So, you want to travel to the United States, one of the most exciting countries in the world. What could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately, the answer to that is — just about everything. About 4 million US visas and Green Card applications are denied each year. The most common reasons might surprise you — they include incomplete application or supporting documents, wrong choice of visa category and human errors in the application form. 

The good news is that with a clear understanding of US Visas Application processes and professional advice from an established agency, your US Green Card and Visa application has an outstanding chance of going through smoothly.
And that’s exactly why you should choose our step-by-step Green Card & Visa Guides for the United States.



Every traveler to the USA needs sound, up-to-date, reliable advice

Why do so many travelers rely upon US Green Card Advice (USGCA) to get to the United States? The simple answer is that our service is aimed at saving you time and money by being efficient, user-friendly, up-to-date and thoroughly knowledgeable.

We know from years of experience exactly where the pitfalls lie and we help you anticipate and avoid them. Here’s how we work —

Step-by-Step Visa Guides

1. We offer you a service, not a subscription. Included in the service is a set of customised, tailor-made Green Card & Visa plans, one of which is perfect for you. Your choice depends on whether you are a student, a tourist, a businessman, a professional, a family or whether you qualify under a special program.

2. Once you carefully compare our plans and assess your needs, you can choose the visa plan that suits you and enrol in it by making a simple one-time payment.

3. Once you are a plan member, you get a range of support services to guide you through your application processes, whether it is for a visa or a Green Card.

A rainbow of supporting services

When you have selected your USGCA visa plan, you gain instant access to 13-41 of our renowned Green Card & Visa Guides. There is one visa guide for each visa, and in it you will find the most up-to-date information on current rules, application procedures and other requirements. In these visa guides, you will also find step-by-step guidance at each stage of the visa application process.

Many visas are simple enough that you can complete the application process by yourself. However, the Green Card application and certain visas may have detailed, complicated forms and processes. As a paying plan member, you get unlimited email support for the duration of the plan period.

In certain cases, you may feel the need for expert advice from an immigration lawyer. As part of your plan, you have access to our curated list of some of the best immigration lawyers in the United States for each category of visa. Each lawyer has been vetted thoroughly by our team and is guaranteed to offer you the best legal guidance at the most reasonable price.

USGCA is your reliable and trusted partner when it comes to immigration to the United States. We will save you time, money and headaches and give you everything you need to get to the United States hassle free!

Green Card & VISA Guides

A universe of Green Card & Visa Guide categories — and all lead to the USA

All kinds of people want to go to the United States — young and old, individuals and families, students and teachers, tourists and professionals, vacationers and immigrants. The United States has visas for each of them. In 2021, under President Biden’s administration, the United States has over 180 visas. As long as you know how to choose one that’s perfect for you, half your battle is already won.

Our user-friendly, step-by-step Green Card & Visa Guides are up-to-date and industry-standard. A few of them are showcased below, but go ahead and click the button below them to see a preview of all our visa guides together.

Green Card & Visa Guides


The ESTA, or Electronic System for Travel Authorization, is not a visa at all, but a simple online authorization that must be obtained by any citizen of one of the 39 participant countries of the Visa Waiver Program.

Tourist Visa B2

The B2 Visitor visa is one of the most generous and welcoming of non- immigrant visas for entering the United States. Once issued, it is valid for 10 years of multiple entries, with each visit as long as six months.

Trainee Program

The Trainee Program represents a distinctive opportunity to young professionals all over the world to visit the United States to both advance their skills and enjoy USA’s life and culture.

International Visitor Program

The International Visitor Program is a people-to-people program under the EVP and is perfect if you are a specialist of distinction, nationally or internationally, recognized as a leader or seen as having great promise and potential in your field of specialization.

Government Visitor Program

The EVP is among the most diverse visas for going to the United States and is designed to enable non-Americans to travel within the United States and study or work there as a sponsored exchange visitor while immersing themselves in the local culture.

Physician Program J1 visa

Under the Physician Program, non-US physicians can participate in graduate medical education programs or clinical training programs at US schools of medicine that are members of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


We’ve been helping people get to the United States for 20 years

Since 2000, US Green Card Advice has been among the world’s top services for getting people to the United States. We’ve been the guiding light for students, tourists, businessmen, families, professionals and others trying to reach the land of opportunity — and we’ve learned a lot in the process.

