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What Is an Immigrant Visa?

An immigration visa is a type of document that can be obtained from the U.S. consular officer abroad. It gives an individual the right to enter the U.S. as a permanent resident with authorization to live, work and travel as you please, generally. While getting a “green card” is the ultimate goal for many immigrants, becoming a U.S. Citizen is the ultimate prize but every step of the process needs to be navigated correctly.


It is important to understand the rules and regulation in order to avoid mistakes in the application process, which may have a devastating impact. It is highly recommended that you enlist the services of an attorney who is both experienced and who has proven himself successful. With more than 35 years of experience in helping thousands of families, Los Angeles immigration lawyer Henry Haddad is here to provide you with the best legal representation.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you throughout this process.

Applying for an Immigrant Visa

The first step in getting an immigrant visa is to submit a petition. Generally, there are five methods of obtaining an immigrant visa/status, with the most common falling under family reunification. Depending on the situation you find yourself in, you should understand what these methods are so that you may decide which direction is best for you.

The following types of U.S. citizens can be sponsors for an immigrant visa:

A petition filed by an immediate family member who is a U.S. Citizen or lawful resident under some circumstances

An investment-based petition


An employment-based petition filed by a U.S. Company

An asylum petition

If your petition is approved by the USCIS, you will be allowed to apply for a visa or change of status if you are already in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa such as a tourist visa. During the stages that follow, you will need to submit many different documents and information, in addition you will have to pay Visa fees. Because there are a limited number of immigrant visas that are allowed per year, each classification of immigration may be subject to waiting periods or quotas.

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The immigration laws and regulations in the United States are notoriously complicated and difficult to navigate. Let our Los Angeles immigration lawyer take away the stress and confusion by supporting you with his informed insight and experience. We are committed to our clients and to providing you with the best legal service to achieve the American Dream.

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