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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What Does USCIS Say About Vaccines? | What to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in serious travel restrictions and caused extended delays to the immigration process. Now that vaccines are rolling out, restrictions are being lifted. Read on to learn about the latest announcements from the CDC and USCIS.

Due to CDC guidelines, USCIS has updated its policies, stating, “fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear a face covering. Individuals two years old and older who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a face covering.” You will be considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least two weeks since the second shot of your two-dose vaccine, or two weeks since your one-dose shot.

USCIS has announced that they have “eased other requirements for fully vaccinated individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Those who have returned from domestic air, international air or cruise ship travel in the past 10 days may enter USCIS facilities if they are fully vaccinated. Individuals who have been in close contact (within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with anyone known to have COVID-19 in the previous 14 days may also enter USCIS facilities if they are fully vaccinated. Healthcare workers who consistently wear an N95 respirator and proper personal protective equipment or equivalent when in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals continue to be exempt from reporting close contact.”

If you have any questions or concerns about traveling at this time, our firm is here to help. Reach out to speak with an experienced immigration law attorney 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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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 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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What to Know About Naturalization Ceremonies in Wisconsin

One of the last steps of becoming a citizen involves attending a naturalization ceremony. Read on to learn more about naturalization ceremonies, what they entail, and what you can expect.

Are There Different Types of Naturalization Ceremonies?

There are two types of naturalization ceremonies: the administrative ceremony and the judicial ceremony. Though both ceremonies involve taking the Oath of Allegiance, the Oath is administered differently between the two. In an administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath, while in the judicial ceremony, the court will administer the Oath. While there is a chance you can have your naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview, there is also a chance that ceremonies will be unavailable immediately after your interview. If this is the case, USCIS will mail you a notice with the location, date, and time of your naturalization ceremony.

What if I Cannot Attend the Ceremony?

If for some reason, you are unable to attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony, you may return the notice to your local USCIS office, including a letter giving your reasoning for why you cannot attend, as well as request a new date for the ceremony to take place. While this is acceptable once, you should know that if you fail to appear more than once, your application may be denied. However, if there are some sort of outstanding circumstances that require your absence from the ceremony, you should speak with an experienced immigration attorney.

What do I Need to do When I Arrive at the Naturalization Ceremony?

Once you arrive, you will check in with USCIS. Next, you will provide a USCIS officer with the answers you gave to the questionnaire, Form N-455, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. You will then return your Permanent Resident Card, as you will no longer need it once you take the Oath and receive the Certificate of Naturalization. Upon receiving the Certificate, ensure you check it over for any potential errors.

What Are Some Benefits of U.S. Citizenship?

Those who are granted citizenship now have the power to apply for passports, vote, and update their Social Security records, among other things. Additionally, you may be able to help family members gain citizenship.

If you have any questions regarding naturalization ceremonies in Wisconsin, contact our firm to speak with an experienced attorney.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

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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