U.S. Travel Documents | What You Need to Know

There are a lot of different ways to enter the U.S. Read on to learn more about the different travel documents available to those who wish to enter the U.S.

What Visas Do I Need for a Short-Term Stay in the U.S.?

Some of the most common types of short-stay visas the U.S. government issues are as follows:

  • Business visa: This allows foreign nationals to engage in commerce in the U.S,
  • Working holiday visa: This allows individuals to obtain temporary work here in the U.S. while they are traveling.
  • Transit visa: If you plan on passing through the United States to reach a destination outside of the country, you will need a transit visa, which generally only allows individuals to stay up to 10 days, and sometimes as short as a few hours.
  • Private visa: If you were someone who was invited to the U.S. by a U.S. resident for a private visit, you may receive a private visa.
  • Medical visa: You may obtain one if you require medical treatment/diagnostics from a specific medical professional in the U.S.
  • Tourist visa: These visas are reserved for a short period of leisure/tourist travel.
  • Athletic or artistic visa: These are reserved for competing athletes, performing artists, and the like.
  • Cultural exchange visa: Generally for athletes/artists participating in cultural exchange programs.

What Visas Do I Need for a Lond-Term Stay in the U.S.?

There are various visas the U.S. government offers to individuals who are looking to stay in the U.S. for a longer, albeit limited period of time. Those visas are as follows:

  • Refugee visa: If you are a foreign national seeking to flee significant danger in your country, such as persecution, natural disaster, or otherwise, you may receive a refugee visa.
  • Student visa: This allows foreign nationals to receive higher education here in the U.S.
  • Asylum visa: Not dissimilar to the refugee visa, asylum visas are granted to those who are fearful of persecution in their country due to race, beliefs, associations with a particular group, etc.
  • Temporary worker visa for approved employment: The most common type of worker visa is the H-1B visa.
  • Journalist visa: For journalists who wish to report for their news organizations in the U.S.

If you have any questions about the various travel documents available in the United States, contact our experienced firm.

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The H-2B Program and the Latest Updates | What to Know

When it comes to entering the United States, there are a number of ways to do so. Everyone has a different situation, so it is important to find the way that works best for you. For some, this may be through the H-2B program. Read on to learn more about the program and the latest announcement.

What is the H-2B Program?

H-2A and H-2B visa programs allow United States employers to bring foreigners to the country in order to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs. H-2B refers to the Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers program. This is a highly competitive program for many people because the United States puts a cap on the number of people who are eligible to be employed as an H-2B nonimmigrant worker each year.

What is the Process?

In order to become eligible for this program, an employer must petition for the worker they are hiring. They must prove that the United States does not have enough of their own workers who are able nor willing to do the work. It is important to know that it is only temporary work. For example, it may be seasonal work. Additionally, the petitioning employer has to prove that there will be no negative impact on wages or working conditions of U.S. workers by hiring H-2B workers. Finally, petitioning employers must go through the United States Department of Labor in order to obtain a valid temporary labor certification. This can be a difficult process, so it is best to speak with an experienced immigration attorney.

What did USCIS Announce?

According to uscis.gov, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have published a joint temporary final rule making available an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to employers who are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers. Of the supplemental visas, 6,000 are reserved for nationals of the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the H-2B program or the latest announcement, feel free to contact our firm today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What to Know About a Pending Green Card Application

If your green card application is pending, you may have a lot of questions about the process and what you can and cannot do while you wait. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding pending green card applications in Wisconsin:

What Happens if I Move While my Case is Still Pending with USCIS?

If you move while you have a case pending with USCIS, you will have to update your address within 10 days of your moving. If you fail to update your address within 10 days of the move, you may not receive crucial information about your case. You can update your address through your USCIS online account, or you can file the Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card, via the USCIS Change of Address online page.

What Happens if I Leave the United States while my Form I-485 is Pending?

Emergencies happen, but if you need to leave the United States while your case is pending, you must file the Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving. Unfortunately, if you leave the country without filing an advance parole document while you still have a pending Form I-485, you will effectively abandon your application. This will most likely mean losing your opportunity to obtain a green card.

How Long Does it Take USCIS to Process a Form I-485 in Wisconsin?

If you submit a Form I-485 in Wisconsin, your case should be processed between 6.5 months to 20.5 months. If it has been more than 20.5 months since you’ve submitted your application, feel free to reach out to our firm to discuss your case. To check the status of your pending application, you can either call USCIS at 800-375-5283 or visit USCIS’s Case Status online page and enter the receipt number you obtained after filing your Form I-485.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our firm of experienced attorneys today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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New Biometrics Rule has Been Withdrawn | What to Know

Biometrics is a major part of the immigration process. It refers to the collection of important data, such as fingerprints, photographs and/or signatures. This information is used to conduct background and security checks, among other things. Recently, a new rule regarding biometrics was proposed by the Department of Homeland Security. This rule would make the biometrics process much stricter. Read on to learn more about the rule and why it has been withdrawn.

What did the New Rule Entail?

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the new rule would have expanded department authorities and requirements for collecting biometrics by removing age restrictions and requiring the submission of biometrics for every applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual filing for, or associated with, any immigration or naturalization benefit. DHS was also looking to codify the authority to use DNA test results.

Why has the Rule Been Withdrawn?

According to uscis.gov, “DHS announced its decision to withdraw the proposed rule, originally published on Sept. 11, 2020, in a Federal Register notice. The withdrawal is consistent with the Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, and additional administration priorities to reduce barriers and undue burdens in the immigration system.” Notably, a large number of biometrics appointments were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, halting the immigration process for millions.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding biometrics or any other aspects of the immigration process, reach out to our firm today. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through the process every step of the way.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What to Know About Consular Processing in Wisconsin

Consular processing is when a person who wants to immigrate to the United States goes to their respective consulate in their country and completes the application for a green card.  This process is comprised of submitting the appropriate forms and documents to the consulate, followed by an interview at that consulate. This process can be long and complicated, so it is best to educate yourself about the process and reach out to an experienced immigration attorney. Read on to learn more.

Who is Required to Go Through Consular Processing?

Most people who want to come to the United States cannot avoid consular processing as their green card application method.  The United States very rarely allows an immigrant to enter the United States without having first completed consular processing.

It is important to first determine your eligibility. You will need to have an immigrant petition filed on your behalf. There are three general ways to qualify:

  • Family-based
  • Employment-based
  • Special Classes of Immigrants

What Happens During the Consular Interview?

You may be wondering what will happen during your interview and how you can best prepare. The consulate may notify you in writing of your interview date. At the beginning of the interview, you are required to swear to tell the truth. Your medical, criminal and financial records may also be reviewed to help determine if you are admissible into the United States. If you are applying for a green card based on the fact that you are marrying a United States citizen, the interview may include personal questions that may be designed to reveal the authenticity of the relationship and impending marriage.

It is important to know that although the interview may seem to go smoothly, you may not receive approval for the immigrant visa on the spot. This is not indicative of any negative consequence of the interview, but rather for security reasons.

What is the Time Frame for Consular Processing?

Many people wonder how long the process will take. The truth is, the time frame for consular processing depends on the complexity of the case. That being said, it generally takes 9-12 months.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, you can reach out to an experienced attorney who will walk you through it every step of the way.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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