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Petition Process Overview
If you would like to come to the United States to work permanently or temporarily, your employer or potential employer will need to file a petition on your behalf.
Review the information below to determine which petition should be filed on your behalf.
Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
Below is the list of Form-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker categories:
Form I-140, Petition for Immigrant Worker
Below is the list of Form I-140, Petition for Immigrant Worker categories and their criteria:
Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
Below is the list of Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant categories:
Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
Below is the list of Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur:
For more information on these eligibility categories, see the links to the left.
If we approve a petition submitted by your prospective employer, we will send a Form I-797, Notice of Action/Approval to your employer, who will then forward it to you. This approval notice may be used as evidence of your status if you are in the United States or can be used to apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad. For information on applying for a visa outside the United States, please see the “Consular Processing” link to the right.
It is important to note that an approval notice is not a visa. You must apply for a visa at a United States embassy or consulate.
For information on the visa application process, see the “Department of State” website.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/31/2011
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