Green Card and Visa Guides made simple

Thanks to these years of experience, we now have a deep understanding of all the pitfalls, loopholes and best strategies to use when applying for a United States visa or Green Card. We know the latest rules, the procedures, the application processes. Our focus is on saving you time and money. If you want to get to the United States without losing your peace of mind. Read More

Green Card & Visa Guides Pricing

Custom-designed Green Card & Visa Guides for every kind of US traveler

US Green Card Advice believes in saving you both time and money as you apply to enter the United States. Based on our extensive experience over two decades and an analysis of the needs and specific requirements of different types of travelers, we designed four plan packages — Student & Tourist, Family & Work, Business & Specialty, and our best value VIP All Visa Plan.

Joining a plan unlocks your set of visa guides, our recommendations for expert immigration lawyers and includes round-the-clock email support during your plan period. You can see our four plans arranged side by side below so that you can easily compare their features and find one that works the best for your needs.

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Choose this plan if you are a Tourist, Student or Teacher


On Sale

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  • 13 Visa guides included
  • Email support on all visas
  • List of 3 best Immigration Lawyers
  • Access and Support for 30 days
  • Upgrade your plan at anytime
  • $25 discount on Diversity Visa Program Submission
  • One time payment
  • No Subscription


Most Popular Plan


Choose this plan if your family are in the United States or you need a work visa


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  • 13 Visa guides included
  • Email support on all visas
  • List of 5 best Immigration Lawyers
  • Access and Support for 60 days
  • Upgrade your plan at anytime
  • $50 discount on Diversity Visa Program Submission
  • One time payment
  • No Subscription


Best for Business


Choose this plan if you need a specialty visa, or want to do business in the USA


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  • 17 Visa guides included
  • Email support on all visas
  • List of 7 best Immigration Lawyers
  • Access and Support for 90 days
  • Upgrade your plan at anytime
  • $75 discount on Diversity Visa Program Submission
  • One time payment
  • No Subscription


Best Value Plan


Choose this plan if access to all visas + free submission to the Diversity Visa Program


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  • 41 Visa guides included
  • Email support on all visas
  • List of 15 best Immigration Lawyers
  • Access and Support for 365 days
  • Get full access to all visa guides
  • 100% Free Diversity Visa Program Submission
  • One time payment
  • No Subscription



‘We couldn’t have done it without US Green Card Advice’

Two decades of service means thousands of satisfied customers. Our lifeline to a better service has always the letters we receive from our satisfied clients, whether it’s a bouquet or a brickbat, a suggestion or a critique, applause or complaint. Take a look at a few of our best testimonials below —

Your service has been super helpful for me and my family. Thank you so much. We saved precious time but we were also guided by one of the best immigration lawyers ever, and we chose her from the names in your recommended list of immigration lawyers. I’d recommend your service to anyone that wants to get to the United States without wasting time.

Lisa (Norway)

Our daughter finally made it to the US on an Au Pair exchange visitor visa — and the excellent support and guidance of your agency. Your visa guide was a life-saver. So was your support team, especially their patient and detailed advice on our endless questions. I couldn’t have wished for a more user-friendly and professional team. Asante sana!

Assumpta (Kenya)

I had a great experience with the United States Green Card Advice service — and am now in the United States, well on my way to my Green Card. US visa rules are very fluid and keep changing as administrations change. You really need someone who’s up-to-date with all the latest rules, requirements and regulations and can give you step-by-step advice.

Caroline Matatu (Cape Town)


A country for all people, and visas for every need

The United States has long been a country of immigrants. For a person who wants to travel to the US, that means good news and bad news. 

The good news is that the US loves to have people over. The country’s history, technological prowess, music and culture have been built by its immigrants. Since 2020, when President Biden assumed power, there has been a new wind blowing and a growing feeling that the doors are once again open to immigrants.

US immigration - Get professional help by our team.

The bad news is that while its gates are open to visitors from all over the world, the United States also has some of the most rigorous processes and rules when it comes to applying for a visa or a Green Card for immigration. Requiring visitors to apply for a visa allows US Immigration to screen and evaluate them and filter out malicious visitors. While many visas are relatively easy to apply for and can be done by the travelers themselves, certain other visas or Green Card applications can be time and labor intensive. 

There are more immigrants in the USA than in just about any other nation. In 2019, despite an administration focused on reducing immigration, the US admitted about 79 million visitors, of whom over 1.2 million were immigrants seeking Green Cards. In that year, the immigrant population already living in the United States numbered a record 45 million. If you included the US-born children of immigrants as well, the number would rise to about 86 million people, or 26 percent of the U.S. population, according to the 2020 Current Population Survey. According to the Pew Research Center, by 2065 no less than 36% of America’s population will be of immigrant origin.

