A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States (U.S.) generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.
Obtaining a visa to travel to Minnesota can be complex for those who are unfamiliar with the process. A Minnesota immigration attorney can help you through the process, explain the challenges, and work with you to legally overcome those challenges.
A Minnesota visa attorney can help you with all aspects of immigration law for individuals and corporations in Minnesota. These aspects include H-1B visas, L Visas, E Visas, PERM applications, labor certification, employment-based visa petitions, family-based visa petitions, and individuals who wish to become US citizens. Our law firm also represents a vast number of Foreign Medical Graduates with respect to J-1 Visa Waivers, National Interest Waivers, permanent residency, and other petitions.
A Minnesota visa attorney can help answer your questions, help you pick the right visa, and assist you throughout the visa process. Contact us to speak with a Minnesota visa attorney.
A Minnesota visa attorney can help you identify the type of visa that is needed and help you through the process. In general, there are two types of visa:
These two types of visa are discussed in more detail below.
Immigrant visas generally consist of the following:
Non-immigrant visas generally consist of the following:
|Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Non-Immigrant Visas||Visa Type||Required: Before Applying for Visa*|
|Athletes, amateur & professional (compete for prize money only)||B-1||(NA)|
|Au pairs (exchange visitor)||J||SEVIS|
|Australian professional specialty||E-3||DOL|
|Border Crossing Card: Mexico||BCC||(NA)|
|Diplomats and foreign government officials||A||(NA)|
|Domestic employees or nanny -must be accompanying a foreign national employer||B-1||(NA)|
|Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO||G1-G5, NATO||(NA)|
|Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S.||A-2
|Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics||O||USCIS|
|Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professionals: Chile, Singapore||H-1B1||DOL|
|International cultural exchange visitors||Q||USCIS|
|Medical treatment, visitors for||B-2||(NA)|
|NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada||TN/TD||(NA)|
|Nurses coming to health professional shortage areas||H1-C||USCIS|
|Performing athletes, artists, entertainers||P||USCIS|
|Physician||J , H-1B||SEVIS|
|Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)||J||SEVIS|
|Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge||H-1B||DOL then USCIS|
|Students: academic, vocational||F, M||SEVIS|
|Temporary agricultural workers||H-2A||DOL then USCIS|
|Temporary workers performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.||H-2B||DOL then USCIS|
|Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors||B2||(NA)|
|Training in a program not primarily for employment||H-3||USCIS|
|Treaty traders/treaty investors||E||(NA)|
|Transiting the United States||C||(NA)|
|Visa Renewals – Available in the U.S.||(NA)|
*What the abbreviations (above) mean:
Before applying for a visa at a U.S. Embassy abroad the following is required:
A work visa is a way for immigrants to be temporarily granted access to the United States for the purposes of employment. Every year over 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are given out to applicants.
In order to non-citizens to study in the U.S., they need to obtain a student visa. A student visa allows a foreign student to attend a qualified institution in the United States but does not permit them to immigrant to the U.S. permanently.