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Visitor Visas
(B1 Visa, B2 and J1 Visas, Change of Status, Extension of Stay in the US)

The Immigration and Nationality Act defines a visitor for purposes of immigration as "an alien (other than one coming for the purpose of study or of performing skilled or unskilled labor or as a representative of foreign press, radio, film, or other foreign information media coming to engage in such vocation) having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning and who is visiting the United States temporarily for business or temporarily for pleasure."

Tourists, business people, and exchange visitors need a visa to legally visit and stay in the United States. An applicant wishing to obtain a visitor visa must have a passport, valid for six months beyond the duration of the proposed visit, one passport-size photograph, (see the new nonimmigrant visas photograph requirements) and proof of social, economic, professional or other compelling ties to a residence outside the United States to which the foreign national will be expected to return after the visit. Click on the links below to learn more about the different types of nonimmigrant visas.

The LL.M. Law Group understands that obtaining a visitor visa to the United States can sometimes be difficult. Please click on one of the following links to learn more about how the LL.M. Law Group can help you start traveling, and stop worrying.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the tragedy that befell the U.S. on September 11, 2001, and the recent Iraqi conflict, security is extremely tight at all ports of entry and throughout the United States. The Department of Homeland Security and other government officials are warning travelers to expect delays at all U.S. ports, whether by land, sea or air. Customs and immigration officials are placing extra scrutiny on travel documents, enhancing identification checks and asking more questions. Recently, the Department of State announced a worldwide alert to American citizens, especially those overseas. All U.S. embassies and consulates remain at a heightened state of alert and more than 20 offices have already been closed. Additional facilities may temporarily close or suspend public service from time to time for security reasons. This could seriously inhibit U.S. and foreign travelers from entering the United States for business or pleasure.



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