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Types of visas in the USA

Types of visas in the USA


The USA, the United State of America is a country of 50 states. Its capital is Washington DC. It has been the location of choice for international commuters. Talking about the international students, the USA has been the location of choice for them. They have been a huge economic win for the U.S. and for the states as they have contributed $36.9 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 450,000 jobs during the 2016-2017 academic years.

In this blog, you will get to know about various sorts of visas offered by USA immigration.

What are the types of Visas and the difference between those, offered by the US government?

There are different types of US Visa offered to the international commuters. They are mainly sorted as Immigrant Visa and Non-Immigrant Visa.

Immigrant Visa: This is the type of visa in which an individual can apply this for the purpose of being PR in USA. The country issues a limited number of immigrant Visas to foreign citizens as per their country’s requirements and government decision. Immigrant visas are known as Green Card holder or permanent residents in the USA. Once the candidate receives this visa, they can move to the USA permanently and stay there as long as they want to without having a deadline to return to their home country.

Non-immigrant visa: Non-immigrant visas are issued to those who enter the United States on a temporary basis for the purposes of tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of nonimmigrant visa needed is defined by immigration law, and related to the purpose of the travel. These are temporary, which means that they expire and the visa holder must return to their home country immediately after the expiration date his/her visa.

Here are the types of visas:

  • Visitor Visa: This is the type of visa in which an individual can only visit USA as a tourist. Such sort of visa is for temporary basis. Candidate can stay there for a maximum of six months. This is categorized into two: B1 and B2 visa. One who wants to apply for this visa has to prove their temporary stay in USA which reflects the returning to home after their trip.
  • Student Visa: This is the type of visa in which an individual wish to enroll in a college or university for study purposes. You will be designated as an international student after having this visa. The duration of this visa can be the varying person to person and program to program. These are the categories of the US student visas: F1, F2 and M1.
  • Exchange Visitor Visa: This is the type of visa in which an individual who participate in exchange programs and some type of practical training and employment within the United States can go for it. It is divided into two types: J1 and Q.
  • Temporary Work Visa: This is the type of visa in which an individual can work in the USA legally, with some duration of time (on a temporary basis). Below are the categories of such visa: H1B, H1B1, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, L1,O1,O2,O3, P, R1, TN/TD, E3, I visas
  • Investor and Treaty Trader Visa: basically, the E visas are known for Investor visa. It is for those who have treaties of commerce and navigation in the US. Types: E1and E2.
  • Diplomatic and Official Visa: Categories of official and diplomatic visas are mentioned following: A1, A2 NATO1-6, and G-1 to G-5.
  • Visas for Victims of Crime and Human Trafficking: Further mentioned are the categories of visas which you can apply if you are applicable for it: T visa for those who are victims of human trafficking who have severe trauma, but can also assist in investigating crimes related to human trafficking. And U visa is for those who have been a victim of certain criminal activities.
  • Family-Sponsored Visas: Under this category, there are various sorts of visas: F2A and F2B, IR-2 visa, IR5 visa, F1, F3, F4, IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4. To explore the purposes of such visas, kindly go through the content of the visa purposes above.
  • Fiancé and Spouse Visas: A fiancé visa, technically called a K-1 visa, is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A couple must typically have seen each other in person within the previous two years. Here are the categories: K1, IR1, CR1, and K3.
  • Employer-Sponsored Visas:  Employers sometimes have the option of hiring highly educated nonimmigrant workers if they are unable to find workers in their country they can typically be sponsored for a limited time by an employer through the H-1B visa program, issued under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The following visas are issued for immigrant employees: EB1, EB-5, SI, and SQ visa

What are the Eligibility Criteria for US Visa?

You have to meet the following conditions for your visa:

  • A passport that is valid for a period of at least 6 months.
  • A valid reason for traveling to the United States.
  • Your health must sound great and you should not have any kind of communicable disease and needs to go through a medical test by an approved physician.
  • The candidate must have enough finance to support him or their dependents.
  • Candidates have to prove his/her strong relationships and ties for the country he/she belongs from.
  • Dependents/ spouses traveling with the applicant should apply for separate visas.
  • An individual must not have any kind of past history related to crime or any ongoing criminal case.

What are the Documents Required For US Visa?

  • Passport.
  • Colored Passport size photographs.
  • Marriage Certificate, (if applicable).
  • Funds.
  • Divorce/death certificate of spouse, (if applicable).
  • All original documents establishing the relationship between the petitioner and the applicant need to be submitted In case of family-based cases or dependent Visa.
  • A letter from the employer confirming the essential elements of the job offer in case of a work visa.
  • PCC (Police Clearance Certificate).
  • Certificate of birth.

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What are the categories of visas and their purposes in USA?

There are various categories of types of visas in USA that have been set by the concerned authorities with different purposes. Below mentioned is the chart that represents the types of visa categories and their purposes. Check those out and enlist yourself according to the type you want:

Visa typePurpose
AForeign government officials and diplomats
A1, G-1, NATO1-6Visa renewals
A-2, NATO1-6Military personnel of a foreign country stationed in the U.S.
B-1Amateur and professional athletes who are competing for prize money Business visitors Nannies or domestic employees
B-2Visitors for medical treatment Tourists, vacationers and pleasure visitors
BCCMexican Border Crossing Card
CTransit in the U.S.
DCrew members serving on aircrafts Crew members serving on sea vessels
E-1Treaty traders
E-2Treaty investors
E-3Australian professionals and specialty workers
F-1Language and academic students
F-2Dependents of F-1 Visa holders
G1- G5, NATODesignated international organization’s employees and NATO
H-1B1Chilean FTA (Free Trade Agreement) professionals Singaporean FTA (Free Trade Agreement) professionals
H1-BPhysicians and highly specialized occupations requiring specific industry knowledge.
H2-ATemporary workers for seasonal agriculture
H2-BTemporary workers for non-agricultural professions
H3Primarily non-employment training programs
H1-CNurses travelling to areas that has shortage of healthcare professionals
IInformation media representatives and journalists
JExchange visitors International cultural exchange visitors
J-1Au-pairs exchange visitors Professors, scholars and teachers as exchange visitors
J-2Children under the ages of 21/ Spouse of J-1 holder
LIntra company transferees
M-1Vocational students
M-2Dependent of M-1 holder
O-1Foreign nationals possessing excellent knowledge and abilities in the fields of art, science, education, athletics or business
PEntertainers, artists and athletes
QInternational cultural exchange visitors
RReligious works
TN/TDMexican and Canadian NAFTA professional workers
T-1Human trafficking victims
U-1Victims of crime, criminal activity

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