Migrating To Another Country: What Are The Visa Eligibility Requirements?

By: Emily Wilson

Immigrant visas in the United States are granted to foreign nationals who aim to reside in the country on a permanent basis. In contrast, nonimmigrant visas are for those nonimmigrant’s who want to come to the US for short-term purposes: medical treatment, study, tourism, or business. To have a less complicated and seamless application procedure, you can hire genuine immigration consultants in Abu Dhabi.

More about Immigrant Visa

In a majority of instances, a company or family member sponsors the foreign national by filling up a visa application form with USCIS. Applicants like investors, skilled employees, or special migrants can apply on their own behalf.

Later, the visa application form is sent to the apt US Embassy/Consulate overseas for continuous processing and issuance of the immigrant visa to the aspiring migrant if they meet the requirements.

The aspiring migrants need to show the immigrant visa at a US port of entry before it expires. An aspiring immigrant becomes a legal permanent resident after the analysis of the visa and all the documents by a CBP (Customs and Border Protection) official.

Can We Travel Overseas Visa-Free?

The United States policy allows residents of some nations to travel to the US visa-free. The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of selected nations to apply for entry into the US for 90 days or less.

It is important for the applicant to have a round-trip ticket during the application process. The round trip ticket will send the applicant out of the US to any other overseas port or location on the condition that the trip doesn’t lay off in neighboring territory. 

Also, the Visa Waiver Program applicants might not submit an application to change status to a migrant or another nonimmigrant category or lengthen their stay further than the 90-day period.

Three Major Requirements to Be an Immigrant

1.      Your age should be at least 18 years when you are applying for an Immigrant Visa.
2.      You must have lived constantly for a specific period in the US.
3.      You must have been an authorized permanent resident for the past 3 or 5 years. It depends on the naturalization category you are applying under.

Vital Immigrant Visa Documents

1.      A passport with a validity of 6 months beyond your planned date of admission into the US.
2.      Recent colored photographs of the applicant.
3.      Birth certificate
4.      Police Clearance certificate
5.      Marriage certificate
6.      Employment letter

Visa Interview

An interview is also a crucial part of the immigrant visa application process. You need to bring all essential documents or certificates to the visa interview. If you are unable to present all the vital documents, then it might lead to delay or rejection of the application. Authentic Immigration Consultants in Dubai can assist you by making you aware of all the essential documents needed for the visa interview.

In case you fail to attend the scheduled interview, give a call to the US consulate as soon as you can. If you don’t reach them within 1 year of getting your interview appointment letter, your immigration request might be annulled.