WELCOME TO THE U.S.A.
The USA is a Federal Republic of 50 States with Canada and Mexico as neighbors. The USA count a population of about 316 million and with a GDP equivalent to a quarter of the world total it is the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP.
The USA are a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a founding member of the Organization of American States (UAS) as well as a member of various other Pan-American and international organizations.
Yes, it is referred to as L-1 Work Visa.
Applying for an L-1 Work Visa involves 2 steps:
- Step 1: The employer must file a petition with USCIS requesting an approval for L-1 classification (to authorise employee to work in the US).
- Step 2: Once the L-1 petition is approved, the employee can apply for an L-1 visa at a US Representation abroad.
The L-1 (ICT) work visa itself is divided in 2 categories: L-1A visas and L-1B visas.
L-1A visas: are for employees who are coming to the U.S. in a managerial function. These employees manage either people or processes. It is not necessary for these employees to currently be managers to be eligible for L-1A visa classification but the proposed U.S. job MUST be a managerial position.
L-1B visas: are for employees who are coming to the U.S. and who have highly specialised (‘critical’) skills.
To qualify, the applicant must comply with the following:
- Have been employed, outside the US, as an executive (L-1A) or a person with specialised skills (L-1B) for a minimum of 1 to 3 years and who are transferred to the US to be employed in a similar position.
- The ‘receiving entity’ (company in the US the employee is being transferred to) must be a branch, subsidiary, affiliate or joint-venture partner.
- The ‘sending entity’ must remain in operation during the duration of the L-1 visa.
They are no quota limits on L-1 visas.
It is a ‘non-immigrant’ visa reserved for investors (foreign nationals) and is referred to as a “Treaty Investors B-2 Visa” because the home country of the applicant must have a treaty with the US for the applicant to qualify. The ‘investor’ must prove that he/she had invested a substantial financial amount AND created jobs in the US.
You will apply at the US Representation abroad. The US Department of States is the Government office responsible for issuing student visas.
There are 2 types of Study Visa:
- The F-1 visa: for foreigners wanting to go to the US for academic studies and/or language training programs.
- The M-1 visa: for foreigners wanting to go for non-academic or vocational studies.
It actually depends. You can of course go to visit your fiancé on a B-2 visa; however, you also have the option to apply for a K-1 “Fiancé Visa” should you intend to get married within 90 days of your arrival in the US. You can enter the US and marry your (US citizen) fiancé – within 90 days – And then you can apply IN COUNTRY to change the K visa to a green card.
Not quite. Once you get married you will get a “2 year conditional Green Card” which will give you a CONDITIONAL permanent residence status. If after the 2 years period the marriage is still in existence then the foreign-national spouse may apply for a 10-year, non-conditional Green Card and eventually US citizenship.
Your wife is eligible for a “V” visa: V-1 is for spouse and V-2 is for children of a US PR holder.
A foreigner can apply for permanent residence in the US based on relative in the following circumstances:
- The foreigner is an immediate relative to a US citizen. Are considered “immediate” relatives: parents, spouses and children under the age of 21.
- The foreigner is an unmarried son or daughter of a US citizen.
- The foreigner is a married son or daughter of a US citizen.
- Brothers and sisters of a US citizen.
Yes. The U.S. have legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Married same-sex couples now enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples. Same Sex marriages, if legal where made, are now recognized as valid marriages under the US immigration laws. Therefore, “K” and “V” visas will apply for a spouse in same-sex marriages as well.
Actually, strangely enough, this is not the case as only a few states in the United States recognize common-law marriages (or ‘life partnership’). Therefore, accompanying life partner are advised to apply in their own right.