The United States of America is the world’s largest economy since 1870’s and is known
for constant growth and advancement. Moreover, for having expertise in technology, hardcore
government policies, efficient law & administration and mightiest defence system; it is the most
subtle dream-destination. Its flexible education and teaching system and technological resources
attract number of students from all over the world to enrol in its study programs.
Not only this, the U.S. stable growth rate, low unemployment rate, flexibility & favourable
working environment and high per capita income has always enticed the businessmen and skilled
professionals from different cultures, ideologies and working cultures and the country is known
as land of opportunities. For this reason, multitudes of foreign workers migrate to U.S. to work in
multiple employment categories.
Work Permit/ Work VISA
The U.S. government cautiously devises rules and regulations to permit any of the skilled professionals to enter the U.S. on the basis of their professions. Both long term and short term visas are granted depending upon the conditions related with the employment. Every year, thousands of job applications are received by U.S. employers but many such applications are denied on their part as they feel it is hard for the foreign persons to secure a U.S. visa and to comply with the U.S. working conditions as well. We, at Abroad Today help you to prepare your resume,references and qualifications for the review by U.S. employers and take a special care that these are in accordance with U.S. working standards. Because to obtain the U.S. work permit; you need to apply for visa application along with your employer’s reference application authenticating the same. Abroad Today helps you to apply for the following categories under work permit:
- H-1B: Professionals with Speciality Occupation: This visa is granted to highly specialized professionals including; fashion models with excellent merit & contribution, government employed people, professionals related with skilled research & development and professionals employed in the projects conducted by Defence Department. You need to have higher education degree or its equivalent to apply for this category.
- H-2B: Temporary Non-Agriculture Worker:This includes the individuals who wish to migrate to the U.S. for seasonal or non-agriculture purpose.
- H-3: Trainee or Special Education Visitor:This category of work permit visa is for the individuals who need to migrate to the U.S. to receive some skilled training which is not available in their own country with exception to graduates, medical or academic.
- L: Intra Company Transferees: This visa is granted to a skilled professional who has to work at a branch, parent, affiliated or subsidiary of the current employer.
- O: Individuals with extraordinary abilities and achievements: This visa category is for the individuals with high skilled abilities and artists with outstanding achievements and skills including; scientists, artists, businessmen, athletes, educators & highly recognized media persons.
- P-1: Athletes and member of Entertainment Group: This category of visa is formulated for the sportspersons participating in competitions and to the internationally acclaimed members of an entertainment group.
- P-2: Artist or Entertainment (Individual or Groups): This visa is for the individuals who are required to perform in recognized cultural programs.
- P-3: Artist or Entertainer: This visa is for the people who perform, teach and coach the performers, performing at cultural exchange programs.
Most of these temporary work visas need and individual to obtain a labor certificate from the employer.
NAFTA Professional Visa (TN/TD):
The Northern American Trade Agreement is formulated to enhance and better the trading and economic conditions between United States, Mexico and Canada. Special TN Visa category is devised to make the people of these countries to gain and benefit from this treaty. The individuals are required to be of:
- Canadian or Mexican Origin
- Their professions must be listed in NAFTA list of Occupations
- The specified employment must be available with the U.S. employer
- Full-time or part-time employment must be pre-arranged by the applicant before migrating to the U.S.
- The applicant should meet the eligibility criteria as mentioned and required by the employer
You need to obtain a Student Visa, if you are not a U.S. citizen but want to study in the U.S. Applying and obtaining U.S. Student Visa is long and tedious process. Abroad Today’s exuberant and diligent team of immigration experts will help you to find out an ideal student visa according to your needs & requirement. America has many of the World’s best educational institutions like; Harvard and Yale and studying in such reputed institutions can open up a whole world of opportunities for the students. No matter, whatever be your academic interests and qualifications, Abroad Today’s expert education team will help you to establish contacts that you need in the U.S. educational system. Our expertise will make all the difference in acquiring your U.S. study visa.
Your case of study and type of school you plan to attend will determine what type of the visa you need. You can apply for the following Study Visa types:
Academic Visa (F-1): Those applicants need to obtain a student F-1 visa for the U.S., who want to attend a university or any other type of academic institution in the America. A wide range of age, from primary school up to university, is covered under this visa. The individuals undergoing language training in the U.S. are also covered under this category. F1 visa holders are permitted to enter the USA up to 30 days before their registration and stay in the country up to 60 days after completion of the course. But the students who want to attend public elementary school or publicly funded adult education course in the USA; are excluded from this visa service.
