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Temporary Visas

In addition to assisting employers with sponsorship of foreign nationals for temporary work visas, the attorneys at Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi regularly assist foreign nationals directly with initial, extension, or change of a temporary visa status. A “nonimmigrant visa” is a visa issued to a foreign national seeking to enter the United States on a temporary basis for a specific, stated purpose. Nonimmigrant visa holders may enter the U.S. only for an allotted temporary period, and, upon arrival in the US, the visa holder is limited to engage in only the activity for which the visa was issued. The most common types of visa categories of individuals requesting our assistance are F-1 visa students and B-1 or B-2 visa visitors.

We regularly assist foreign nationals directly with initial, extension, or change of a temporary visa status

Our expertise and representation covers all aspects of the temporary visa application process, starting with assistance in applying for a particular visa category at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. The purpose of the intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law and what documentation the U.S. Embassy or Consulate will require in determining eligibility for the particular visa category. We can further assist the foreign national with applying for an extension of status or a change of status application once in the United States.

The general requirements for temporary visa holders seeking to enter the U.S. comprise the following:

  •  The purpose of the visit must be for a temporary, specifically defined period time and the foreign national must maintain an intent to depart the US at the end of the authorized stay;
  • Must be in possession of a valid passport;
  • Must maintain foreign residence;
  • May be required to show proof of financial support;
  • Must be admissible to the United States or have obtained a waiver for any ground of inadmissibility;  and,
  • Must abide by the terms and conditions of admission.

Temporary Visas



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