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Chris Jaensch Speaks About Visa Waiver Program and Temporary Visas

Posted: May 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Here is a modified transcription of the first part of Chris’ talk to the Sarasota Association of Realtors.  Enjoy the video below!

When thinking of the immigration process we like to picture the Mississippi River.  On one bank you are in your country of origin, in the other you are a citizen of the United States.  Immigration Law is all the stepping stones in between the two banks.

There are two main categories of foreign nationals living in the United States.  Temporary Residents and Permanent Residents or people with Green Cards.  Students, athletes, visitors and investors are all considered temporary residents.

The most common temporary residents are Visitors.  Traditionally foreign nationals have to get a visa to come to the US as a visitor.  The US government has tried to make it easier for citizens of certain countries to enter here as visitors by establishing the Visa Waiver Program, sometimes called ESTA.  People from 36 countries – mostly European, some in Asia – can come to the US without a visa and stay for 90 days.  Canada is not part of the Visa Waiver Program believe it or not!  They have their own category.

Say you want to stay for longer than 90 days at a time.  A B-1/B-2 visitor visa would allow you to stay in the States for 6 months at a time.  How many times can you use a B-1/B-2 visa during a year?  The truth is, there is no clear answer.  The government has left it vague on purpose.  The simple rule of thumb is to spend as much time out of the US as you do in it.  When making plans to enter the US look back at how much time you spent here during the last calendar year, if more than 6 months, you might not be seen as a visitor any longer and be denied entry.  Always come with a round-trip ticket, utility bill, or proof of residence in home country.  This should help you get through customs without problems.

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Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.



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