Working in the United States is Possible, but Beware of the Pitfalls of Unscrupulous Immigration Professionals.

Working in the United States is possible, but beware of the pitfalls of unscrupulous immigration professionals. To enter the United States, every Brazilian needs a visa, starting with the simplest one – the Tourist Visa (B1, B2). The main advantage of having a U.S. visa is the freedom to come and go to the United States, whether for sightseeing, visiting family, or conducting business.

The initial step in the process of obtaining a U.S. visa begins with organizing the documentation. However, the key issue is to demonstrate the ties that the applicant has in Brazil to avoid being characterized as having the intention to stay “illegally” after acquiring the visa. Some examples of documents include the company’s social contract, property deeds, proof of fixed employment, income tax returns, ongoing university enrollment, etc.

Having the documentation in order is not only important for the tourist visa but for all visas, whether for students – highly sought after these days – or any other type. There is still the advantage that until the end of this year, the U.S. government has authorized consulates and embassies to waive, when necessary, the conduct of in-person interviews for the issuance of certain types of visas.

Lawyer Ingrid Domingues McConville of DM VISA LAW, with 28 years of experience, states that in any visa process she handles, correct documentation is of singular importance. Through these documents, the immigration officer will analyze and verify not only the accuracy but also whether the immigrant’s profile fits the type of visa they are claiming. Hence, the importance of professional guidance, even for a “simple” letter of recommendation.

It is known that becoming a U.S. citizen is the dream of many Brazilians, for the quality of life, job opportunities, personal and financial development. But to achieve this, every phase must be respected, and documentation is a crucial part of the planning for any visa. The entire process must be well-orchestrated because step by step is how the path to its realization is built.

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  • Ingrid Domingues-McConville founded DM VISA LAW – Domingues McConville, P.A. in 1995. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995 and a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ingrid earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. With 28 years of experience in Immigration Law, Ingrid has represented clients throughout the United States and worldwide, handling both business and family immigration matters. She has helped companies and individuals obtain visas and permanent residence in the United States. Ingrid plays a significant leadership role in the Brazilian community in South Florida and throughout the United States, providing guidance and much-needed legal advice.