Moreover the students who apply for the F-1 visa to attend public secondary schools are allowed only 13 months stay in the USA and they are obliged to show proof that payment for the whole educational cost has been made.
Non-academic visa: M-1: The M-1 visa is for the students who want to pursue non-academic courses at an established vocational institution or business school. M-1 visa holders are allowed to stay in the country for the period required to complete the course plus 30 days or for 12 months - whichever period is shorter.
If you are applying for the U.S. study visa, you are required to:
- Apply to and be accepted by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
- Pay the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee
- Complete U.S. Student Visa application along with recent photos
- Pay the visa application fee
- Schedule and attend a visa interview
Your case of study and type of school you plan to attend will determine what type of the visa you need.
U.S. Business Visa (B-1 Visa): The United States is the land of opportunities and excellences. Here anyone who has the potential, can work hard and dare to fulfil his dreams can succeed at anything. Due to this age-long tradition, the U.S. is the dream destination for the individuals who determine to carve out a better life for themselves through their dedication. Taking this condition into view, the U.S. offers business visas in all shapes and sizes catering to each individual case. Therefore business visas come with different entry criteria, benefits and restrictions.
Abroad Today helps his clients to choose and select the absolute business visas for them. We also advise and help them to prepare the documents that are required to be presented for applying the USA B-1 Visa. The U.S. B1 Visa is formulated for visitors who need to enter the U.S. for business; excluding visitors who wish to enter the U.S. to perform skilled or unskilled labor. USA B1 Visa is granted to individuals who need to fly to the U.S. for:
- Contract negotiations
- Independent Research
- Consultation with business associates
- Taking purchase orders
- Participating in meeting; conventions, conferences or seminars
- Certain professional athletes including golfers, auto-racer, amateur hockey players; who are going to receive no salary other than prize money
- Prospective investors who are seeking for investment opportunities to qualify for E-2 Visa qualification
- Commercial or individual workers who are required to install, repair or service machinery or equipment purchased abroad
- Artists coming to U.S. for sculpt or paint but not under the contract with U.S. employer
- A professional entertainer coming to U.S. for completion and going to receive no pay other than prize money
- Musicians who wish to fly to the U.S. for utilizing recording facilities and those recording should be sold and distributed outside the U.S. and moreover he will not be allowed to give any public performances
- Still photographers who wish to enter U.S. for taking photographs burt not going to receive any income from a U.S. source
The U.S. Business Visa or B-1 Visa are granted for the period of up to 10 years; depending upon the intent, profile and documents of the applicants.
A foreign national who wishes to visit the U.S. is obliged to obtain a visa; either an immigrant visa for permanent residency or non-immigrant visa for temporary stay. Visitor Visas fall under the category of non-immigrant visas and are for the individuals who want to enter the U.S. temporarily either for business purpose (B-1 Visa) or for tourism, pleasure, visiting friends or relatives, medical care(B-2 Visa) or for the both purposes (B-1/ B-2).
B-1 Visa is for the purpose of:
- Consulting with business associates
- Attending an educational, scientific, professional, business convention or conference
- Setting an estate
- Negotiating a contract
Other than this, under U.S. immigration law:
- Qualified personal or domestic employers may travel to the U.S. as business visitors or
A U.S. citizen employer who permanently lives outside the U.S. or is stationed in foreign country and is visiting or is assigned to the U.S. temporarily may be granted visitor visa
Or a foreign citizen employer in the U.S. who is on B,E,F,H,I,T,L,M,O,P or Q non-immigrant visa status, may be permitted visitor visa
B-2 Visitor Visas (For Pleasure, Tourism and Medical Treatment): When the purpose of visiting the U.S. is recreational in nature, the individual is obliged to apply for B-2 visitors visa. It includes visiting the U.S. for:
- Visiting friends or relatives
- Participating in social events hosted by social, fraternal or service organizations
Participation by amateurs in musical, sports or similar events or contests, if not receiving any remuneration
Enrolment in a short recreational course of study, but not for credit towards a degree (e.g.two days’ painting class while on vacation)
The presumption in the law is that every individual applying for visitor visa is an intending immigrant.So the applicants need to overcome this presumption by stating that:
If your relative is sponsoring the Visitor Visa, he needs to send the following documents for the processing of your Visitor Visa:
- A letter from the Bank/Banks (on their business letter head) stating his account summary
- Account Verification Letter
- Copy of his bank statements showing his prosperous financial health
- A neat photocopy of his complete Passport, including even the blank pages
- Copy of recent income tax returns
- A completed and notarized Affidavit of Support Form I-134
If he is a Green Card Holder; copy of the Green Card and if he is a U.S. citizen; copy of citizenship certificate
A formal invitation letter addressed to you by the sponsor, also stating that he will be taking care of all your needs in the U.S. including tickets, boarding and other expenses
An application or letter to the U.S. consulate in India from the sponsor, requesting to issue Visitor Visa to the concerned person, stating that he will take care of your needs in the U.S. including tickets, boarding & other expenses.
