allow the individual to rent property, apply for jobs, or otherwise ingrain themselves into U.S. society.
No. The H1B visa is intended for nonimmigrant aliens who will be temporarily hired as “workers in specialty occupations or as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability.” Workers in specialty occupation are defined as individuals performing jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree and the application of “a body of highly specialized knowledge.”
There are many factors that impact how long it takes to receive a visa. One of the biggest is what kind of visa is being sought. There are a limited number of visas granted each year and depending on how competitive the path to receive a visa is an where an applicant falls on the priority scale it may take more or less time to receive a visa. On average, a visa application may take years to complete.
Depending on the avenue chosen for receiving a visa, it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This also assumes that no outside help is used to ensure the applications and interviews are as good as possible. When taking into account the consulting fees and other miscellaneous fees associated with immigration the cost can balloon to thousands of dollars.