Legal Guidance From a Winter Park Immigration Lawyer
Immigration Documentary Requirements
Every application, procedure or process related to
immigration will require documentation. While each type of visa or application will
require its own distinct documents, there are a few common documentary
requirements most immigrants will need to provide the USCIS and other
officials during the course of their stay or when entering and leaving
the United States. Highly familiar with USCIS procedures and requirements,
Robert Brown LLC has provided the following information about the most important documents.
Types of Immigration Documents
Depending on your situation, you may need some of the following documents:
Depending on the process you undertake with the USCIS, you may be required
to provide a government-issued passport from your home country. Passports
are also one of the primary documents used to establish identity in immigration
status applications and visa applications. In the event that you do not
have a passport, you may be able to file an application for a waiver.
All foreign nationals must obtain a Visa before entering the United States.
There are many different types of visas that are granted according to
the purpose of a visit, including visitor, student, immigrant and worker
visas. Visas will be stamped inside of a passport and will only give the
holder permission to enter a U.S. port of entry. Visa holders must be
granted permission to enter the country from a customs officer. Eligible
non-immigrants of certain countries may also qualify for visa waivers
that will allow them to enter the U.S. for a maximum of 90 days.
I-94 / I-95
When visa holders have been granted permission to enter the United States,
they will receive an I-94 or I-95 form. This document is proof of legal
admission into the country, and will also include arrival and departure
information, including the duration of a visa. Immigrants and non-immigrant
visitors must have their I-94 on them at all times. The I-94 or I-95 will
also be needed for those wishing to file for a
change of status,
adjustment of status or application for a green card.
The official name of a green card is Form I-551. This document is proof
that an immigrant has been legally admitted to the United States for permanent
residence. It is also used to show any necessary officials or entities
that the holder has the right to live and work in the country. The I-551
does not mean that a green card holder is a U.S. citizen.
Border Crossing Cards
A border crossing card, or BCC, is a document that grants limited entry
into the United States by visitors. BCCs are issued only to Mexican citizens,
allowing those with ties to the U.S. and Mexico to legally return to and
from the U.S. for temporary stays. BCCs are typically valid for ten years,
except in some cases involving children.
Individuals who have pending applications with the USCIS for immigration
benefits or for changes of their non-immigrant status will be required
to have an advance parole travel document before leaving the United States.
This document will allow them to lawfully return to the United States.
There are exceptions for certain non-immigrant visa categories and for
refugees and asylum seekers.
Re-entry permits are required for immigrants with permanent residence
status who plan to travel abroad for a period of up to two years. This
will allow individuals to maintain their permanent residence status after
leaving the United States for longer periods of time.
Refugee Travel Document
Eligible refugees and asylum seekers may be required to have refugee travel
documents rather than advance parole travel documents. This means that
individuals with refugee or asylum status, as well as permanent residents
who gained their status through the refugee or asylum process can apply
for a refugee travel document that will allow them to re-enter the United States.
Document Assistance from Florida Immigration Lawyers
As each immigration case varies depending on the personal situation involved,
it is advised that immigrants in need of documentation seek the assistance
of professional and experienced Winter Park immigration attorneys.
Attorney Robert Brown has five decades of immigration experience, and the entire legal team
at Robert Brown LLC is comprised of exceptionally talented and knowledgeable lawyers.
With our help, you can learn more about which documents you need for your
personal situation. To discuss your case,
contact our Winter Park firm today. We serve clients in the greater Orlando area and throughout Florida.