If you want to work and live in the USA, you will need a residence permit that has to be obtained from the competent U.S. consulate before entering the USA. This can be challenging: Over time, extremely sophisticated immigration and residence laws have evolved in the United States.
There are different visa types depending on the type of activity you are planning to perfom in the USA. There are U.S. business visas that are particularly suitable for entrepreneurs, who wish to invest or engage in business in the USA (e.g. E1 visa, E2 visa, L1 visa, B1 visa). Other U.S. visas are especially appropriate for talented artists, athletes or scientists. There is also a certain U.S. visa for representatives of the press and broadcasting industries.
In order to apply for a U.S. visa there are a few steps to take, which might slightly differ depending on the visa category. However, the general procedure is the following:
- Choosing the right U.S. visa category for your project
- Compiling all necessary documents and certificates
- Contacting the U.S. consulate
- Interview at the U.S. consulate
- Issuance of your American visa
How fast you get a visa depends on the visa category. Decisive factors are also, for example, how quickly you get an appointment at the consulate or when you apply for the visa. Usually the processing time is between a few weeks and a few months.
The requirements for being allowed to live and work in the USA are high. A U.S. visa application is often rejected for lack of proper preparation. Given the importance of their U.S. business, especially companies cannot afford delays of this kind. We will be very pleased to help you get through the American visa application procedure without trouble. Our fee for a detailed initial consultation that refers to your specific case is fair and moderate.
For the subsequent preparation and support throughout the whole application procedure for all visa categories, we offer our clients billing based on hourly rates with minute-based billing as well as fixed fees on request. For companies that would like to apply for several visas at the same time or need our support on a regular basis, we will be happy to prepare an individual offer taking into account our special company discounts.
In a first discussion with you, our U.S. visa lawyer will be glad to clarify which visa will be most appropriate for your project and whether you fulfill the required preconditions. We will be pleased to assist you - here on-site at the German U.S. consulate in Frankfurt, at one of our other office locations, over the phone or via (browser-based) video conferencing.
Do you have any questions regarding U.S. immigration law? Are you planning to post workers in the USA? Are you interested in obtaining a green card? We support your U.S. project as a strategic partner and assist you even after a successful entry to the USA with our legal and tax expertise.
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