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Question #1 – B-1 Temporary Business Visitor
How long can someone stay in US on a Business Visa (B1/B2)?
Answer #1 – You may receive a Visitor Visa valid for 10 years; however, the maximum duration of stay in the United States on a B1/B2 visa is 6 months.
Question #2 – Students and Employment
Can a foreign student obtain employment while studying at a US university?
Answer #2 – Generally, all employment is contingent on remaining within the terms and restrictions of your F-1 visa. There are several categories of employment during the term of your stay as an F-1 student in the United States. To further discuss your specific situation, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Question #3 – Visa Interview
If I do not speak English, when I go to my interview for my visa, will a translator be provided for me or will I need to provide one myself?
Answer #3 – It depends upon the type of visa you are applying for and from where you are applying for the visa. Most Consulates have counters were different languages are spoken. If you are applying in the U.S., when you go to your visa interview, you will need to provide a translator for yourself. This translator should not be an interested party in your case.
Question #4 – Criminal Convictions
Will a criminal conviction impair my ability to receive a temporary visa?
Answer #4 – It depends upon the type of criminal conviction. Depending upon the seriousness of the criminal conviction, it is possible to be inadmissible and/or deportable for certain criminal convictions – crimes of moral turpitude, crimes involving domestic violence. You should speak with an Immigration Attorney to further discuss your situation.
Question #5 – Advance Parole (AP)
If my Advance Parole is about to expire and I do not plan to travel outside of the US within the next year, do I have to renew it?
Answer #5 – No; however, it may be a good idea to renew it – just in case, as you never know when things may happen that require you to travel abroad with short notice.
Question #6 – H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa
Is there any limit to how many times I can apply for an H1B transfer?
Answer #6 – No.
Question #7 – L-1 Intracompany Transferee Work Visa
Can spouses of L-1 visa-holders work in the US?
Answer #7 – Yes, spouses of L-1 nonimmigrant visa holders are eligible to apply for L-2 dependent nonimmigrant visa status which allows for employment authorization.
Question #8 – Green Card
Is there a set period that I must live and work in the United States before I can apply for a Green Card?
Answer #8 – No. Employers may in fact sponsor applicants overseas for employment-based green card sponsorship.
Family members may also sponsor applicants overseas for family-based green card sponsorship.
In these cases, overseas applicants will receive a temporary LPR stamp at the Consular Interview allowing them to travel to the U.S. Once in the U.S. and the immigrant visa fee paid, the physical Green Card will be mailed to the applicant at the U.S. address as listed on the Consular Processing forms.
Question #9 – Green Card – Employment Based Immigration
Does anyone with an Advanced Degree qualify for an EB-2 Category I-140?
Answer #9 – No. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to further discuss your eligibility.
Question #10 – Green Card – Family Based Immigration
If I applied for an I-130 outside of the US, do I have to come to the US for my interview appointment?
Answer #10 – If you filed from outside of the U.S., and are still presently outside of the U.S., then you would attend an interview at the Consulate/Embassy, not in the U.S.
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