Immigrant Visa Lawyer
An immigrant visa, issued by a U.S. consular office, allows a person to travel to the United States to apply to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). This process can be complicated, so enlisting the help of an immigrant visa lawyer can be helpful. As a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national receives the privilege of permanently living and working in the United States. Generally, someone wishing to obtain an immigrant visa must be sponsored by either a family member who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States or by a prospective employer. The sponsor must petition the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for either a family-based visa or employment-based visa. For assistance with filing an immigrant visa petition, contact an immigrant visa attorney.
Once the immigrant visa petition has been approved by USCIS, the visa goes through processing with the U.S. State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC), unless the individual is already in the United States under another visa status. The NVC processes all approved immigrant visa petitions and retains them until the cases are ready for adjudication by a consular officer abroad; the NVC is also responsible for the collection of visa application fees and visa application documentation. The NVC will contact the applicant and petitioner with instructions for submitting the appropriate processing fees. After the appropriate processing fees are paid, the NVC will again contact the applicant and petitioner to request that the necessary immigrant visa documentation be filed. Enlisting the help of an immigrant visa lawyer can help save you time with the NVC by ensuring all fees are paid and all documentation is filed correctly.
While the majority of immigrant visas require sponsorship by a family member or employer, there is a special type of immigrant visa called the Diversity Visa. The Diversity Immigrant Visa program makes 50,000 immigrant visas available each year to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The recipients of these immigrant visas must meet strict eligibility requirements and are selected randomly through the Diversity Visa Lottery. To determine if you are eligible for the diversity immigrant visa, please contact one of our immigrant visa lawyers.
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