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Considering your nonimmigrant visa options

Your intentions for entering the U.S. play a major role in the type of immigration authorization that you are required to apply for. An immigrant visa is appropriate in instances where you plan to live in the United States on a permanent basis. However, a nonimmigrant visa is necessary in cases where you intend to only work temporarily in the country. It is also important to keep in mind that the type and nature of your work can dictate the kind of nonimmigrant visa that you should apply for. We here at Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., are willing and able to help our clients navigate the nonimmigrant visa application process, and choose the option that is right for them.

As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explains, you can be issued a nonimmigrant visa for several reasons, including business, tourism and temporary work. Immigration guidelines outline the type of nonimmigrant visa that coincides with your reason for travel. As a result, you may be required to submit certain documentation and authorization before applying for your nonimmigrant visa.

If you are planning to enter the U.S. for a work-related reason, it is helpful to consider the type of work that you perform, as well as other factors like the amount of time you intend to spend in the country. For instance, as an artistperformer, entertainer or athlete who needs to enter the country in order to participate in a performance or competition, an O-1 or P-1 visa might be the appropriate option for you. If you are being transferred to an affiliate or subsidiary company in the U.S. as the executive or manager of a foreign company, however, you may want to apply for what is called an intercompany transferee visa.

Choosing the right kind of nonimmigrant visa to apply for is an important step in entering the United States without inconvenience or disruption. Learn more about work permits and other nonimmigrant visa topics by visiting our website today.

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