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What is a Visa?

Immigration Attorney Patrick A. Metcalf

by Immigration Attorney Patrick A. Metcalf



A visa is simply a permission for a foreign national to come to the border and apply for entry into the United States.

What is a visa?

There Are Two Types of Visas

Immigrant Visa – an immigrant visa allows someone to enter the U.S. permanently.

Non-immigrant Visa – while a non-immigrant visa allows one to enter for a short-term, temporary stay.

Your visa is typically paced in your passport, given by a U.S. consulate overseas. Important to understand that simply having a visa doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to enter the U.S. It’s up to the U.S. immigration officials at the point of entry to let you in to the country.

**Please note:
This blog is not a legal advice. You should consult an experienced immigration attorney before starting you immigration process. It’s best to have an attorney review your case before you start because sometimes it’s best NOT to file anything. You can hurt your case if you file for an immigration benefit even though you don’t qualify for that benefit.

Please contact our office at 847-882-1992 or visit us at our website www.AskImmigration.Com if you have any questions.