Kentucky Immigration Visa Lawyers
Located in Louisville, Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC, is a full-service immigration law firm dedicated to helping people realize the dream of entering and remaining in the U.S. Our office helps people from all around the world obtain visas to live and work in places like Lexington, Paducah and cities throughout Kentucky.
Types Of Visas Available
The Immigration and Nationality Act is filled with a variety of visa options designed to meet the needs of foreign nationals. Some visas are easier to obtain than others; the waiting period for some visas may be years. Our Louisville attorneys handle all types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Below is a short list of some of the more common types. This is not a complete list and you should contact us with any questions you have about your options.
Non-Immigrant Visas — For Living Or Working In The U.S. Temporarily
- B-1 and B-2 Visitor Visas: Visitors for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2) can obtain these visas to stay in the U.S. for short durations.
- F and M Student Visas: F visas are for foreign students seeking to study full time at a U.S. school in an academic program. M visas are for foreign nationals seeking vocational study, including the study of business.
- H-1B Professional Visa: Issued to professionals who have bachelor’s degrees or equivalent experience upon petition by an employer.
- J-1 and Q-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: Often used by students, teachers, researchers and others entering the U.S. through an exchange visitor program.
- L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visa: These allow managers, employees and executives to transfer to their company’s U.S.-based parent or affiliate.
- U Visa: Available to certain crime victims who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse.
Immigrant Visa Options
For most foreign nationals who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the usual path for entry to the U.S. is through various family-based visa options. These include immigrant visas, as well as the K-1 and K-3 fiancé visas.
For foreign nationals without relatives in the U.S., employment-based visas become the best option. These are known as EB visas and include the following:
- EB-1: A visa for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability, including professors, researchers and executives.
- EB-2: A visa for those with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in the fields of art, science or business.
- EB-3: A visa for skilled workers and professionals who have received job offers in the U.S.
- EB-4: A visa available for certain religious workers.
- EB-5: Visas available to foreign nationals who want to come to the U.S. to create jobs, and who have a plan to do so. At least 10 jobs must be created.
Contact A Kentucky Lawyer To Discuss Immigration Visas
Call the Louisville immigration attorneys at Vickerstaff Law Office at 502-442-2039, toll free 888-832-2944 — or describe your immigration law problem to our lawyers using this email form. We are here to help you realize your dreams.