Permanent & Temporary Visas
Decide Which One Works Best with Our Help
Carlson & Burnett can help you figure out if you need a permanent or temporary visa. When you want to enter the country, you will need one or the other in some form, but there are many options. As your chosen Omaha permanent and temporary visa lawyers, it will be our job to guide you through the immigration process from start to finish, so you can be confident that you are making the right decision.
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Using a Nonimmigrant Visa
A “temporary” visa is technically a nonimmigrant visa. You will likely need to use a nonimmigrant/temporary visa if you have limited business to attend in the country before leaving again. All temporary visas have an expiration date, but some can be extended several times or indefinitely, depending on your reasons for staying longer. The trade-off for only getting temporary admittance into the U.S. is that nonimmigrant visas sometimes do not require sponsorship and can, therefore, be easier to receive.
There are several different types of temporary visas, including:
- Employment-related: There are many situations when a foreign specialist can enter the country for temporary employment, such as working with a company until a new project is completed. A temporary work visa – like the popular H-1B and H-2A visas – can be used to accomplish this goal. There are also several other options, including but not limited to O-1, P-1A, TN, and L-1A visas.
- Education-related: To complete higher education and broaden your career horizons, you might want to study in the United States at one of the country’s many prestigious universities and colleges. You can use a temporary/nonimmigrant visa to stay for the projected duration of your study, such as two years to complete a degree. F, M, and J visas are usually the first choices for an immigrant looking to temporarily enter the country for an education.
- Visitation-related: When you want to enter the country for recreation or personal family reasons, such as going on vacation or visiting distant relatives, a temporary visitor visa could be your best choice.
Visa What Can a Permanent Visa Do?
When you want to come to the United States and start a life here, a temporary visa will not be ideal. Instead, you will want to consider using an immigrant visa to become a lawful permanent resident. Lawful permanent residents hold the coveted “Green card” and are entitled to live, work, and travel to and from the United States. As with nonimmigrant visas, permanent visas can be obtained through various channels like your family connections, occupation, and more.
There are three key benefits of becoming a permanent resident with a Green Card:
- You can find and keep permanent residency in the United States without worrying about your visa expiring or needing frequent renewal.
- You can begin a career in any field and most occupations in the country.
- You can travel to and from the United States with far fewer restrictions that those on temporary visas.
Permanent or Temporary Visa? Let Us Help You Decide
Carlson & Burnett in Omaha is here to help you sort through the details of filing for a nonimmigrant or an immigrant visa. Whether you want to enter the United States for a few years to work or would like to begin a lifelong career here, we are the legal team you can trust to provide genuine guidance and legal support when it counts. It is our passion to help people from all walks of life discover their immigration options and pursue the dream they have always envisioned for themselves.
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