Tollefsen Law assists businesses and individuals seeking temporary or permanent United States visas. We also work on compliance and deportation cases. Tollefsen Law offers superior service to our clients. We are less interested in the volume of cases we handle and more in the quality of our work. We know every person is an individual with a unique story and unique needs. We listen carefully and stay involved through what can sometimes be a lengthy and arduous process.
We can discuss your immigration issues in Spanish and Arabic.
We generally charge fixed fess supplemented by hourly rates if the case has unusual complexity or other time consuming issues. MORE
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Non-U.S. citizens who want to travel to the United States need a temporary nonimmigrant visa unless the Visa Waiver Program applies. The type of visa you need will depend on the purpose for your travel. In some cases, your family may travel with you to the United States. There are temporary visas available for business, employment, athletic completion, and study.
If you want to move to the United States, you must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative, or prospective U.S. employer. You must also have your visa approved by the U.S. Department of State. There are many special visa programs available including Iraqis who have worked for the U.S. government.
Visas Require Vetting by Homeland Security
Even with an approved visa, you must still obtain authorization from the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States. Your visa will be reviewed at the port of entry and if approved you will receive a small card called Form I-94, Admission-Departure record, which you must keep in your passport while you are in the United States
Extensions of Temporary Visas
You may request an extension of your visa before your visa expires or your departure date passes. The procedure varies with the type of visa you were granted.
Temporary Visas Ineligibility
Criminals, previously deported detainees, suspected terrorists, and individuals with contagious diseases are generally not eligible. Failing to provide complete documentation or misrepresenting information on your application might also make you ineligible. An immigrant’s nationality, personal history, political affiliations, and employment record can impact the ability to be admitted into the U.S. Immigration can often involve highly complex and difficult issues such as consular visa processing, and appeals. Highly skilled or acclaimed individuals, such as physicians, academic researchers, religious workers, entertainers, and investors may be entitled to special treatment.