An entry visa is one of multiple types of visas issued to foreign nationals in order for them to enter the United States legally. Visas vary according to the amount of time a person intends to stay in the U.S., and the purpose for their visit.

A visa may be obtained, for example, for business travel, tourist travel, to attend a U.S. academic institution as a student, or to marry a U.S. citizen. The length of time of the visit is important to note. If someone wishing to travel to the U.S. is part of the visa waiver exchange with the U.S., they may visit for up to 90 days without a visa. Countries that are part of the exchange include Australia, Japan and many European countries.

There is also a difference between a visitor visa, and an immigration visa, which is for people who are staying in the U.S. long-term to gain citizenship.

What are Single-Entry Visas and Multiple-Entry Visas?

Single-entry visas are sought for a one time trip. For instance, if a person wishes to take a 2 week vacation in the United States, then return to their home country, a single-entry visa is all that is needed. A later trip would require a separate visa.

Multiple-entry visas are typically sought when a person knows they will need to make numerous trips to the U.S. over time. The multiple-entry visa is still set for a finite amount of time, with a prescribed number of entries allowed during that time.

What are Some Common Violations of Entry Visas?

Failing to meet the terms of a visa can lead to its termination. Such terms include:

A person may also be removed from the country, or denied future reentry. But, if the person violated their visa due to no fault of their own or technical reasons, then they won’t be punished for violating the terms of the entry visa. However, it is important to inform U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as soon as possible to avoid any penalties. 

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with an Entry Visa?

As you can see, there are multiple types of entry visas, each with their own, sometimes complex requirements. Many deadlines and documents are involved. An immigration attorney can help you sort through the issues, and avoid problems with your visa status. Specifically, an attorney can help you with your visa application and interview, and can represent you, in the event you are accused of violating the terms of your visa.