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U.S.A. Nonimmigrant Visas

A nonimmigrant visa is most frequently a tourist, business, student, or specialty worker travel document that permits you to travel to the United States during the validity of the visa to accomplish a specific purpose, such as visiting, studying, or working in a specialty job.

Individuals who are traveling to the United States for a temporary purpose are classified under U.S. law as nonimmigrants since they do not intend to remain there permanently. These persons must obtain a “nonimmigrant visa” (NIV). Individuals who are traveling to the United States to live and work permanently are classified as immigrants and must obtain an “immigrant visa” (IV) permitting them to stay indefinitely.

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Visa TypeBasis for Eligibility
A-1Ambassador, Public Minister, Career Diplomat or Consular Officer, or Immediate Family
A-2Other Foreign Government Official or Employee, or Immediate Family
A-3Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee of A-1 or A-2, or Immediate Family
B-1Temporary Visitor for Business
B-2Temporary Visitor for Pleasure
B-1/B-2Temporary Visitor for Business & Pleasure
C “Transit Visa”C-1 – Alien in Transit
C-2 – Alien in Transit to United Nations Headquarters District Under Sec. 11.(3), (4), or (5) of the Headquarters Agreement
C-3 – Foreign Government Official, Immediate Family, Attendant, Servant or Personal Employee, in Transit
C-1/D “Crewmember”Combined Transit and Crewmember Visa
For people serving on a ship or plane, landing or docking temporarily
DCrewmember (Sea or Air)
E-1Treaty Trader, Spouse, or Child
E-2Treaty Investor, Spouse, or Child
E-3Australian Treaty Alien Coming to the United States Solely to Perform Services in a Specialty Occupation
E-3DSpouse or Child of E-3
E-3RReturning E-3
F-1Students; academic, including at colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, academic high schools, other academic institutions, and in language training
F-2Spouse or Child of F-1
F-3Canadian or Mexican national commuter student in an academic or language training program
G-1Principal Resident Representative of Recognized Foreign Government to International Organization, Staff, or Immediate Family
G-2Other Representative of Recognized Foreign Member Government to International Organization, or Immediate Family
G-3Representative of Nonrecognized or Nonmember Foreign Government to International Organization, or Immediate Family
G-4International Organization Officer or Employee, or Immediate Family
G-5Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee of G-1 through G-4, or Immediate Family
H-1BTemporary professionals (for specialty occupations such as doctors, engineers, physical therapists, computer professionals; must have at least a bachelor’s degree)
H-4 visa is for dependents
H-1B1Chilean or Singaporean National to Work in a Specialty Occupation
H-1CNurse in Health Professional Shortage Area
H-2ATemporary Worker Performing Agricultural Services Unavailable in the United States
H-2BTemporary Worker Performing Other Services Unavailable in the United States
H-3Trainees
H-4Spouse or Child of Alien Classified H-1B/B-1/C, H-2A/B/R, or H-3
IThe representative of Foreign Information Media, Spouse and Child
J-1Exchange visitor
J-2Spouse or Child of J-1
K-1Fiance(e) of United States Citizen
K-2Child of Fiance(e) of U.S. Citizen
K-3Spouse of U.S. Citizen Awaiting Availability of Immigrant Visa
K-4Child of K-3
L-1Intracompany Transferee (Executive, Managerial, and Specialized Knowledge Personnel Continuing Employment with International Firm or Corporation)
L-2Spouse or Child of Intracompany Transferee
M-1Vocational Student or Other Non-Academic Student
M-2Spouse or Child of M-1
M-3Canadian or Mexican National Commuter Student (Vocational Student or Other Non-Academic Student)
NATO-1Principal Permanent Representative of Member State to NATO (including any of its Subsidiary Bodies) Resident in the U.S. and Resident Members of Official Staff; Secretary General, Assistant Secretaries General, and Executive Secretary of NATO; Other Permanent NATO Officials of Similar Rank, or Immediate Family
NATO-2Other Representative of Member State to NATO (including any of its Subsidiary Bodies) including Representatives, Advisers, and Technical Experts of Delegations, or Immediate Family; Dependents of Member of a Force Entering in Accordance with the Provisions of the NATO Status-of-Forces Agreement or in accordance with the provisions of the “Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters”; Members of Such a Force if Issued Visas
NATO-3Official Clerical Staff Accompanying Representative of Member State to NATO (including any of its Subsidiary Bodies), or Immediate Family
NATO-4Official of NATO (Other Than Those Classifiable as NATO-1), 1098 or Immediate Family
NATO-5Experts, Other Than NATO Officials Classifiable Under NATO-4, Employed in Missions on Behalf of NATO, and their Dependents
NATO-6Member of a Civilian Component Accompanying a Force Entering in Accordance with the Provisions of the NATO Status- of-Forces Agreement; Member of a Civilian Component Attached to or Employed by an Allied Headquarters Under the “Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters” Set Up Pursuant to the North Atlantic Treaty; and their Dependents
NATO-7Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee of NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, and NATO-6 Classes, or Immediate Family
O-1Alien with Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics
O-2Alien Accompanying and Assisting in the Artistic or Athletic Performance by O-1
O-3Spouse or Child of O-1 or O-2
P-1Internationally Recognized Athlete or Member of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group
P-2Artist or Entertainer in a Reciprocal Exchange Program
P-3Artist or Entertainer in a Culturally Unique Program
P-4Spouse or Child of P-1, P-2, or P-3
Q-1Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program
Q-2Irish Peace Process Program Participant
Q-3Spouse or Child of Q-2
R-1Alien in a Religious Occupation
R-2Spouse or Child of R-1
S-5Certain Aliens Supplying Critical Information Relating to a Criminal Organization or Enterprise
S-6Certain Aliens Supplying Critical Information Relating to Terrorism
S-7Qualified Family Member of S-5 or S-6
T-1Victim of a Severe Form of Trafficking in Persons
T-2Spouse of T-1
T-3Child of T-1
T-4Parent of T-1 Under 21 Years of Age
T-5Unmarried Sibling Under Age 18 of T-1 Under 21 Years of Age
TNNAFTA Professional
TDSpouse or Child of NAFTA Professional
U-1Victim of Criminal Activity
U-2Spouse of U-1
U-3Child of U-1
U-4Parent of U-1 Under 21 Years of Age
U-5Unmarried Sibling Under Age 18 of U-1 Under 21 Years of Age
V-1Spouse of a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien Awaiting Availability of Immigrant Visa
V-2Child of a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien Awaiting Availability of Immigrant Visa
V-3Child of a V-1 or V-2

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