VISAS

STUDENT VISAS

F-1 Student Visas: these visas are non-immigrant student visas that allow foreign nationals the opportunity to pursue a full-time education in the U.S. This visa can be applied to for college, university, or academic high-school programs.

M-1 Student Visas: these non-immigrant student visas allow individuals to apply to non-academic vocational institutions (other than language training programs). 

DEFERRED ACTION

DACA is a temporary reprieve from deportation for 2 years. It is not a permanent reprieve and it is NOT currently a lawful pathway to U.S. Citizenship. 

IMMIGRANT VISAS

Immigrant visas must be acquired prior to coming to the United States. This process is called “consular process.” Only after an individual enters the US with an immigrant visa may they apply for a Green Card and Lawful Permanent residence within the U.S. 

Adjustment of Status: Without having to return to the country of citizenship, an individual holding a family, employment, student, or humanitarian visa may apply for adjustment of status to pursue permanent residency and naturalization.

NON-IMMIGRANT VISAS

The list of non-immigrant visas is quite extensive but includes: Business visas, Tourist Visas, Specialty Occupation, Exchange Visitors, Fiancé, Investors, special athletes/entertainers/artists, etc. 

VICTIMS OF CRIMES (U/T VISAS)

Under the Violence Against Women’s Act, special protections are afforded to those women that have suffered domestic abuse, trafficking, or other crimes. Additionally, special status can be offered to those that assist in the capture and sentencing of criminals. 

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