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Immigrating to the US from United Arab Emirates

If you are a UAE citizen who wants to move to the US, you may qualify for a US visa that suits your travel purpose. You must meet the requirements for the visa you choose before you can obtain it.

For more US visa info for United Arab Emirates, its requirements, costs involved, or other services we offer, Total Law can help. Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or message us online.

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    Visa Guide: How to Move from United Arab Emirates to the US

    The US is a renowned country for its tourism spots, robust healthcare, job market, employment opportunities, etc. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, the US continues to attract expats around the globe.

    Over the years people around the world (including UAE citizens) have sought to immigrate to the US for greener pastures and to join their family members who are US citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) in the country.

    There are more than 2,000 people in the US population who are of UAE ancestry.

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    Overview of the Visa Application Process from the UAE to the US

    UAE citizens who want to immigrate to the US must first choose one of the US visas to enter the US. The visa you select must suit your travel purpose, otherwise, your visa application may be refused.

    For instance, if you have obtained a job offer from a prospective US employer, you have to apply for a US Employment-based visa category that suits you.

    Whereas if you intend to join your spouse in the US, you can obtain a Spouse visa. Upon the selection of the visa that suits your travel goal, you must fill out the visa application form with your correct information and as required. This application form can be accessed on the website of the US Department of State.

    Pay your visa processing fee once you’re done applying. Keep in mind that the travel purpose your visa serves largely determines the processing fee you will pay. You must gather all the required documents to support your visa application and take them to the US visa appointment UAE at the US embassy in Abu Dhabi.

    The US immigration officers may ask you several questions to know if the documents you submitted are authentic. You will be required to submit your fingerprints and photographs (biometric information) at the interview.

    A decision will be made on your application once it is completely assessed. The waiting time for a decision on your application depends on the type of visa you are applying for.

    Different Types of Visas Available for Individuals from the US

    UAE citizens who want to immigrate to the US have several US visas they can choose from. They include:

    • Family-based visa
    • Employment-based visa
    • Fiancé(e) visa

    Family-based Visa

    The Family-based visa is a type of US immigrant visa that can allow UAE citizens to enter the US and stay with a US Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) or citizen. The Family-based visa is of two categories, namely, Family Preference Cases and Immediate Relatives.

    The Family Preference Cases is designed for UAE citizens who have more distant family ties with US citizens and relationships with LPRs. Whereas the Immediate Relatives are usually based on close family ties and issued to unmarried children under 21 years old, spouses and parents.

    Required Documents for the Family-based Visa

    To apply for a US Family-based visa, UAE applicants must provide:

    • Two passport-sized photographs that conform with the US visa photo requirements
    • Your UAE international passport that will be valid for up to 8 months beyond the date of obtaining the visa
    • A visa application form (Form DS-260)
    • Visa fee payment receipt
    • Birth certificate. It must state your date and place of birth and your parents’ names
    • Marriage certificate (for US-based spouse)
    • Evidence of marriage termination, for previously married partners
    • Proof of family ties with the US-based family member
    • Adoption documents. Get the final adoption-certified copies
    • Military history, if you served in the military in the UAE
    • Prison or court history (for applicants who were arrested previously in the UAE)
    • The US-based family member’s address and status verification
    • Your Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) to prove that you have not committed any crime in the UAE which could have caused your quest to move to the US

    Employment-based Visa

    UAE citizens who have received a job offer from a US prospective employer can apply for a US Employment-based visa. This visa will permit you to immigrate to the US and work for the employer. Your children and spouse can join you as your dependents on this visa.

    There are only about 140,000 immigrant visas issued to applicants per fiscal year. Once the limit is reached, the remaining applications are pushed over to the next fiscal year. The 5 categories of the Employment-based visa include:

    • E1 visa for priority workers and people with extraordinary ability
    • E2 visa for individuals of exceptional ability and professionals who have advanced degrees
    • E3 visa for professional, skilled and unskilled workers
    • E4 visa for broadcasters, religion ministers, and other special immigrants
    • E5 visa for immigrant investors

    Required Documents for the Employment-based Visa

    UAE citizens are required to provide the following documents before they can apply for an Employment-based visa:

    • Two passport-sized photographs
    • Form DS-260 was completed and signed by the applicant
    • UAE international passport
    • Receipt of visa fee payment
    • Birth and marriage certificates and other civil status documents
    • Proof of sufficient funds to cover financial needs when you enter the US. Alternatively, present Form I-864 to prove that the US sponsor will support you financially
    • Your medical examination certificate

    Fiancé(e) Visa

    The Fiancé(e) visa allows its holder to enter the US within 90 days and get married to their fiancée or fiancé who is a US citizen sponsoring the visa. This visa is also called the K1 Non-immigrant visa and requires you and the US-based sponsor to have met within the last 2 years.

