Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- Extending your stay with a 90 day holiday waiver - is it possible?
- Renewing my Irish child’s US passport without getting her American Dad involved
- Having divorced my American wife can I get my new Irish girlfriend a visa?
- I-94 arrival and departure cards in United States will soon be obsolete
- Can I reclaim an old Green Card and move back to the US?
“While we would be waiting for our green cards could she secure for us both non-permanent work visas so that we could live and work in the U.S. in the meanwhile? If this is possible, how long do the non-permanent work visas allow you to stay in the U.S? Can they be renewed again and again until the green cards are secured? How long would it typically take for her to secure the non-permanent visas for us?”
This column is receiving plenty of emails from Ireland these days as the recession tightens its grip on the country. Many of the emails are looking for quick ways out of the country . . . but securing legal status in the U.S. is a painstaking process that takes lots of time.
The visa waiver program allows natives of 36 countries – Ireland, Britain and many other European nations among them – to enter the U.S. without a visa for business or pleasure stays of up to 90 days.
Those traveling under the program should know that they cannot extend their stay in the U.S. beyond 90 days . . . unless a documented, serious emergency arises, in which case the traveler can apply for “satisfactory departure” which would, if approved, allow for a further 30 day stay in the U.S.