Immigration into the United States from Foreign Countries
It is every person dream to go and live in the United States since it is one of the best countries in the world currently. Any foreign citizen who may wish to live in the United States permanently has to obtain an immigrant visa before attempting any other step. This means that one can only become a lawful permanent resident of the United States after obtaining the immigrant visa. The steps of obtaining an immigrant visa are long and require complex decisions to be made before it is granted. Most immigrants into the U.S. get visas from family or employment categories hence this is the most common area of immigrant visas.
Each year, some of the immigrant categories are given limited numbers by the law meaning that each country is limited on the number of immigrants that can be accepted for a particular year. If the number of qualified applicants in any of the categories exceeds the number of available immigrant visas, then a waiting list is created to enable more time to issue the visas. Immigrant visas are then given with regard to the priority dates meaning that they are issued in the chronological order in which the applicants filed for consideration.
The whole process of getting an immigrant visa starts with the applicant’s petition where he/she applies for an immigrant visa. After the submission of the petition, if it is approved then the applicant can continue to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing where he/she chooses an agent and pays the required fees. After this, the forms are then collected and submitted to the NVC after which the applicant is then able to submit the Visa Application Form. This is followed by the collection of financial documents and any other supporting documents at the NVC after which the applicant is called for an interview. The applicant is then informed after the interview if he/she is successful and if their application for an immigrant visa has been approved or denied.
After approval of the visa, the immigrant is provided with a passport that contains the visa and a sealed immigrant packet that has to be presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The immigrant also has to make sure that he/she travels to the U.S. before the expiry date of the visa that is printed on. However, having a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States since the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as officers from the Department Of Homeland Security, have jurisdiction to either deny or grant entry into the United States.