Visas serve as essential gateways for individuals seeking to enter the United States, whether for temporary visits or permanent residency. Obtaining a visa is a challenging process, marked by stringent requirements and meticulous documentation. 

At LaFountain & Wollman, we guide clients in Massachusetts and around the country through these hurdles. Our team is here to transform the daunting task of securing a visa into a manageable and successful journey, tailoring our approach to your unique circumstances and goals. Call today to get started with an experienced visa attorney

Attorney for Obtaining an Immigrant Visa

Immigrant visas are a crucial pathway for those seeking permanent residency. They are designed for individuals who intend to live and work permanently in the U.S., offering them a chance to eventually become citizens. The process for obtaining an immigrant visa is multifaceted, involving a range of eligibility criteria and procedural steps. 

At LaFountain & Wollman, we provide informed guidance on the following types of immigrant visas:

  • Family-based – for family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Diversity lottery – for individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.

Each type of visa comes with its own set of requirements and procedures. For instance, family-based visas require sponsorship by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative, while employment-based visas necessitate a job offer from a U.S. employer. These visas also have different priority dates and caps, which can affect the processing times. 

Securing an immigrant visa is a significant step toward a new life in the U.S., but it involves several challenges, such as stringent eligibility criteria, extensive documentation, and potential administrative or legal hurdles. Finally, most immigrant visa holders must maintain the visa for 5 years before applying for citizenship in the U.S.

LaFountain & Wollman simplify the process, offering comprehensive assistance from initial consultation to the final decision. You can depend on us to handle the legal details,  provide constant updates, offer solutions to any issues that arise, and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your visa application.

Nonimmigrant Visa Attorney

Nonimmigrant visas cater to individuals seeking temporary entry into the U.S. for various reasons such as tourism, business, study, or work. Unlike immigrant visas, nonimmigrant visas do not provide a path to permanent residency but are crucial for short-term stays. Each visa category has specific criteria and purposes, and understanding these distinctions is vital for a successful application. 

At LaFountain & Wollman, we assist clients with obtaining the following types of nonimmigrant visas:

  • Tourist visas (B-2) – for individuals visiting the U.S. for leisure or medical treatment.
  • Business visas (B-1) – for business-related visits such as meetings, conferences, or negotiations.

Obtaining a nonimmigrant visa requires demonstrating the purpose of the visit, proving ties to the home country, and ensuring compliance with U.S. immigration laws. Each visa category has its application process, documentation requirements, and conditions of stay. 

One of the major challenges in securing a nonimmigrant visa is addressing the strict requirements set by U.S. immigration law and avoiding common pitfalls that lead to application denials. Issues such as insufficient documentation, failure to prove nonimmigrant intent, or misunderstanding the visa’s conditions can significantly hinder the application process. 

Our immigration attorneys provide comprehensive assistance throughout this process, from filling out applications to preparing for interviews at U.S. embassies or consulates. We work to mitigate these challenges, offering informed guidance and personalized support to enhance the chances of a successful visa application. Trust us to make your temporary journey to the U.S. as smooth and stress-free as possible.

What Else You Need To Know About Visas

First, the issuance of a visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S. It means that an embassy or consulate officer has determined the applicant is eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose. You must undergo an immigration and customs check with U.S. border patrol at a port of entry where an official will decide whether to grant entry.

Moreover, a visa application can be denied for several reasons, the most common being that the application was incomplete or missing documentation. You are also ineligible for a visa if you have a criminal record in your home country. Finally, to obtain a visa, you must prove that you have your own funds. Officials will deny your visa application if they determine that you will become a burden to the U.S. government. If your petition is denied, our team can help you file an appeal or apply for a new visa.

Contact Our Nationwide Experienced Visa Lawyers

Whether you seeking entry to the U.S. or sponsoring a foreign national for an immigrant or nonimmigrant, LaFountain & Wollman can help. Contact our office today for a consultation.

Helping clients in Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Suffolk County, and Essex County.