Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions about the laws of immigration
What is the difference between an immigrant visa and a nonimmigrant visa?
An immigrant visa allows the person to apply for permanent residency. A nonimmigrant visa allows the person to be in the US for a certain amount of time.
What kind of temporary immigrant (nonimmigrant) visas are there?
There are several types of nonimmigrant visas that allow you to stay in the US for a certain amount of time. Temporary immigrant visas allow immigrants to visit, conduct business, study and some allows you to work in the US.
How do I obtain permanent residence or a green card?
The card known as a green card is evidence of your legal status as a permanent resident. Permanent residency gives you the right to live and work permanently in the US and eventually apply for citizenship.
Permanent residency can be obtained by:
- Family members
- Marrying a citizen
Contact an immigration lawyer to see other ways to immigrate.