America’s welcoming spirit towards its visitors is best captured in the words written on the Statue of Liberty, taken from a poem by Emma Lazarus —

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me

Despite the inspiring, uplifting sentiment in those words, America’s immigration policy over the centuries has been anything but straightforward. It has been bedeviled by politics, ideologies, racism, economic realities and more recently, by disinformation and conspiracy theories. The four years of the previous administration from 2016 to 2020 may have been a historical low point for anti-immigrant policies.

The USA’s first ever immigrants came before it was even the USA, in the 17th century, when about 400,000 English people migrated to colonial America. Through most of the 18th century, another 500,000 or so Europeans migrated to the new old, though estimates vary. They included more English, but also Scots, Scots Irish, Germans, Swiss, French Huguenots — and for the first time, 300,000 or so enslaved Africans.

A law that’s always in the making

America’s immigration laws and policies have long been fluid and in flux. One of the earliest legislations, called Naturalization Act of 1790 benefited only “free white persons”. It was not until 1860 that it was expanded to include blacks. Asians had to wait till the 1950s to be included in the Act. 

Back in those days, immigration was a trickle, no more than about 8,000 people a year, but after 1820, the trickle began growing into a flood. Between 1836 and 1914, over 30 million Europeans moved to American shores. The journey was by ship and full of peril. If today’s biggest hurdle is finding the correct visa and filling the application form correctly, back then the question was whether a person would reach the United States alive. One in seven travelers didn’t survive the trans-Atlantic crossing. 

America’s first immigration law was the Page Act of 1875, which prohibited Chinese females from entering the US. Eight years later, the law grew to include Chinese men as well. An even more sweeping legislation called the Immigration Act was passed in 1917, prohibiting all persons of Asian origin from entry to the United States.

When did these restrictive immigration policies change? It was not till 1965, when the Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Cellar Act, finally did away with quotas and restrictions based on nationality. This immediately spurred new immigration from non-European countries. The USA we know today, with its colorful ethnic mix, finally began to emerge.

What about tourists and holidaymakers?

While immigration to the United States has always been a shifting canvas, plenty of people regularly visit the United States as non-immigrants for a vacation or meeting friends and family. The United States actively fosters and encourages tourism, as well as visits, short terms stay for education, professional engagements, academic assignments, as well as a range of other options including a popular series of exchange programs.

The Immigration Act of 1990 also introduced one of the most popular options for people wanting to settle in the United States. Though it’s officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, people know it better as the Green Card lottery. Under this program, the United States makes 55,000 immigrant visas available every year under the Immigrant and Nationality Act. The specific objective of this program is to help diversify the immigrant population of the United States by selecting applicants from countries that have sent the lowest number of immigrants in the previous five-year period. Around 12 million people applied for the Diversity visa in 2019.

A step-by-step guide to applying for the Diversity visa is included in three of our membership plans. In the fourth one, the VIP All-Visa plan, application as well as submission is free.

President JOE BIDEN

US Immigration policy changes dramatically in 2021

Under the four years of President Donald Trump’s administration, the United States witnessed an unprecedented flood of anti-immigration policy changes. Immigrants were demonized, criminalized, and branded as trespassers and undesirables. Laws and punitive measures made entry difficult if not impossible. For those already in the United States as well as their children born in the US, the noose of American law began growing tighter, diminishing their options drastically.

The new administration of President Joseph Biden promised to reverse most if not all of the previous administration’s policies. Here are the changes and policy announcements so far —

On January 20, President Biden halted construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, ending the national emergency that had been declared in February 2018. Three executive orders followed swiftly, ending the travel bans on 14 countries, most of them Muslim, that had been in force since early 2017.

US immigration - President Joe Biden

The most visionary development under the Biden administration has probably been the US Citizenship Act of 2021, proposed on January 21 and awaiting a vote from Congress. If it goes through as proposed, this Act will permanently replace the word ‘alien’ with ‘noncitizen’ and create a path to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States currently. It will also make it significantly easier for professionals and other workers to stay in the United States legally.

Under President Biden, it will not be possible to be refused entry or be deported because of less serious drug-based crimes, simple assault, drunk driving, money laundering, property crimes, fraud, tax crimes or charges without convictions. The focus has shifted instead to filtering out people indicted for major drug crimes, membership of known gangs, or a record of child abuse, murder and rape.

For the average US traveler, it is as if America’s doors are open once again and a smile of welcome is waiting on the other side. All you must do is to get your paperwork right, choose your Green Card & Visa Guides wisely and correctly and make your application.

And if you need some guidance and professional hand-holding — well, you know the friendly folks at US Green Card Advice are always there, ready to serve.

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