Other than these, applicants need:
Our diligent team of experts at Abroad Today will help you to decide which visa will suit your purpose of travel and help you with the documentations needed for the visa type. Use Abroad Today’s extensively professional services and maximize your success rate.
Like many other nations, the U.S. government gives chance to the wealthy foreign nationals to enter the U.S., if they plump money in its economy which can help in the growth and progress. Under this category, U.S. visas are made available to immigrant investors, if they are able to benefit the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment. The EB-5 is one of the most difficult and most expensive category to establish eligibility for, so it always advisable to take the help of a reliable immigrant company. Under this category, you have to make investment before applying for a green card and if you fail, you may lose lot of money also. Abroad Today will provide you with expert guidance needed for the of EB-5 visa. Obtaining green card through EB-5 is both a tedious and time consuming task and the U.S. government has formulated stringent rules to limit the overflow of foreign nationals through investment. Abroad Today helps you through all these difficult processes.
Requirements for Investor Visa: To apply for investor visa, an immigrant must invest, without borrowing, the following minimum capital dollar in a qualifying commercial enterprise:
- $ 1,000,000 (U.S.) or
- $ 500,000 (U.S.) in a high-unemployment or rural area
The qualifying investment must create full-time jobs for at least 10 U.S. citizens, lawful residents or other immigrants’ authorized to work in the United States, within two years, excluding the investor, and his spouse, sons or daughters.
Categories of Immigration Investor Visa:
- C-5: Employment creation outside the targeted area
- T-5: Employment creation in a targeted rural/high unemployment area
- R-5: Investor Pilot Program not in a targeted area
- I-5: Investor Pilot Program in a targeted area
EB-5 (Green Card) Benefits:
- EB-5 Green Card enables or qualifies the investors, entrepreneurs and the businessmen along with their families, to stay and work anywhere in the U.S. permanently
- Green Card holder is eligible to work in any of the U.S. companies at any level & at any length and that too without any sponsor.
- EB-5 Green Card holder is allowed to travel outside the U.S. & return back without any restriction. Moreover he can also sponsor his relatives to get green card & enjoy the same benefits to live & work in the U.S.
- After time period of five years, Green Card holder can apply for the U.S. citizenship and get the right to vote & run an office in the U.S.
- An EB-5 visa is normally granted for initial 2 years period, where the candidate will obtain a conditional U.S. resident status. Once the condition is withdrawn he will receive a permanent U.S. Green Card.
- EB-5 Green Card holders have to pay less tuition fee for the Universities or Colleges which are 3 to 4 times lower than what other foreigners pay.
Family / Spouse VISA
U.S. because of its strong family based visa policies has always been the preferred destination of families to settle down. The U.S. citizens, through Family Visa and Green Card can sponsor their family members to live and work in the U.S. Under the provisions of United States immigration law, precisely the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), family visas are provided under two categorising, immediate relatives and family preference category. The visas provided under family based category are follows:
- IR-1: Spouse of U.S. Citizen
- IR-2: Unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. Citizen
- IR-3: Orphan adopted Abroad by a U.S. Citizen
- IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. Citizen
- IR-5: Parent of U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old
- F-1: Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children (if any)
F-2: Spouses, minor children and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 year & over) of lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs’)
F-3: Married sons & daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses & minor children
F-4: Brother& Sisters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and minor children provided the U.S. citizens should be at least 21 years of age
K-1: U.S. citizens can sponsor their fiancée to enter the U.S. & thereafter apply for the Green Card
K-3: U.S. citizen can sponsor their spouse to come & live in the U.S. while his/her green card in process
In order to begin your family based immigration process, you need:
- USCIS approved immigrant visa petition (I-130)
- Proof of relationship with the U.S. citizen
Based on the category applied, the Department of States determines, if an immigrant visa number is available for the applicant
After the visa number becomes available, your sponsoring U.S. relative,(excluding grandparents, uncles, aunts, in-laws and cousins); apply to change your status to that of a LPR (Lawful Permanent Resident)
At Abroad Today, your visa application will be processed by one of the most diligent and experienced persons. They will provide you with expert guidance regarding your documentation and visa processing. We are a company with highly experienced migration experts and represent the clients from across the world who wish to migrate to the U.S.
