Nonimmigrant Visas Info Center
There are many types of nonimmigrant visas. However, no matter what type of temporary visa is right for you, the job of convincing the United States Consular Officer in your country that should receive a visa is entirely your responsibility and your burden of proof. The biggest hurdle is establishing that you have such strong connections to your home country that you will be compelled to return there because of them. By contacting an attorney who understands immigration law and the consular process, you will be prepared for the consul interview and reduce the risk that your visa will be denied.
Nonimmigrant Visa Lawyers
Our immigration attorneys can help your business bring international workers to come to the U.S. on a temporary basis. To learn more about nonimmigrant visas, please review the general information below and visit our nonimmigrant visa page.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Nonimmigrant Visas
Q: What is a nonimmigrant visa? How is it different from an immigrant visa?
A: Nonimmigrant visas are granted to foreign nationals who wish to travel to the U.S. for a temporary purpose, such as to visit friends and family, sight-see, attend an American university or participate in a temporary work program, among others. Immigrant visas allow foreign nationals to move permanently to the U.S. and receive lawful permanent resident status. Those visiting the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas are required to return to their home country once their allotted time has expired.
Q: What do you have to do to get a nonimmigrant visa?
A: Generally, you submit an application to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Most applicants also will need to complete an interview with a consular or embassy officer prior to receiving approval or denial of their visa application. Applicants must have a current passport or other travel document, be able to prove they have applied for the correct nonimmigrant category and be eligible under U.S. law for a visa. Applicants also must submit evidence of their ties to their home country and their intent to return there once their stay in the U.S. has come to an end. Applicants may also need to prove their ability to provide for themselves financially while in the U.S.
Nonimmigrant Visas - An Overview
Nonimmigrant visas are temporary visas that allow foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for a specific purpose for a specific amount of time. It is important that you apply for the right type of visa otherwise you will not be able to accomplish your goals once you reach the United States. Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the process for obtaining a nonimmigrant visa has become stricter and may take longer than before. If you have questions about applying for a nonimmigrant visa, contact an experienced immigration attorney at NPZ Law Group in Ridgewood, NJ. An immigration lawyer can answer your questions and help you determine which nonimmigrant visa fits your needs.
If you wish to visit family or friends, travel or conduct business temporarily in the U.S., then you should apply for a visitor's visa with your local U.S. embassy or consulate. The citizens of some countries may not require a visitor's visa to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.
Thousands of foreign students apply for and are granted visas to study in the United States every year. With increasing wait times and stricter requirements for receiving a student visa, it is important to complete the process correctly the first time.
Temporary Worker Visas
Foreign nationals seeking temporary employment in the U.S. have several nonimmigrant visa choices. The U.S. places caps on the number of nonimmigrant workers who can enter the country each year. The process for entering the U.S. as a nonimmigrant worker is complex and should be initiated well in advance of the intended work start date.
Changing Visa Status
Each nonimmigrant visa is issued for a specific purpose and allows the visa holder to do things to accomplish that purpose. Sometimes, foreign nationals desire to change the purpose of their visit to the United States, such as a pleasure traveler who decides to attend school.
Nonimmigrant Visas Resource Links
United States Visas
The official United States government gateway resource for visas, including information on the different types of nonimmigrant visas, U.S. policy on visas and tools for downloading visa applications and locating consul offices around the world.
United States Department of State
Government website providing information about visas, travel, consulates, the visa waiver program and other useful information for people new to the country and those wishing to secure visas.
American Embassy Locations
This website provides links to U.S. embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions arranged by continent.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
This U.S. government site covers laws, regulations and news about immigration policies. Provides links to visa application forms and temporary worker forms and visa waiting times.
Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
Information about the SEVIS program, including statistical information on the number of foreign students in U.S. higher education institutions and lists of SEVIS approved schools.