If you wish to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time, a non-immigrant visa permits you to travel to a U.S. port
of entry and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security to visit for a specific purpose. That purpose might
be work, schooling, a conference, etc., or to visit the country, friends or family.
A non-immigrant visa differs
from an immigrant visa in that the non-immigrant visa only allows a person to enter temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa
holder can enter and stay permanently.
The length of time someone can stay in the U.S. depends on the
visa status under which they are admitted (for example, specialty occupation). And a person admitted in one status can often
change their status in order to stay longer--or to perform different activities. For instance, a medical school student may
want to change his or her status to an employer-sponsored non-immigrant visa once they graduate and find employment (assuming
their new employer will sponsor them). Several types of non-immigrant visas also allow a person to extend their status and
thereby extend their stay in the U.S.
The process can sometimes be confusing and complicated. Our firm can make
it much easier, determining the visa category that is right for you and assisting you with changing status from your current
category to the new category. In appropriate cases, we can also obtain legal status and work authorization for your dependent
The following is a brief list of the most commonly used temporary working visa categories:R-1 Religious Workers
The R-1 visa permits religious workers to come to the U.S. to take on
a religious occupation and perform services for their religious organization. The religious organization must already be established
in the United States.
Find out about MANY other means of obtaining a non-immigrant visa to the U.S., by contacting us
today to arrange a free consultation.