Live in the USA

The United States continues to represent the land of freedom and possibilities or a refuge from persecution for many. If you are a foreign person in the United States and find yourself in a situation in which you have to apply for some kind of protection, there are options. Although this firm does not handle asylum, refugee or deportation matters but we may be able to refer you to organizations and/or colleagues that do. The discussions on this site are intended for persons or companies who wish to come to the United States as a business or lifestyle choice.

For those of us lucky enough to love what they do for a living, life, work and play often go hand in hand. When it comes to your U.S. visa application, however, you have to pick a category:  Business or pleasure. And within these two worlds: Temporary (non-immigrant) or Permanent (Immigrant). The choice determines how long you can stay and what you are permitted to do and with whom.  Your visa category also dictates the requirements you have to meet and carefully document.  Spouses and children are eligible to apply for visas as well.

Then, depending on the category you choose and the amount of time you spend in the United States, there are consequences outside of the realm of immigration, for example in the areas of taxation, health care and education. Therefore, before embarking on your visa/immigration journey, make sure you choose a path that best fits your life or business goals.  If you are an employer, it’s important that you understand the requirements for sponsorship as well as processing times to meet your staffing needs.

Just visiting?  Click here for business visits or here for pleasure visits  for a short discussion of visitor visas.

More permanent solutions are required when

  • your business opportunities require a more permanent presence than allowed on a business visitor visa
  • you own a second home or just want to spend more time in the United States than allowed as a visitor for pleasure
  • you want to create opportunities for your children to live and study in the United States
  • you are offered an attractive position in the United States
  • you want to engage in activities not allowed in visitor status

Unless you have very close family ties, longer-term visas require a commitment to the United States in terms of an investment or an agreement to work or contribute one’s talents in some way.  The right choice of visa for you and your family depends on your background and your (or an employer’s) ability or willingness to make this commitment. Applicants are well advised to invest in planning an immigration or visa strategy to make sure short-term moves do not interfere with long-term goals.



"It was a pleasure to work with Mrs. Henning from the initial consultation until the day our case was approved and green card was in our hand.

She was always very accessible, responsive, and reliable, and was an extremely knowledgeable resource on timelines, procedures, current immigration laws and what to expect from the process from start to finish.

Most important for us is the fact that Mrs. Henning was efficient and timely in preparing the paperwork and forms for every stage of the application and was diligent and thorough in creating a comprehensive case file to ensure we were providing all information necessary for a successful adjudication of our case.

She was on top of things every step of the way and we knew we could rely on her to make sure everything was taken care of. We were in fantastic hands and would not hesitate to highly recommend working with her to anyone. Thanks so much."

— Michaela Worm-Herzner and Heiko Worm

"The immigration process can be a stressful and challenging journey. This is exactly how I felt before I met Norma Henning. I was going through a rough divorce, had an arrest record and did not have any family around. I was not sure if I would be able to have my case approved. Norma was able to prepare everything.

She assured and supported me throughout the entire process. After going through another similar process without an attorney, this was a completely unique experience to have Norma by my side attending my interviews in the USCIS. She was like Immigration Fairy Godmother who made things magically happen.

I am beyond grateful for all the professionalism and care that Norma always provided. After receiving my green card and citizenship, I referred Norma to my parents to apply for their green cards. It was also a challenging case due to my father’s military background. But her level of experience and expertise helped us get the application done the right way.

I told Norma once that I trusted her 110% and if she told me to dress up as a clown for the interview, I would have done it because she knows best. Do not hesitate, get your case managed by a professional immigration attorney who cares!"

— Maria S. and family

"I was referred to Norma Henning by my CPA, who spoke highly about her knowledge when it comes to visa and immigration matters. I wanted to move from Germany to the US and was looking for the best way to get my visa or even permanent resident card (green card).

She analyzed my professional background and found that I qualified for classification as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability in my field. Now some time ago, I opened my own consulting firm and get to contribute my experience and skills to U.S. clients while enjoying the flexibility that permanent residence brings with it.

Traveling back and forth to Europe has been possible even during the pandemic, and I am very grateful to Ms. Henning for guiding and supporting me and my wife throughout the process. She has shown so much knowledge and experience in this matter, that I always felt like I was in the best of hands. And she navigated all matters of the process at the very high standard which I expected as an executive manager.

Also, it has been a lot of fun to work with Norma Henning and I have recommended her in the past more than a dozen times to friends and other entrepreneurs."

— Dr. Ulrich P
Naples FL

"Mrs. Henning has been the key component in our success with my husband immigrating to the USA. During a time when NO ONE knew what to expect (started in late 2018 and it’s now early 2022), I don’t think we could have made it without her. Many couples who have struggled with bringing in their spouses during the Pandemic and Trump administration would know that it has been exhausting to deal with all the changes and closures.

We were separated for SO LONG during COVID but Mrs. Henning has been so patient and encouraging. She was extremely detail-oriented and always knew when there was any new changes to be made on any of the documents. Mind you, we never knew it would take this long and frankly many couple probably would rush the documentation process but due to everything being so difficult in general it took FOREVER.

If you are in need of someone who will NOT ONLY help you with what documents you need for immigration but someone who is compassionate, attentive, and will aid you with any concerns or questions about immigrating… THIS IS HER. I won’t ever consider anyone else and I am grateful to god to have someone like her as my lawyer during these complicated times. Thank you Mrs. Henning!"

— Veronica G
Naples FL