What is a Visa and Why Do I Need One?


For some, a visa is the card in their wallet that they use to buy gas, groceries and anything else they need. For others however, a visa is an essential part of immigration as it affirms someone has permission to enter and stay in a country for a specific amount of time. The United States has strict laws surrounding entering and leaving the country, especially for those who hail from certain parts of the world. There are currently 37 countries where someone can travel to the United States without a visa. Most of the countries are in Europe with a few others such as Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand sprinkled in. The United States allows people with citizenship from one of the 37 countries listed to enter the country for 90 days for vacation or business without needing a visa. As a whole, the laws and regulations surrounding visas and the immigration process for non-waived countries are arduous and complex. It helps to have a skilled immigration attorney like those at Brodzki Jacobs & Associates on your side as they can help guide you through the process.

While there are over 180 unique visas issued by the United States, each usually falls into two main categories. Nonimmigrant visas are issued for people who do not intend on staying in the United States permanently. This could include tourists, students or people traveling on business. Immigrant visas, as you might expect, are designated for those intending on making the United States their new permanent residence. Obtaining either type of visa is easier said than done however.

First, for a visitor’s visa, someone needs to qualify under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which certainly takes more than a smile. A candidate needs to establish they are entering the U.S. for a specific purpose , they have a timetable in place for how long they will be in the country, and they also need to establish that they have a permanent residency in their home country.

An immigrant visa requires even more red tape and paperwork. First the person looking to obtain the visa must be sponsored by a relative who is already a legal U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. An employer can also act as a sponsor for someone looking to obtain an immigrant visa. A petition also must be filed and approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which can be a lengthy process to say the least. After the petition is approved, then there is a processing period for the visa overseen by the Department of State’s National Visa Center.

Those looking to obtain any kind of visa in Coral Springs should contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Brodzki Jacobs & Associates as soon as possible. A knowledgeable immigration attorney can help with things like filing paperwork and ensuring your case is moving through the appropriate channels. Rather than try to do it all on your own, hire someone who helps with immigration proceedings on a daily basis. Call Brodzki Jacobs & Associates today for more information!

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