A Temporary Visa (also called a non-immigrant visa) allows foreigners to stay in the United States on a temporary basis. U.S. embassies or consulates abroad review visa applications and grant visas, as does the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is a bureau in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Foreign nationals and U.S. businesses must submit temporary visa petitions to the proper agency based on specific visa requirements. A variety of non-immigrant visas are available. Common visas include the following:
Temporary Visas for Business or Pleasure
- Business B-1 Visitor Visa
- Visitor for Pleasure B-2 Visa
- Visa Waiver Program
- Student Visas and Employment
- Specialty Workers H-1B Visa
- Agricultural H-2A and Non-Agricultural H-2B Worker Visas
- Exchange Visitors J Visas
Fiancé(e) K-1 Visa
Spouse K-3 or Child K-4 of U.S. Citizen Visas
Religious Workers R-1 Visa
Intracompany Transferees L-1 Visa
Extraordinary Ability or Achievement O-1 Visa
Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers P Visas
- Athlete’s P-1A Visa
- Entertainment Group P-1B Visa
- Exchange Group Performers P-2 Visa
- Culturally Unique Artists or Entertainers P-3 Visa
The visa type specifies the activities in which the person may engage while staying in the United States, such as work, study, performance arts, etc. Generally, one visa may apply to multiple visits over an indicated time period.
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Frequently changing immigration laws make it wise to seek legal advice when applying for a visa. If you are an individual or employer with temporary visa concerns, arrange a consultation to discuss your concerns with one of our attorneys.