Getting a Student Visa
If you are not a citizen in the United States and you would like to go to school here, you can get a student visa to let you get your education here lawfully. Again, this is a non-immigrant visa that is going to grant you temporary access. It will not let you stay here permanently.
You can, however, eventually move towards citizenship if you want to go through an adjustment of status.
The people who most commonly apply to get a student visa are individuals who want to go to a college or university in the US and stay here with this visa until their enrollment is up. After you get your acceptance for your school, then you can be approved by the Student Exchange or a Visitor Program. Our Buffalo, NY non-immigrant visa lawyer is here to help you through this process.
You might want to have a liaison that is already in the country to help you through this. You will likely have to go through the interview process, as that is mandatory for anyone who is between the ages of 14 and 79.
Visa Waiver versus a B Tourist Visa
Our Buffalo, NY non-immigrant visa lawyer can help you figure out which option for entry into the United States is best for you, depending on what you are coming for and how long you want to be here.
There are only about 40 countries in the world who participate with the Visa Waiver program that lets you come to the United States as a tourist with just your plane ticket and your passport. This program essentially lets you, as the name implies, waive the visa requirement. You would not have to visit the Embassy or apply for any visa. This gives you 90 days in the country that cannot be granted any extensions or conversions. The exception to that rule is that if you ended up getting married to a United States citizen during the 90 days, which may let you stay in order to get a green card.
B Tourist Visa
If you already know that 90 days is not going to be enough time for you to be in the United States, we suggest that you look into filing for a B visa. There are two subcategories of the B visa: B1 which is the business variation and B2 which is the tourist visa. In order to get either of these visas, you need to go to the US Embassy in your home country. You have to apply and submit your plan to them regardless of why you are going to be in the country.
Our Buffalo, NY non-immigrant visa lawyer is here to help you through this process. We can help you with any further immigration matters that you need help with, as well.
U Visas for Victims of Domestic Abuse
Every year, there are 10,000 U visas reserved by the USCIS for those who are victims of crimes (particularly violent crimes). Far too many people have become victims of crimes including abuse, sex trafficking, assault, kidnapping and more. If you are someone who has become a victim of these types of crimes, we can help you apply for a U visa that requires you to work with law enforcement and requires you to fill out form I-918, which you can typically find at any local police department.
You will need to have documents from law enforcement for you to be able to file for this limited visa. In order for you to be eligible for the U visa, you have to have gone to the police. Unfortunately, if you do not have this documentation, you will not be able to have your I-918 form signed off on.
It is completely up to law enforcement whether or not the I-918 form gets signed. If you are worried about this, please also note that if your case has gone through courts, judges, or prosecution, they all might be able to sign the form and help you. Further, your Buffalo, NY non-immigrant visa lawyer may have the resources to guide you through this process.
If you get the U visa, you will also have three years of a valid work permit that can help you get a social security card, as well as a driver’s license. Once the three years expire, then you can file to adjust your immigrant status, which ultimately can lead to you having permanent residency.
Call Our NY Non-Immigrant Visa Lawyer Today
If you are looking for help with your non-immigrant visa, please get in contact with our office as soon as possible. Our Buffalo, NY non-immigrant visa lawyer can help you with this and any other immigration concerns that you may have. Get in touch today to get started.