Special Categories: Visas and Other Forms
While we’ve explained the crucial forms for permanent residence and citizenship, there are numerous other forms you may come across during the immigration process. These include various categories of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, such as the I-687 for individuals seeking temporary resident status, and the I-698, used for adjusting from temporary to permanent resident status. For nonimmigrant visas, forms like the I-102 are utilized for purposes such as replacing or obtaining initial arrival-departure documents.
Nonimmigrant Visas: Temporary Stay in the United States
Quite often, individuals may wish to visit the United States temporarily for reasons such as tourism, business, study, or work. In such cases, a nonimmigrant visa is what you need. Every visa applicant is required to submit the visa application processing fee for the specific visa category being applied for, unless the application fee is exempted. The filing fees for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) are set to increase from $190 to $205. Also, the application processing fee for non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (except E category) will increase from $160 to $245. Remember, these fees are non-refundable and vary according to the specific visa category.
Immigrant Visas: Coming to the United States Permanently
On the other hand, if you’re planning on permanent relocation to the United States, you need an immigrant visa. These visas serve a variety of purposes such as:
- family-sponsored visas
- employment-based visas
- diversity visas
- special immigrant visas
The fee for the Diversity Visa Lottery is $330 per person. This applies to those applying as a DV program selectee for a DV category immigrant visa. The USCIS filing fee for family-sponsored visas fee varies, subject to variation based on the specific visa category and individual circumstances.
Other Forms You May Encounter
In addition to the standard forms discussed above, there are a few other forms that you may come across during your immigration journey. For instance, if you’re a nonimmigrant worker, you might need:
- Form I-129
- Form I-539, if you’re a dependent of certain nonimmigrants seeking to extend their stay
- Form I-130, if you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident trying to establish a relationship with an eligible relative wishing to immigrate.
There are also uscis forms like:
- USCIS Form G-325A for providing biographic information for certain military members and their families
- Form I-131 for applying for re-entry permits or travel documents
- Form I-765 for those in need of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
If you’re using the USCIS I-131 form to request a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or travel authorization document, you need to be physically present in the U.S. at the time of application submission and undergo the biometrics services process. Lastly, if you’re seeking a work permit, commonly referred to as the EAD, you’ll need to submit the USCIS I-765 form.