The foreign citizens to wish and to live and work permanently in the U.S. must obtain immigration visa. Obtaining immigration is a first step towards becoming a lawful permanent U.S. resident. Most of the U.S. immigration visas fall under the category of family or employment based visas. Only those individuals are eligible to apply for an immigration visa, those are sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative, U.S. lawful permanent resident or a prospective employer. To begin the immigration process, the sponsor is obliged to file a petition with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) on the behalf of the foreign citizen.
We can divide U.S. Immigration Visas into the following categories:
- Family Based Visas: The American Government has formulated stringent rules to check the overflow of the foreign nationals. But the government allows the family members of the individuals living in the country to migrate and settle down in the U.S. The U.S. citizens are allowed to invite following family members:
Whereas a Green Card Holder can invite:
- Brother or Sister
Family Based Visas can further be divided into Sub–Categories:
- Unmarried Son or Daughter
Immediate Relative Immigrant Visa: This category includes visas based on the close family relationship with the U.S. citizen. It includes sub-classes like:
IR-1: Spouse of the U.S. citizen
IR-2: Unmarried child below 21 years of age
IR-3: A foreign national adopted orphan by a U.S. citizen
IR-4: An orphan adopted by a U.S. citizen in the U.S.
IR-5: Parent of the U.S. citizen above 21 years of age
- Family Preference Immigrant Visa (limited): This is a limited and specific, in the sense, that which relative can be invited by the U.S. resident for the permanent residency. The preferred family members are:
Family First Preference`( F-1): Unmarried Sons and daughters of the U.S. citizens and their minor children
Family Second Preference (F-2): Spouses, minor children, unmarried daughters and sons of (LPR) Lawful Permanent Resident.
Family Third Preference (F-3): Married sons and daughters of the U.S. citizens.
Family Fourth Preference (F-4): Brothers and Sisters of the U.S. citizens.
Spouse or Fiancée Visa of a U.S. citizens: The American Government permits its citizens to bring their fiancée or spouse of the foreign origin to stay with them in the country permanently. They can claim this provision in the form of:
Employment Based Visa: The U.S. government has permitted or authorized the U.S. employers to sponsor the people with certain skills, or proficiencies and grant them permanent jobs. In certain specialized fields and domains, the U.S. Government allows prospective immigrants to sponsor themselves. It includes categories:
Employment First Preference Visa (E-1): Priority Workers including persons with extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, multinational managers or executives.
Employment Second Preference (E-2): Professionals with Advanced Degree or Persons of the Exceptional Ability.
Employment Third Preference (E-3): It includes skilled workers, Professionals and Unskilled Workers (Others Workers)
Employment Fourth Preference (E-4): It includes certain special immigrants like; broadcasters in the U.S., Ministers of Religion, Iraqi and Afghan interpreters, certain foreign medical graduates, Certain Retired International Organizations’ Employees, certain surviving Spouses of deceased NATO-6 civilian employees.
Intra Country Adoption Visa: It includes the permanent residency visa for the child of another country, whom a U.S. citizen wishes to adopt. A U.S. citizen is permitted to do so by all legal means and bring the child lawfully to the United States. The applicant needs to abide by the local adoption rules and also by international standards of adoption.
Diversity Visa: This visa program includes the random selection of the application entries from across the world who want permanent residency permit for the U.S. Prospective Diversity Visa application may obtain visa on the basis of education, professional experiences and other requirements, the mandatory requirements are:
Minimum of high school education
Two or more years of experience
U.S. immigration visa is quite a complex and tedious task. Abroad Today specializes in the U.S. immigration and relocation. As reliable immigration advisors, we have expertise in highly complex U.S. immigration laws.