The V-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows the spouse of a legal permanent resident (but not citizen) in the U.S. to enter the country while awaiting permanent immigrant status.
In order to qualify for a V-1 visa, the applicant must be the spouse of a permanent U.S. resident, must be the named beneficiary of a form I-130 (petition for an alien relative), must have been waiting for at least the past 3 years for an immigrant visa which has been unavailable, and must be otherwise eligible to immigrate to the U.S.
The holder of a V-1 visa may work while in the U.S. and waiting for immigrant status.
There are no travel restrictions on a V-1 visa: its holder may move freely throughout the United States, and may leave and reenter the country, as long as the visa is valid.
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Last Modified: 09-07-2012 04:23 PM PDT
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