Foreign nationals in general may need a visa to visit or live in the United States. Only nationals from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program do not need a visa before arriving in the US.
A visa is a stamp or document in your passport that gives you the right to travel to the US. We help handle application processing for US Immigrant Visas, reducing errors and boosting your chances of visa acceptance.
It is important to note that a US Visa does not automatically grant you entry into the United States. Your visa application may be accepted, but you will still be subject to examination when you arrive in the USA. Your entry status will be determined by officials at any US point of entry.
Generally, your entry to the United States will be approved if you meet all of the entry requirements. In addition to those requirements, you may not pose a threat to the United States, its residents or visitors.
There are multiple types of US Visas, ranging from K-1 Fiancée Visas to temporary work permit visas. Generally, US Visas are separated into two major categories:
- US Non-immigrant Visas
- US Immigrant Visas
This page focuses specifically on United States Immigrant Visas.
What Is an Immigrant Visa?
Immigrant Visas are for foreign nationals that wish to live permanently in the US. It is the first step to become a lawful permanent resident, also known as a Green Card holder.
Green Card holders are allowed to live and work in the US while their visa is valid. Some Immigrant Visas do not contain an expiration date, but the majority are valid for 10 years. Contrary to Non-immigrant visa holders, Green Card holders are not required to leave the USA upon visa validity expiration.
Permanent resident status can be revoked for reasons such as immigration fraud, abandonment of the status or criminal activity.
With a Green Card you can travel in and out of the United States anytime you like. They are valid for re-entry to the US after traveling abroad if your stay is less than 1 year. A re-entry permit is required If your trip will last longer than 1 year.
Immigrant Visas holders can apply for US citizenship after five years of living in the United States as a permanent resident.
Types of US Immigrant Visas
The two major categories of US immigrant visas include:
- Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored US Immigrant Visas
- Employer-Sponsored US Immigrant Visas
What Is an Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored Visa?
An Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored Visa allows you to join a close family permanently living in the United States. You may be eligible to apply if your parents, fiancé or spouse is currently a permanent resident of the US.
There are multiple types of Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored Visas. You need to choose the correct visa, depending on which family member is living in the United States.
Below, you’ll find the names of all available Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored US Immigrant Visas, along with a brief description of each.