Non- immigrant Visa Attorney in Houston
A non- immigrant visa is often a travel document that allows tourists, students, investors, or specialty workers to travel to United States with the specific. This purpose can be studying, working in a specialty job, or just visiting. Non-immigrants are people who travel to United States temporarily and do not have intentions on staying in the country permanently.
People who intent to remain in US permanently are classified as immigrants and must apply for an adjustment of status.
Below you can find some of the common Non Immigrant Visas with links to detailed information provided by the America Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Certain kinds of “business” related travel, is permitted using a B1 visitor visa. The definition of “business” under immigration law is limited and does not generally allow for gainful employment, labor for hire or productive activity such as operating a business or consultancy work. Specifically, in the applicable U.S. law, the term “business” is limited to the negotiation of contracts, consultation with business associates, litigation, and participation in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences or seminars and other legitimate activities of a commercial or professional nature.
A B1 visa is always issued together with a B-2 and is called B-1/B2. It embodies two different reasons for travel. The first is business and second is pleasure or medical. Every country including European Union member states must apply for a visa for the U.S. if they intend to stay for more than 90 days.
H-1B – Professionals
Many foreign nationals in professional jobs begin their work in the United States through an H-1B visa. Initially this type of nonimmigrant visas are issued for three years, and may be renewed once for another three.
Herrera Law Firm attorneys have successfully filed H-1B visa applications, H1-B change of employer application, H-1B extensions, and H-1B amended application for individuals and corporate clients. We have filed visas for doctors, post-doctorate students, scientists, businessmen, marketing researchers, IT professionals (computer programmer, system analysts, software engineers, database administrator, etc), graphic designers, various engineers (mechanical, chemical), health care professionals, start-up companies, and more.
There is a limit on the quantity of H 1B visas that can be issued every year. As of now 65,000 H 1B visas are issued each fiscal year, in addition to an extra 20,000 for people with advanced degrees from U.S. universities.
L-1A/B – Intra-company Transferees
The Intra-company Transferees visa (L-1) is a non-immigrant type that allows organizations working in the U.S. as well as in foreign countries to transfer its employees/representatives from company’s foreign offices to the U.S. operations for up to seven years. The US office must be a parent company, sister company, or child to the foreign organization. The employee/representative must have worked for an office of the U.S. business outside of the U.S. for at least one year out of the last three years.
TN – NAFTA Professionals
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) TN visas for experts, to work in the United States. TN status allows Canadian, Mexican, and American citizens the opportunity to work in the USA or Canada fairly constrained arrangement of occupations. Within the TN set, an American, can work for up to a year at a time.
J-1 – Training and Exchange
The U.S. government issues J-1 Visas to people who participate in cultural exchange program sponsored by schools, organizations, businesses and institutions. These programs are created for student, business and industrial trainees, international visitors, teachers, scholars, research assistants and those on missions. Likewise, there are some exchange opportunities for students, including summer employment programs and internship programs for university students.
O-1 – Extraordinary Ability
The O1 is a non-immigrant employment-based visa for foreign nationals who have “extraordinary ability” and who can demonstrate the sustained national or global praise and acknowledgment for accomplishments in the education, science, sports or business. It is also available to those in television related areas of work who can show a record of “extraordinary achievement.” The “extraordinary ability” in the fields mentioned above, implies a level of expertise indicating that the individual is one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor. The USCIS has recognized that the shortage of H1B visas has caused issues for some businesses. In like manner, USCIS has been more reasonable and far-reaching in the adjudication of O-1 and has extended this classification to positions that might not have qualified for O-1 status previously.
P-1 (Internationally Recognized Athletes/Artists)
The P-1 visa is a non-immigrant type that allows foreign nationals who are to enter into the U.S. for a specific event, performance or competition. The P-1 cover individuals who compete at an globally recognized level.
You can find more information including info about the visa waiver program (vwp), F-1 student visas and more at the U. S. Department of State and USCIS websites. Our Houston immigration attorneys have successfully worked on multiple nonimmigrant visa categories and filled each nonimmigrant visa application (solicitud de visa de no inmigrante) with success.