    An exception is considered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if the US-based sponsor finds it very difficult to meet you or if it’s against the US-based sponsor’s culture or yours to meet each other before marriage. You must adjust your status to that of an LPR or a Green Card holder once you enter the US.

    Required Documents for the Fiancé(e) Visa

    UAE citizens must provide the following documents to apply for the Fiancé(e) visa:

    • Valid international passport
    • Two passport-sized photographs
    • Form DS-160, for Non-immigrant visa application. Both the K1 and K2 visas are typically applied for using the Form DS-160
    • Visa fee payment receipt
    • Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support) to prove your trip is financially supported
    • Birth certificate
    • Divorce or death certificate to prove that any previous relationship of both parties has been lawfully terminated
    • Proof of genuine and subsisting relationship with the US citizen fiancé(e) or fiancé
    • Police Clearance Certificate
    • Medical examination certificate

    Keep in mind that all the mentioned documents for the US visas above are not all-encompassing as the circumstances of applicants typically differ. For this reason, when applying for any of those visas to immigrate to the US from the UAE, you may be required to provide additional supporting documents to suit your case. Ensure that all documents in Arabic are translated into English by a legalised translator and duly notarised.

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      Tips for a Smooth Transition

      UAE citizens should note the following advice for a seamless start to a new life in the US:

      Consult an Immigration Lawyer

      You need to seek expert guidance from our immigration lawyers at Total Law to guide you through the complex US immigration process.

      Your situation can be assessed by our immigration lawyers and they can advise you according to your situation. They can also assist you in gathering all the required documents needed to make a compelling application on your behalf.

      Have a Good Professional Network

      Establishing a professional network is crucial for UAE nationals relocating to the US to begin a new life.

      You may do this by interacting with professionals in your field, joining associations, using online resources, going to industry events, and more.

      When you have a good professional network, you will be exposed to many incentives, such as mentorship, insights on the US labour market opportunities, and career leads.

      English Proficiency

      Knowing how to communicate in the English language will be beneficial to your adaptation to the US community. Your English knowledge will also help you obtain employment and even make friends in your US neighbourhood.

      Which Visa is Right for Me?

      Before submitting a US visa application to immigrate to the US, UAE citizens must keep the following in mind:

      Know the Visa Type

      Select the US visa type that best suits your travel purpose. The reason is that several US visas are designed to meet various travel goals of applicants. If you choose the wrong visa for your travel, your application may be denied.

      Visa Duration

      Before you apply for a US visa, you must know how long you intend to stay in the US. If you wish to stay in the US permanently you must apply for an immigrant visa, whereas you must apply for a non-immigrant visa for a temporary stay in the US.

      Special Considerations

      UAE nationals with special medical conditions who want to come to the US must mention these medical conditions in their visa applications. This is a part of the reason every applicant must have a medical examination and prove it via a medical examination certificate.

      Also, you must not have a prior criminal history in the UAE.

      You must submit further documentation to prove that any negative records you may have had have been cleared up. It is recommended that you seek the assistance of one of our experienced immigration lawyers at Total Law to help you resolve unique situations such as these.

      Contact our team today on +1 844 290 6312 or message us online for a quick response.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      Immigrating from the UAE to the US is typically a complex thing to do for applicants applying for the first time. The US visa UAE citizens must obtain should align with their travel purpose, otherwise, their application may be refused.

      Note that the process of meeting the US visa requirements is rigorous but involving our experienced immigration lawyer at Total Law will make everything way easier for you. Our immigration lawyers will assist you in assessing your situation, know the visa type you qualify for, gather all the required documents and can also apply on your behalf.

      They already know how to navigate the US immigration process and consequently continue to have a positive outcome of the visa application they make. Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or message us online for insights on US visa Dubai, immigrating to the US from UAE, the fees involved, or other services we offer.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                You must first obtain a job offer from your US prospective employer. Then, your US prospective employer must file a petition with the USCIS to apply for a work permit on your behalf. After that, you can now apply for a working visa that suits the specific job you received.

                It typically takes about 3 to 6 weeks to get a US visa from Dubai. However, the visa processing time required depends on the number of applications the embassy is dealing with.

                Yes, UAE citizens are allowed to travel to the US, provided they have a valid UAE passport and obtain an appropriate US visa that aligns with their travel purpose.