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Common Types of Visa in the U.S

What is a U.S. visa?

A U.S visa is a document generally required by foreign nationals who seek to temporarily enter the United States for a particular purpose. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.


These are the most common visa types:


1. Tourism and Visiting Visa - Tourism is a short visit for vacation, for visiting family and friends, or for medical treatment. A foreign national traveling for tourism needs a visitor visa (B-2) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.

2. Study and Exchange Visa - Before applying for a visa, students and exchange visitors must be accepted by their schools or program sponsors.

3. Business Visa - Temporary business include attending business meetings or consultations, attending a business convention or conference or negotiating contracts. A foreign national coming to the U.S to conduct temporary business needs a visitor visa (B-1) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.

4. Employment Visas – the visa needed to work in the United States temporarily as a lawful nonimmigrant, will vary based on the planned employment purpose.

5. Immigrate – Other nonimmigrant visas available to foreign nationals are based on family ties, employment, adoption, special immigrant categories, and the diversity visa.


Consult us today to help determine which visa type is appropriate for you.



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