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Nonimmigrant Visa Categories

by Hamid R. Kashani, Attorney at Law
Nov 07, 2018

Temporary visitors admitted into the United States are considered nonimmigrants. They are granted nonimmigrant visas consistent with the purpose of their visit. Each visa category has its own terms and conditions.  Here are some of the common nonimmigrant visa categories:

Visa CodeDescriptionINA §
A-1Ambassador, public minister, or career diplomatic or consular officer101(a)(15)(A)(i)
A-2Officials and employees of a foreign government101(a)(15)(A)(ii)
A-3Attendants, servants, personal employees, and immediate family members of A1 & A2 visa holders101(a)(15)(A)(iii)
B-1Business visitors101(a)(15)(B)
B-2Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors101(a)(15)(B)
CAliens in transit (C-1, C-2, C-3)101(a)(15)(C)
DCrewmembers101(a)(15)(D)
E-1 Treaty traders and their immediate family members 101(a)(15)(E)(i)
E-2 Treaty investors and their immediate family members 101(a)(15)(E)(ii)
E-3Australian treaty aliens coming to the United States to work in a specialty occupation101(a)(15)(E)(iii)
F-1 International students 101(a)(15)(F)(i)
F-2 Spouses and children of international students 101(a)(15)(F)(ii)
F-3 Canadian and Mexican commuter students 101(a)(15)(F)(iii)
G-1Principal representatives of recognized foreign governments to international organizations and their immediate family members101(a)(15)(G)(i)
G-2Other representatives of recognized foreign governments to international organizations and their immediate family members101(a)(15)(G)(ii)
G-3Representatives of non-recognized foreign governments to international organizations and their immediate family members101(a)(15)(G)(iii)
G-4Officers or employees of international organizations and their family members101(a)(15)(G)(iv)
G-5Attendants, servants, or employees of G-1 to G-4 visa holders and their immediate family members101(a)(15)(G)(v)
H-1B Temporary professionals 101(a)(15)(H)
H-1B Temporary professionals from Chile or Singapore 101(a)(15)(H)
H-1CNurses for Health Professional Shortage Areas101(a)(15)(H)
H-2ATemporary agriculture workers101(a)(15)(H)
H-2BTemporary workers101(a)(15)(H)
H-3Trainees101(a)(15)(H)
H-4Spouse or child of H visa holders101(a)(15)(H)
IForeign press, radio, film, or other foreign information media and their accompanying spouse and children101(a)(15)(I)
J-1Exchange visitors101(a)(15)(J)
J-2Spouses and children of exchange visitors101(a)(15)(J)
K-1 Fiancés of U.S. citizens 101(a)(15)(K)(i)
K-2 Children of fiancés of U.S. citizens 101(a)(15)(K)(iii)
K-3 Spouses of U.S. citizens (awaiting immigrant visa availability) 101(a)(15)(K)(ii)
K-4 Children of spouses of U.S. citizens (awaiting immigrant visa availability) 101(a)(15)(K)(iii)
L-1 Intracompany transferees 101(a)(15)(L)
L-2 Spouse and children of intracompany transferees 101(a)(15)(L)
M-1 Vocational international students 101(a)(15)(M)(i)
M-2 Spouses and children of vocational international students 101(a)(15)(M)(ii)
M-3 Canadian and Mexican commuter vocational students 101(a)(15)(M)(iii)
O-1Visitors with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics101(a)(15)(O)(i)
O-2Those accompanying O-1 visa holder to assist in their performance101(a)(15)(O)(ii)
O-3Spouse and children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders101(a)(15)(O)(iii)
P-1Internationally-recognized athletes and performing artists101(a)(15)(P)(i)
P-2Artists in a reciprocal exchange program101(a)(15)(P)(ii)(II)
P-3Artist or entertainer of a culturally unique program101(a)(15)(P)(iii)
P-4Spouses and children of P-1, P-2, or P-3 visa holders101(a)(15)(P)(iv)
QParticipant in an international cultural exchange program and their spouses and children (Q-1, Q-2, & Q-3)101(a)(15)(Q)
RReligious workers and their spouses and children (R-1 & R-2)101(a)(15)(R)
S-5Alien possessing critical and reliable information concerning a criminal organization or enterprise101(a)(15)(S)(I)
S-6Aliens willing to supply or having supplied information to federal law enforcement authorities or a federal court 101(a)(15)(S)(II)
S-7Spouses and married and unmarried sons and daughters of aliens receiving S-5 or S-6 visas101(a)(15)(S)(III)
TVictims of severe forms of human trafficking and their qualified family members (T-1 to -5)101(a)(15)(T)
TN NAFTA Professionals.  Citizens of Canada and Mexico Coming to the United States to perform professional services for a sponsoring employer, in a specific position, and for a fixed period of time 214(j)
TD Dependents of TN visa holders 214(j)
UVictims of criminal activity who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and their qualified family members (U-1 to -5)101(a)(15)(U)
V Spouses and children of permanent residents who have been awaiting visa availability for three (3) years or more (V-1, V-2, & V-3).  [Practically Expired. To apply for this visa, the underlying petition must have been filed on or before December 21, 2000]. 101(a)(15)(V)

Related Topics:

International Academic Students (F)

International Vocational Students (M)

Exchange Scholars (J)

Temporary Professionals (H-1B & H-1B1)

Intracompany Transferees (L-1 & L-2)

NAFTA Professionals (TN & TD)

Treaty Traders & Investors (E-1 & E-2)

90-Day Rule

Also see:

Fiancés of U.S. citizens (K-1) & their children (K-2)

Spouses of U.S. citizens (K-3) & their children (K-4) (awaiting immigrant visa availability)

 

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