There are many different paths to achieving a lawful immigration status in the United States. Whether you need a temporary visa, a green card in order to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely or want the broad legal rights that come with citizenship, the experienced Littleton immigration lawyers at Joseph & Hall, P.C., are here to help. Learn more about the different paths to immigration under U.S. law.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you may sponsor visas for certain family members. Immediate relatives (parents, spouses, and unmarried children under the age of 21) may be eligible for immediate relative visas. These visas are not limited by annual quotas, so applicants do not have to wait for a visa number to come available. Married children and siblings of U.S citizens are also eligible for family preference visas. These visas are limited by annual quotas, so it can take longer for a number to come available, but they are open to a broader range of family members.
Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) can also sponsor spouses and unmarried children for visas. Be sure to consult with a Littleton immigration lawyer before applying for a family sponsor visa. If you apply for the wrong type of visa, your family member could face unnecessary delays in the immigration process.
Employers can sponsor their employees for a wide range of immigration statuses. If you only need to be in the country on business for a short period, then a short-term business visitor visa might be right for you. It is important to get the appropriate visa if you will be in the country on any type of business. Trying to enter the country as a tourist could invalidate your immigration status if you start conducting business while you are in the United States.
An employer can sponsor you for a visa or even for lawful permanent residence in certain situations. Lawful permanent residence is commonly known as a “green card.” Green card holders may live and work in the United States so long as they renew their cards (generally every ten years) and maintain their eligibility (for example, by not being convicted of a felony).
Students can apply for lawful immigration so long as they maintain enrollment in a qualifying educational program. Spouses and children of students can also be eligible for student visas, though a spouse may also want to seek a green card or a visa that is sponsored by an employer or family member. It is important for students to consult with an immigration attorney about any changes that could potentially invalidate their student visa before those changes occur. Dropping out of a program, accepting full-time employment outside the training program, or graduating from an educational program could invalidate the terms of your student immigration status.
The Littleton immigration lawyers at Joseph & Hall, P.C., have years of experience handling all types of immigration cases. We have helped many immigrants find the right immigration status for their unique situations, and we can protect your legal rights, as well. Visit our website to schedule an appointment or to find the office location that is closest to you. The sooner you have an experienced immigration lawyer advising you, the better protected your right to a lawful immigration status will be.
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