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Immigration Visas A to Z

Non-Immigrant Visas A to Z

A-1. Ambassadors, public ministers or career diplomats and their immediate family members.

A-2. other accredited officials or employees of foreign governments and their immediate family members

A-3. personal attendants, servants or employees and their immediate family members of A-1 and A-2 visa holders.

B-1. Business visitors. Foreign business persons may enter the U.S. for a temporary period to conduct limited business activities, but not to work. While the B-1 visa itself is generally valid for five years, the actual period of time that the immigration border officer will issue is normally for a period of up to 180 days. Extensions are available for an additional 180 day period. Generally, spouse and dependent children will also be issued the visa to allow them to travel with the principal business person, , however, this is not guaranteed.

B-2. Tourist visitors. Foreign tourists may enter the U.S. for a temporary period to travel and conduct personal activities, but not to work. While the B-2 visa itself is generally valid for five years, the actual period of time that the immigration border officer will issue is normally for a period of up to 180 days. Extensions are available for an additional 180 day period. Tourists from certain countries are permitted to come to the U.S. without B-2 visas under what is known as the Visa Waiver Program. Generally, spouse and dependant children will also be issued the visa to allow them to travel together, however, this is not guaranteed.

C-1. Foreign travelers in immediate and continuous transit through the U.S.

D-1. Crewmen who need to and who will depart aboard the same ship on which they arrived.

E-1. Treaty traders. This type of visa allows foreign nationals of international companies to enter the U.S. in order to organize, direct, develop and conduct trade between the U.S. and the treaty country of which the treaty trader is a citizen, as long as the foreign national's presence in the U.S. is necessary to the enterprise and at least 50% of the total volume of the company's trade must be between the US and the treaty country. The E-1 visa may be renewed perpetually, and is usually issued for anywhere between one and five years. Treaty must exist between the U.S. and foreign country. Generally, spouse and dependent children will also be issued the visa to allow them to travel and live in the U.S. with the principal business person.

E-2. Treaty investors. This type of visa allows foreign national investors to enter the U.S. in order to organize, direct, develop and conduct substantial investments in the U.S. and the treaty country of which the treaty trader is a citizen, as long as the foreign national's presence in the U.S. is necessary to the U.S. enterprise. The E-1 visa may be renewed perpetually, and is usually issued for anywhere between one and five years. Generally, spouse and dependant children will also be issued the visa to allow them to travel and live in the U.S. with the principal business person. Spouses are now allowed to work, and children can attend school.

F-1. Academic or language students. Allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. in order to pursue a full-time course of academic study at an approved institution. May remain in the U.S. for "duration of status", meaning the normal time it takes to complete the academic course of study chosen by the student. Generally, spouse and dependant children will also be issued an F-2 visa to allow them to travel and live in the U.S. with the principal F-1 holder. After a period of time in F-1 status, in most circumstances may work 20 hours per week as approved by the academic institution.

F-2. Immediate family members of F- 1 visa holders. F-1 holders may not work, but may attend school.

G-1. Designated principal resident representatives of foreign governments coming to the U.S. to work for an international organization, their staff members and immediate family members.

G-2. Other accredited representatives of foreign governments coming to the U.S. to work for an international organization and their immediate family members.

G-3. Representatives of foreign governments, and immediate family members who would ordinarily qualify are not for G-1 or G-2 visas except that their governments members of an international organization.

G-4. Officers or employees of international organizations and their immediate family members. G-5. Attendants, servants and personal employees of G- I through G-4 visa holders and their immediate family members.

H-1A. Registered nurses.

H-1 B. Professionals. Allows foreign national professionals working in designated specialty occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in on-the-job experience, and distinguished fashion models to enter the U.S. in order to work temporarily. H-1B visas are issued for up to three years and may be extended for an additional three years for a total period of six years. Generally, spouse and dependant children will also be issued an H-4 visa to allow them to travel and live in the U.S. with the principal H-1B professional. H-4 holders may not work, but may attend school. H-B visas are subject to annual quotas and are generally not available for the present year after May or June, requiring new H-1B applicants to wait until October, when the new quota year begins.

H-2A. Temporary agricultural workers coming to U.S. to fill positions for which a temporary shortage of America workers has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

H-2B. Temporary workers of various kinds coming to the U.S. to perform temporary jobs for which there ' s a shortage of available qualified American workers.

H-3. Temporary trainees.

H-4. Immediate family members ofH-1, H-2 or H-3 visa holders. H-4 holders may not work, but may attend school.

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