inside immigration information about marriage green cards and work visas in America
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Lawful Permanent Residence through Relatives
To find out who can be on the waiting list and how long it might take, make sure you check the Visa Bulletin, which is a free report that is issued monthly.
Lawful Permanent Residence through an American Employer
An American employer may file an I-140 petition for you to be on the green card (permanent resident) waiting list. Wait times and processing of the employer sponsored green card range from 2 to 10 years. Foreign nationals are not allowed to wait inside the USA unless they obtain some other type of temporary visa. To find out how long it might take, check the Visa Bulletin.
Lawful Permanent Residence through Investment
Temporary Work Visa
An American employer may file a request for a temporary Work Visa for you. Most of the temporary American work visas allow foreign nationals to enter and work in America for time periods extending from 6 months to 7 years. Most work visas require a 4 year college degree:
Other work visas (J-1 Visa, M Visa, H-2B Visa, H-3 Visa) may not require a college degree (we do not handle these).
It would be good to figure out which work visas you may be eligible for before applying for a job with an American employer. If you are having difficulty figuring out which work visa you might be eligible for, you may find it helpful to hire an immigration attorney to help you figure it out.
Temporary Student Visa
A foreign national may enroll in an American school while still living abroad and the school will help obtain an F-1 Student Visa to enter the USA and attend school. American schools can be contacted directly through their websites.