Top 10 Things you need to know about immigration

Top 10 Things you need to know about immigration

While there are hundreds of laws and bylaws about immigration, depending on where you're going and where you're coming from, there are some basic principles that you will want to learn about in order to get an idea of what immigration will entail and how it will affect you.

1. You can enter the US for up to 90 days without a visa in certain cases if you are not considered a threat to national security, though this condition can change.

2. Green cards - These are obtained by those that wish to become permanent residents of the US.

3. Employment visas - These are issued to those that wish to work in the US for an extended period of time, but these people will need to be sponsored by a US company.

4. Visas - These permits are necessary if you want to come into the US for a temporary basis or for an extended period of time and you're not a legal citizen. They can be extended for special circumstances and can also be obtained to apply for permanent residency.

5. Non-immigrant visa - If you're looking to come to the US, but you're not planning on staying, you will need to apply at the US Consulate for this kind of visa. In these cases, you will need to prove that you can earn money and that you plan on returning to your home country.

6. Business visas- If you want to bring over temporary foreign employees, they will need to have business visas.

7. Tourist visas - Just like the name implies, those that want to tour the US can apply for a visa for an extended period of time.

8. Student visas - Also fairly obvious from the name of the visa, but these are issued when a person will be attending a qualified learning institution.

9. When handling immigration affairs, be sure to document each step, copying original documents and keeping track of the people that you speak to. Registered mail is always a good ‘insurance' as well.

10. Be patient with immigration. There are many people who are apply for visas each day, and sometimes you will get frustrated. When you take the time to read about the requirements and follow them precisely, you can avoid any unnecessary waiting.

The horror stories that you can hear about immigration are generally from people that were not legally able to immigrate or travel for some reason. Being truthful in your applications and providing the proper documents can help to speed up your response time.

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