U.S. visas are generally divided into immigration visas and non-immigration visas. Immigration visas are for individuals entering the U.S. with the intention of residing permanently in the U.S. It is the same as obtaining a Green Card. There are 5 types of immigration visas, and these types address both family immigration and employment immigration.

Immigration Visa

  • Family Immigration

    Ranking
    Name
    Description
    Processing Time
    0
    IR-1
    Marriage with a citizen
    6 months ~ 1 year
    IR-2
    Parents who are citizens apply for citizenship on behalf of a dependent under the age of 21
    IR-5
    A citizen’s immediate family, such as parents, apply for citizenship
    K-1
    International marriage
    1
    F1
    Citizens over the age of 21 with unmarried children
    annual quota: 23,400
    1 year six months
    ~ 2 years
    2
    F2A
    Invitation to spouses and unmarried children of permanent residents under the age of 21
    Approx.
    3 years ~ 4 years
    F2B
    Invitation to unmarried children of permanent residents 21 years or more annual quota: 26,266
    Approx.
    6 years ~ 7 years
    3
    F3
    Invitation to married children of citizens
    Annual quota: 23,400
    Approx.
    5 years ~ 6 years
    4
    F4
    Invitation to siblings of citizens
    annual quota: 65,000
    Approx.
    12 years
    Formal procedures
    In most cases, it is best for the individual to go through the procedures on his/her own. The individual must provide documents proving the relationship between himself/herself and the applicant to the immigration office. In the case that an individual retains a lawyer, the individual must expect expenses totaling approximately $3,000.00.
    Steps
    ①Application by petitioner → ②Physical examination → ③U.S. Embassy interview
    → ④Green Card issuance → ⑤Departure
  • Employment Immigration

    VISA NAME
    Type
    Description
    EB-1
    40,000 of this visa are allowed annually. There are three types of this visa.
    Extraordinary Ability AliensThe individual must prove his/her professional ability and skill. The individual’s ability and skill must be acknowledged both domestically and internationally.
    The proof is provided in the form of a document, along with supporting documents.
    The individual must be of assistance to the national interests of the U.S. If the individual is suspected of applying for the purpose of retirement, the application will be rejected.
    Outstanding Professors and ResearchersThe individual must have an international reputation in his/her field of expertise. The individual must also have at least 3 years of professorship or research experience.
    The individual must have an offer from a U.S. institution (university or research center) with a guaranteed term.
    Multinational Managers and ExecutivesWithin the past 3 years, the individual must have 1 year of experience working as an administrator or manager. The individual must be at least a 2nd-level supervisor, such as a senior manager. (Site supervisors are not included, as they are 1st-level supervisors.)
    The U.S. local company must be in business for at least 1 year. The headquarters and the U.S. company must have the same owner, or the U.S. offices must provide proof of a supportive relationship with the headquarters.
    In other words, if the U.S.’s L visa or E2 visa is a corporate investment, the individual can apply for a Green Card.
    EB-2
    40,000 visas are allocated annually.
    Exceptional Ability AliensThe individual can apply for this visa if he/she can provide proof of exceptional ability in the field of science/arts/education/business.

    As proof:
    - A formal education that can demonstrate competence in the field
    - Certificate from a current or past employer that can prove 10-years of full-time work experience in the field
    - Licenses or certifications related to the field
    - Records of wages that can prove exceptional ability in the field
    - Proof of membership in a professional association related to the field
    - Career that is recognized by a government/professional association/corporation related to the field

    The individual must go through a process of labor certification with the employment contract.
    Advanced Degree Professionals
    (Master or PhD: Professionals, educated holders)
    The professional must have a job that requires at least a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the U.S.

    Educated holders must have at least a Bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a professional degree in the U.S. or abroad.

    The individual must go through a process of labor certification with the employment contract.
    EB-3
    40,000 visas are allocated annually.
    All individuals applying for said visas must go through a process of labor certification with their employment contracts.
    Professionals with Bachelor Degrees
    (at least a Bachelor’s degree, but do not meet the requirements of the EB-2 visa)
    The individual must have at least a Bachelor’s degree.
    Skilled workerThe individual must have at least 2 years of work experience or training.
    Unskilled workerThe company cannot meet employment requirements in the U.S., so it hires foreign workers. Technical skill is not required for work in this type of company.
    EB-4
    Minister
    Ordained minister
    At least 2 years of experience
    Religious employeeConductor, pianist, Sunday school teacher
    At least 2 years of experience
    EB-5
    10,000 visas are allocated annually.
    InvestorThere must be a $1,000,000 investment in a new or existing company (in other words, a company that has undergone capital erosion at 20% each year for the last two years). The company must hire and employ at least 10 people over the last 2 years.
    An investment of $500,000 is possible, but only a targeted area is included in such an investment.
    A targeted area is one in which the administrative population is 20,000 or less, or the employment rate is greater than 1.5 times.
    The Green Card is issued conditionally. The individual can become a permanent resident after 2 years, when the requirements stipulated by investment immigration laws are met.
  • Applying for citizenship

    Qualifications for citizenship

    1. The individual must have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and the spouse of a citizen for at least 3 years.
    2. If the individual visited a location outside the country for 6 months – 1 year, then that time period is subtracted from the 5 years that are required for citizenship.
    3. Even if the individual obtained a Re-entry Permit before visiting a location outside the country, that time period is still subtracted from the 5 years that are required for citizenship.
    4. There are instances in which the individual visited a location outside the country, but that time period is not subtracted from the 5 years that are required for citizenship:
       

      • If the individual visited a location outside the country as a member of the military
      • If the individual visited a location outside the country as an official of the government or as a member of a state-owned enterprise, and the visitation was a business trip
      • If the individual visited a location outside the country as part of a business trip by a non-profit organization
    1. Before applying for citizenship, the individual must delete all criminal records and records of fines that total $1,000 or more.
    2. Criminal records are not expunged before the individual requests that said records are deleted.
    3. In the case of an arrest, the individual can present identification and receive an official report at the station.
    4. If an individual files for a Motion to Expunge, any criminal records are deleted after 40 days.
    5. DUI records can be expunged 7 years after the first offense and 15 years after the second offense.
    6. Sexual crimes can never be expunged.
    7. An individual who has received a sentence for deportation cannot apply for citizenship. The only course of action for such an individual is to apply for the U.S. military.
    8. The fee for citizenship is ($$), and the application for citizenship requires 2 passport pictures, a Korean passport, and a Green Card.
    9. An individual can request an interview that is conducted in Korean if:
       

      • 55 years old + 15 years of U.S. residency = 70
      • 50 years old + 20 years of U.S. residency = 70
      • more than 65 years old + more than 20 years of U.S. residency
    1. 1A citizenship interview consists of an English + Civic Test (History, Government).
    2. An individual who is under 18 years old may automatically receive a citizenship along with his/her parents during the citizenship ceremony.

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