Tampa Visa Attorney: FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Immigration
For those who are unfamiliar with immigration law, immigration can be a
complex and highly confusing subject. There are specific laws which dictate
which visas are available, the qualifications for obtaining those visas,
and the process which must be followed to be granted a visa. Knowing which
of the multiple visas available would best suit your needs, understanding
the difference between an
immigrant visa and a
non-immigrant visa, and correctly filling out the application can mean the difference in
your visa application being approved or denied.
In order to assist you, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked
questions our attorneys have received. If you have additional questions about
immigration or need to apply for a
visa, contact a Tampa immigration lawyer at our firm right away.
What types of visas are available if I want to come to the U.S. for a visit
or temporary stay?
If you wish to visit the United States temporarily or be granted entry
for a very specific period of time, you will need a non-immigrant visa.
Some of the most common types of non-immigrant visas are a
student visa (should you be looking to further your education and skills),
business investor visas (if you are planning on coming to the U.S. to invest in a business), or
a travel visa (if you wish to do some traveling in the U.S.).
What type of visa should I get if I want to become a permanent U.S. resident?
Depending on your current immigration status or situation, there are a
number of visas available to foreign nationals wishing to permanently
immigrate to the United States. There is a
fiancée visa (if you are a foreign national engaged to a U.S. citizen),
family visas (if you have or are the relative of a U.S. citizen and wish to immigrate
to the U.S.), a
work visa (if you have unique skills or requirements which make you a hot commodity
in a particular field or industry), and more.
How long will my green card remain valid?
Permanent residency, obtained through a
green card, allows a foreign national to live in work in the United States on a potentially
indefinite basis. When a green card is first issued it is often a temporary
green card and is valid for two years. After the first two years, providing
you have not been convicted of any criminal activity and have maintained
your eligibility status, you can apply for a
permanent residence visa which is valid for ten years.
Once I obtain a green card, what do I need in order to obtain citizenship
through naturalization ?
Once an individual has been granted a green card, and if they wish to obtain U.S.
citizenship through the
naturalization process, there are certain requirements which must be met. You must have
been physical present in the U.S., as a green card holder, for at least
50% of the time. You must not be away from the U.S. for any more than
one year, and ideally less than six months prior to your citizenship application.
You must not have committed a serious crime of moral turpitude. You must
be able to write and speak English and more. Consult with one of our attorneys
in order to get a complete list of the qualifications and requirements.
My visa has expired, what can I do?
If your visa has expired, the first thing you need to do is contact an
immigration attorney from our firm. We will sit down with you, review
your current status and situation, and then help you determine the best
course of action to pursue. Time is of the essence when it comes to expired
visas, so we advise you do no delay.
I am in the United States on a temporary visit and wish to obtain a permanent
visa, what can I do?
Changing immigration status while in the United States, can be difficult,
and there is no guarantee it can be done. If it is possible, and what
you will be required to do, vary from person to person. That is why this
kind of question can only be answered after consulting with an experienced
immigration attorney. Our attorneys will take the time to review your
status and case, analyze the situation at hand, and help you map out the
course of action best geared to accomplish your immigration objectives.
I have received a deportation order, is there anything I can do to avoid
If you receive a deportation order or notification, the first thing you
must do is contact a knowledgeable immigration attorney at our firm, who
will work with you closely to build your
deportation defense. You need an attorney who understands and is skilled in all aspects of
immigration law. Our attorneys are committed to providing you with the
honest, aggressive representation you need.
Immigration Lawyer serving Tampa, Florida
Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. is a full-service law firm and we have been
in practice for over 35 years. We currently have six offices in five cities
and our firm is dedicated to providing our clients with excellent quality
service. As a sign of our professional nature, legal excellence and ethics
standards, our firm has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
These ratings are done based on peer reviews and an AV rating is the highest
rating a law firm can receive.
Contact a Tampa immigration attorney
at our firm today, if you or a loved one has immigration questions or wishes
to file for an immigrant or non-immigrant visa.