How To Migrate To America – 5 Immigrant Visa Categories. Most people move to America in search of a better job and higher standards of living. With the strength of the dollar vs other currencies, that obviously also fuels migration.

Many people work in America and send money home to their families in their homeland. Other reasons for migrating include good educational systems, access to jobs and family reunions. However, migrating to America and becoming a permanent resident is not that easy as you will be required to get an immigrant visa.

How To Migrate To America – 5 Immigrant Visa Categories

Let’s take a look at the top five (5) immigrant visa categories to migrate to America.

Fiancé(e) Visa category:

Under this category, an American citizen can sponsor his/ her fiancé’s application to immigrate to America. Thus he/she will apply for a K1 visa, which allows a person to move to the USA and live here legally for the period of Ninety (90) days. During which he/she is expected to be married to the fiancé.

Employment-Based Immigration:

An American company may sponsor employment visas for skilled workers to migrate to the US under the Employment-Based Immigration category. People with extraordinary abilities in arts, science, education, athletics or business, outstanding researchers and professors, professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled workers can immigrate under this type of visa. However, getting this type of visa may be quite difficult as it is heavily subscribed. Hence, many applicants have to wait for many years to get it.

Returning Resident Visa

Under this category, an immigrant can get a permanent resident status after which he or she can move freely in and out of America. But an immigrant is not allowed to stay outside the US for more than one year at a stretch. Otherwise, a new immigrant visa will be needed to re-enter the USA. This is known as the SB1 visa.

Diversity Visas

This type of visa accommodates countries such as Kenya, Nepal, and Malaysia who have a fewer presence in the USA. People from these countries who want to move to the US can apply for a diversity visa.

Family-Based Immigration

An American citizen or a permanent resident can sponsor visas for some certain family members. The American citizen can sponsor his or her spouse, children, sibling and parents who desire to immigrate to America. but, a permanent resident can only sponsor their spouse or unmarried dependent children.

US Immigration Visa Processing Time

The US immigration visa processing time depends on the kind of visa that you are applying for. It normally takes from Three (3) to Five (5) weeks for a US visa application to get processed. After the processing, the candidate may get a positive reply on their application, and the consulate or embassy as the case may be will deliver the document. The visa delivery can take up to two other working days.

Applications rejected under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) pending additional processing, can take up to Two (2) months from the date of the visa interview to be processed. In some certain cases, the processing may extend more than Six (6) months.

Applicants who are required to apply for a waiver of ineligibility in order to obtain the visa should keep in mind that they might have to wait for Six (6) to Eight (8) months from the date of their interview to get a reply.

However, countries under the visa waiver program, applying under the Electronic Travel Authorization System for temporary visits, can get a reply in their ESTA application within Twenty-four (24) hours.

Different US Visa Types

Below we will go through a list of some popular US visa types, and the time each can take to get processed.

F-1 visa

The F-1 visa processing time is shorter than other types of visas. The processing of this type of visa usually happens before your interview. The interview is the final step for the US Embassy to know whether they should grant you an F-1 visa or not.

But in most cases, you will get the response on the visa immediately after the interview. At the end of the visa interview, the visa officer will congratulate you for getting the visa or might provide you with a document letting you understand the reason for denial. There are, however, cases where the response and processing of the F-1 visa takes a few more days to process, so you should be patient if that happens.

B-2 visa

The B-2 tourist visas and US visitor visas processing times differ from country to country. Normally, your visa can be processed for a few weeks to a few months.

H-1 Visa

The processing time for H-1 Visa depends on the country you are from or the bulk of applications that the US consulate has gotten in that period.

H1B Visa

The processing time for H-1B visa generally takes three (3) to six (6) months. But, US Embassies in different cities/countries have various processing times, so we suggest you contact them for any details or visit the US State Department for approximate processing times.

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