NON - IMMIGRANT -
B-1/B-2 Visitor's Visa; B1 - Visitor for
Business; B2 - Visitor for Pleasure
For coming to the U.S. for business or pleasure. B-1 business visitor
visas are for brief visits and do not allow employment. Nationals of some
countries are allowed to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.
E1 - Treaty Trader; E2 -
Investors/traders and their employees may receive visas to carry on their
business in the U.S. if the home country has a commercial treaty with the
United States conferring visa eligibility.
F1 - Academic Student
Persons doing a full course of study at an educational institution in the
United States may be eligible for a visa for the course of their study and
a period for practical training (P/T) in their field.
H1B - Specialty Occupation,
Professionals with at least a BA (bachelors or its equivalent work
experience) may be eligible for a nonimmigrant visa. Their employers
should demonstrate that they are paid the minimum prevailing wage for the
H-1A visas are for temporary or seasonal agricultural workers
H-2B-Other Temporary Labor
People providing temporary services or labor usually associated with one
time occupancy, seasonal need, peakload need or intermittent need.
A person receiving training in any field of endeavor, i.e., agriculture,
commerce, communications, finance, government, transportation, for the
professions, as well as training in a purely industrial establishment,
I-Representatives of the
Individuals working on temporary assignments.
J - Exchange Visitor
People coming to the U.S. through an approved exchange program may be
eligible for the J-1 Exchange Visitor's visa. These are students,
scholars, job trainees, faculty, professors and research scholars,
specialists, government visitors etc. Sometimes, a J-1 program will
require that the beneficiary spend at least two years outside of the U.S.
before being permitted to switch to a different nonimmigrant visa or to
K - Fiancé/e of US Citizen
A Fiancée) of a U.S. citizen is eligible for a nonimmigrant visa on the
conclusion of the marriage within 90 days.
L - Intra Company Transferee
L-1 visas are available to executives, managers and specialized employees
moving to their employer's U.S. affiliate sites. Executives and managers
holding L-1 visas may be eligible for permanent residency without the need
for a labor Certification.
Used by students attending a vocational high school, community college, or
junior college which provides non-academic training, excluding language
O1, O2 - Extraordinary
The O-1 category is for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability. They
are entertainers, athletes, scientists, business people etc.
P1, P2, P3 - Athletes and
For athletes, artists and entertainers.
Q-International, Cultural Exchange
Individuals participating in practical training, employment, and the
sharing of the history, culture and traditions of the country of the
R - Religious Vocation
Religious workers apply for the R-1 visa.
TN - Trade NAFTA
A special visa category for nationals of Canada/ Mexico under the North
American Free Trade Agreement and the United States-Canada Free Trade
Dependents of the Above