About U.S. Visas

About U.S. Visas

If you are a foreign national who wishes to come to the United States, the process may seem a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. As someone who desires to visit the U.S., you’ll need to become familiar with U.S. visas and how to obtain one, and we can assist you with that endeavor.

To help you better understand U.S. visas, we are providing a brief explanation below. If you have further questions or need legal guidance with an immigration matter, don’t hesitate to contact our Plano immigration attorneys.

Obtaining a U.S. Visa

If a citizen of a foreign country wishes to enter the United States, generally he or she will need to obtain a U.S. visa first. U.S. visas are placed in the foreign national’s passport, which is a travel document that the traveler obtains from their home country.

Depending on the traveler’s native country, they may be able to come to the United States without a U.S. visa, providing he or she meets the requirements. Such a person would be able to enter the United States “visa-free.” We encourage you to ask us about visa-free travel.

Note: If you are a U.S. citizen, naturally, you wouldn’t need a U.S. visa to travel, however, if you’re traveling abroad, you may need a visa that is issued from the embassy of the country that you are planning on visiting. If you are travelling outside the U.S., you will need to familiarize yourself with the visa requirements of that country.

Entering the United States with a Visa

By obtaining a U.S. visa, you can travel to one of our ports of entry, airports, or land border crossings, and request permission to enter the United States. You would be asking permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector.

Please be aware that having a visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed into the United States, but it certainly increases your chances. A U.S. visa shows that a consular officer at U.S. Consulate or Embassy overseas found you eligible to enter the United States.

The DHS/CBP inspectors are considered to be America’s “guardians.” They are responsible for protecting our border, and admitting travelers to the U.S. for specific purposes for set periods of time. DHS is also the agency responsible for your immigration matters while you visit the United States.

There are different types of visas. The type of visa you obtain will depend upon your purpose for traveling to the U.S. The two main categories of visas are:

  • Nonimmigrant visas: These are for people who travel to the United States for a temporary stay.
  • Immigrant visas: These are for people who travel to the United States to live her permanently.

If you are interested in obtaining a nonimmigrant or an immigrant visa, please contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. We are happy to help you with all of your immigration needs.