NON-IMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES
There are several types of non-immigrant visas available for individuals who wish to travel to the United States temporarily for work, study, or tourism. Here is a brief overview of some of the most common non-immigrant visas and their requirements:
H-1B Visa: The H-1B visa is for foreign workers who will be employed in a specialty occupation, such as in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. To be eligible for an H-1B visa, the individual must have a job offer from a U.S. employer and possess the necessary qualifications, including a bachelor’s or higher degree. The employer must also file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the individual’s behalf.
B-1/B-2 Tourist Visa: The B-1/B-2 visa is for individuals who wish to visit the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2). To be eligible for a B-1/B-2 visa, the individual must demonstrate that they have a residence outside of the United States that they do not intend to abandon, as well as sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay. The individual must also demonstrate that they have a specific purpose for their visit and that they will return to their home country upon the expiration of their visa.
F-1 Student Visa: The F-1 visa is for individuals who wish to study full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. To be eligible for an F-1 visa, the individual must have been accepted to a U.S. institution and possess the necessary academic qualifications and financial support. The individual must also demonstrate that they have a residence outside of the United States that they do not intend to abandon.
J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: The J-1 visa is for individuals who will participate in an approved exchange program, such as work and study programs, research programs, or teaching programs. To be eligible for a J-1 visa, the individual must have been accepted into an approved exchange program and possess the necessary qualifications. The program sponsor must also file a DS-2019 form with the individual’s information.
The application process and requirements for each type of non-immigrant visa can vary, but typically involve submitting an application and supporting documentation to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the individual’s home country. In addition to the specific requirements for each visa type, all non-immigrant visa applicants must demonstrate that they are not inadmissible to the United States, meaning that they do not have any criminal or immigration violations or pose a security threat.
It is important to note that each non-immigrant visa has specific limitations and restrictions, including the length of stay allowed, the activities permitted while in the United States, and the ability to work. Working with an experienced immigration attorney can help individuals understand the specific requirements and limitations of each visa type, as well as navigate the application process to increase their chances of success.