Generally, one can think of a visa like a ticket to come into the United States. That is distinct from “status”, which is what actually provides a foreign national the ability to be in the country. Though lawful status can be obtained in the U.S., a visa is applied for through a U.S. consulate or embassy outside of the country.
Visas are usually required for noncitizen entrants into the United States, except for those who already have green cards, and those who are citizens of other countries which are members of the “Visa Waiver” program.
There are many different kinds of visas to come to the United States, both temporarily and permanently. Temporary U.S. visas include those for people visiting on business or pleasure, professional and other workers, students, international corporate transferees, investors, outstanding individuals in virtually any field, and others. Some of these visa classifications are also described more fully on this website under the Employment Immigration Section.
The U.S. immigration attorneys at Surowitz Immigration, P.C. have a strong track record of assisting employers and individuals obtain successful visa outcomes in the San Francisco area, and around the world. If you feel that you may qualify for a visa category, please contact us online or call one of our offices to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced visa attorneys to discuss the general appropriateness of the visa process as related to your particular circumstances.