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What are the Immigration form categories?

06th August 2010
By Tim Kennedy in Immigration Law
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There are several Immigration form categories. What are some of the different names of form categories and how are they used? Examples include: Employment based form, Family based form, Green Card Visa based form, Humanitarian benefits based form, Citizenship and naturalization based form

Obtain a B1 or Investment Visa

There are two types of business visas given out in the US. There are the categories B1 and the category EB-5 Investor Visa. The B1 visa is for those who are business visitors. It is a common standard visa and fairly simple to get. Foreign travelers going to meetings, conferences or trade-shows, or foreign investors looking for new business opportunities and locations abroad fit into this category. If you are looking for a B1 status visa, you cannot get paid a salary from any U.S. based company as compensation for tasks performed.
On the other hand, if you're looking to obtain an Immigrant Investor Visa different rules apply. Investment Visas are for foreigners looking to invest at least one million dollars U.S. in a business in the United States. This must be a business that creates jobs for at least 10 U.S. workers through that investment as well. If you have an Investment Visa, you and your family, along with any children under 21 years old can get also get a permanent residency card.

Below is a list of a few things - for both B1 visas and Investment Visas - you will need to get either of these processes completed:
Things You'll Need:
Valid passport
Visa application
Visa fee
Police report
Letter explaining purpose of trip (B1 visa)
Evidence for source of funds (Investment Visa)
Proof of investment (Investment Visa)
Proof of job creation (Investment Visa)
I-526 petition (Investment Visa)
Medical exam (Investment Visa)
Background check (Investment Visa)
B1 Business Visitor Visa
1.Step 1
Go the state department website and look for the section marked VISA.
2.Step 2
From the Department of State website, look for an application labeled "DS-160 visa." The application process is entirely online.
3.Step 3
The state department website will give you detailed instructions on your country's embassy or consulate that you need to apply to. Each embassy's and consulate's rules differ for submitting documentation and processing. So, it is important that you check with the proper personnel to know what supporting paperwork is needed.

4.Step 4
Hand in your passport. Make sure that there are at least 6 months of valid time before the expiration date. Along with the passport, you should provide 2 passport-sized photos for the US embassy or consulate that is in your area.
5.Step 5
Schedule your interview. Once you've completed your web application, you should schedule your interview with the consulate or embassy. Please allow for time as each embassy and consulate differs in its processing times. Factoring in your travel time and a few months is a good idea.
6.Step 6
Attend your interview and take along the supporting documentation needed for the particular embassy or consulates you attend. The Foreign Service Officer you meet will at the embassy or consulate should be shown your documentation and plans regarding your business trip. It is important that you have proof you will not be receiving income from the business you're investing in. It is equally important that your documentation shows that you'll be leaving when at the end date of your visa.
Investment visa Immigrant Entrepreneur Visa
1.Step 1
Invest in or create a business in the United States. Your investment must be at least $1,000,000 (or $500,000 if the business is in a low-income area targeted by an Investment visa pilot program)
2.Step 2
The business must have a minimum of 10 US workers. They must be given employment at a full-time schedule for a minimum of 2 years.
3.Step 3
You must file an I-526 petition (Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which must be sent to the USCIS processing center in California. There is a processing fee of $1,435. You will also need to submit evidence that your business activities meet the requirements for an Investment Visa in conjunction with your visa petition. The USCIS may or may not ask you to submit more information at their request.
4.Step 4
You must apply for an Investment Visa at a US embassy or consulate in the country in which you hold citizenship. Once the I-526 petition has been approved, you can apply for the visa.
5.Step 5
Schedule and attend an interview at the US embassy or consulate where you submitted an application. In this interview, the Foreign Service Officer will ask you about your business activities and the information submitted for the I-526 petition, as well as any issues that came up during the medical exam, police report and background check. If the officer is satisfied with the interview, your application will be approved and you and your family.
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