A Multiple-Entry Visa is a specific type of visa that allows the visa holder to enter the U.S. multiple times within a given time frame. For example, the holder of a multiple entry visa may be allowed enter the U.S., then return to their home country, and return back to the U.S., a number of times.
The way that multiple-entry visas work is that they are usually valid for a specified period of time. This time period is called the “validity period”, and may range anywhere from 6 months to 12 months, and usually up to a maximum of 24 months. Within the validity period, the visa holder can enter and re-enter the U.S., subject to various restrictions on travel.
It is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between a multiple entry visa, a re-entry permit, and a single entry visa:
Each country establishes requirements that must be met by applicants who request a multiple entry visa. Multiple entry visas are still classified under the purpose for which the person is visiting the U.S. temporarily. For example, tourist visas, work-related visas, etc., can be issued as a multiple-entry visa. So, the applicant would need to fulfill the basic requirements for that specific temporary visa category in order to receive multiple-entry status.
In addition, multiple-entry visas are subject to unique restrictions and requirements, which may include:
Again, the specific details for each multiple-entry visa will depend on many factors, including the country of origin and the applicant’s overall immigration record. Eligibility requirements may also change every year, since many types of visas are subject to quotas, which fluctuate every year.
Multiple entry visas will be valid for a certain period of time depending on the date that was issued. This is known as the visa validity period. During the visa validity period, the holders of these visas can travel to the country that issued the visa multiple times for the purpose the visas were issued. However, they must not exceed the number of entries allowed on their visas. It should be noted that the validity period starts the date the visa was issued.
Multiple entry visas are very helpful for the visa holder, but they can also be somewhat difficult to obtain. If you need legal advice or representation regarding a multiple entry visa, it’s in your best interests to hire a local immigration lawyer for assistance. An immigration lawyer will be able to explain how immigration laws and policies may affect you, and can provide you with guidance in applying for a multiple entry visa for you or a loved one.
Last Modified: 04-30-2018 08:59 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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