Our Chicago immigration lawyers can help you understand how to obtain a visa stamp. The visa stamp is a travel document issued by a U.S. consulate abroad that allows a foreign national to whom it is issued to travel to the U.S. (e.g. to board plane, train or ship) to apply for admission at a U.S. port of entry. If a foreign national who needs a visa arrives at a U.S. port without visa, the noncitizen may be returned at the carrier's expense to the home country or to the port of departure. Except for Canadian citizens who are visa exempt (with some exceptions), noncitizens with Border Crossing Cards, and noncitizens traveling on the Visa Waiver Program, all foreign nationals are expected to present valid visas consistent with the purpose of their travel.
An noncitizen in possession of a current, valid visa is not guaranteed admission to the U.S. by virtue of having been issued that visa. At a U.S. port of entry, the Department of Homeland Security will inspect the noncitizen to determine admissibility and, if appropriate, admit the noncitizen in a particular nonimmigrant category. The inspecting officer will also determine the period of authorized admission of the noncitizen.
Issues of admissibility arise every time a foreign national applies for a visa or for admission as a nonimmigrant.
If you plan an international travel and have concerns about your admissibility to the U.S. call us at 773-516-4100 or contact us online for a consultation to discuss your immigration issues or questions.