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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, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers

Below is the list of Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, 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 Investor

Below is the list of Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor, categories:

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 page.

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.

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