Nicklaus Misiti on U.S. Tourist Visas
There are several kinds of nonimmigrant visas for temporary visitors to travel to the U.S., if you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident. The nature of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. It’s important to have information about the type of nonimmigrant visa you will need for travel, and the steps required to apply for the visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
|Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas||Visa Type||Required: Before Applying for Visa*|
|Athletes, amateur & professional (compete for prize money only)||B-1||(NA)|
|Au pairs (exchange visitor)||—J—||SEVIS|
|Australian professional specialty||E-3||DOL|
|Border Crossing Card: Mexico||BCC||(NA)|
|Diplomats and foreign government officials||—A—||(NA)|
|Domestic employees or nanny -must be accompanying a foreign national employer||B-1||(NA)|
|Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO||G1-G5, NATO||(NA)|
|Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S.||A-2
|Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics||—O—||USCIS|
|Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professionals: Chile, Singapore||H-1B1 – Chile
H-1B1 – Singapore
|International cultural exchange visitors||Q||USCIS|
|Medical treatment, visitors for||B-2||(NA)|
|NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada||TN/TD||(NA)|
|Performing athletes, artists, entertainers||—P—||USCIS|
|Physician||J , H-1B||SEVIS|
|Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)||—J—||SEVIS|
|Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge||H-1B||DOL then USCIS|
|Students: academic, vocational||F, M||SEVIS|
|Temporary agricultural workers||H-2A||DOL then USCIS|
|Temporary workers performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.||H-2B||DOL then USCIS|
|Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors||B-2||(NA)|
|Training in a program not primarily for employment||H-3||USCIS|
|Treaty traders/treaty investors||—E—||(NA)|
|Transiting the United States||—C—||(NA)|
|Victims of Criminal Activity||U||USCIS|
|Victims of Human Trafficking||—T—||USCIS|
|Visa Renewals – Available in the U.S.||(NA)|
*What the abbreviations (above) mean:
Before applying for a visa at a U.S. Embassy abroad the following is required:
- DOL = The U.S. employer must obtain foreign labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, before filing a petition with USCIS.
- USCIS = DHS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of a petition or application (The required petition or application depends on the visa category you plan to apply for.)
- SEVIS = Program approval entered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
- (NA) = Not Applicable – Means that additional approval by other government agencies is not required prior to applying for a visa at the U.S. Embassy abroad.
- Canadian NAFTA Professional workers- Visa not required, apply to CBP at border port-of-entry.
- K visas are for the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen and immigrating or joining a U.S. citizen spouse in the United States while awaiting USCIS approval of Form I-130 for immigrant status. Visit the immigrant visa section of this website for K-1 and K-3 visa information.
The Law Offices of Nicklaus Misiti, PLLC is familiar with various types of U.S. Tourist Visas. Nicklaus Misiti Attorney can be reached at (212) 537-4407 or via our website, www.misitiglobal.com.
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