Many Colombia residents have chosen to move to the United States. Lots of these individuals choose Miami, FL due to the South American population and geographical location. The constantly changing internal policy and the unstable economy of the country are major drivers of immigration. For that reason, the United States has become a popular choice for Colombian immigrants.
At Hans Burgos P.A., we have an excellent team of immigration specialists with extensive knowledge of immigration laws ready to help anyone in need. Our team has helped numerous people from different countries from across the world resolve their legal status in the US.
Visa Options For Colombians
For some time now, the only option for an immigrant visa available for Colombians is the Family-based visa. This means that only a person sponsored by an immediate family member that is a US citizen/legal permanent resident is eligible for such a visa.
There is also the Fiancé(e) visa, which has a similar set of rules and stipulations. To make matters clearer, it is our advice to seek legal counsel before applying for an immigrant visa based on Family sponsorship.
There are, however, several temporary visa options for Colombians. The most often used ones are the B1 and B2 visas and the combined B1/B2 visa. These are non-immigrant or temporary visas granted to people looking to do come to the US for temporary business, tourism, travel, vacation, or visiting family – the B1 visa. The B2 visa is granted to people looking to come to the US for medical treatment. There is also a combination B1/B2 visa, granting access to the US for up to six months.
Some Colombians are eligible for the E-1 and E-2 visas, which are temporary, non-immigrant work visas. These are granted to people with special abilities and the application process is tedious requires special attention.
In the case of Colombian nationals, there is another option for granting access to the USA. This is called asylum seeker status and is often used by people from countries with an unstable political climate. This option has been used by many Colombians.
Today Colombians are the second-largest asylum-seeking population in the USA, with the main Colombian communities being concentrated in New Jersey and South Florida. Of course, there is also an issue with many undocumented residents in the USA that come from Colombia. This poses a threat to the Colombians that are looking to solve their legal status, as it has led to distrust.
To make matters easier for the Colombian nationals that are looking to come to the USA on an immigrant or non-immigrant base, we at Hans Burgos P.A. have a team ready to answer any inquiry or question. Feel free to contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss your options.