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Other Non-Immigrant Visas
A non-immigrant status is for any foreign national who enter the United
States on a temporary basis. There are a variety of purposes for which
a foreign citizen may visit the country, and each requires a specific
visa. Once admitted to the United States, non-immigrant visa holders are
restricted to the activity or purpose of their visit. They will also receive
documentation of their arrival and intention to depart the country. Known
as Form I-94, the document will state how long a non-immigrant visa holder
is permitted to remain in the United States.
Non-Immigrant Visas Categories
U.S. immigration law, there are many different types of non-immigrant visas. These include:
A visas are reserved for foreign national diplomats and government officials.
In order to obtain an A visa, applicants must be traveling to the United
States on official government business. For diplomats and government officials
traveling as tourists or for other non-government reasons, an A visa will
not be granted.
B-1 visas are issued to foreign citizens who are visiting the United States
temporarily for business. This can include consultations with business
associates, business conventions and conferences and other related matters.
Citizens of foreign countries traveling immediately and continuously through
the United States on their way to a foreign destination qualify for C
visas. Also known as a transit visa, C visas require that foreign citizens
intend to pass through the United States, have sufficient funds to complete
the journey and have permission to enter another country when departing
from the United States.
Any crewmember serving on a sea vessel or aircraft will need to obtain
a crewmember D visa. In order to qualify, foreign nationals must demonstrate
that they provide required services on a boat or aircraft or will receive
training. In addition, foreign citizens can apply for a D visa without
currently being employed, as long as they will be employed on a vessel
or aircraft when they arrive in the United States.
F-2 visas are for spouses and children of F-1 visa holders. F-1 visa holders
are full time students attending an approved institution in the United
States. F-2 visa holders must be dependents of an F-1 visa holder and
are prohibited from gaining employment authorization. Children f-2 visa
holders may attend public school.
G visas are issued to employees of international organizations. Depending
on the purpose of their visit, foreign nationals may qualify for one of
four different G visa categories. G-1 visas are for permanent mission
members of a recognized government traveling to a designated international
organization. G-2 visas are reserved for representatives of a recognized
governments temporarily traveling to the U.S. to attend meetings of a
designated international organization. G-3 visas will be granted to representatives
of non-recognized or non-member governments. Any foreign national traveling
to the U.S. to accept a position at a designated international organization
will be given G-4 visas.
Non-immigrant exchange visitors that have been accepted in a certified
exchange visitor program can obtain J visas. In order to qualify, applicants
must show that their stay will be temporary, that they have the funds
to cover expenses in the United States, and that their return home can
be ensured by binding ties in their home country.
Foreign students attending vocational training programs or other nonacademic
institutions should apply for M visas. The same qualifying requirements
as F-2 student visas apply for M visa applicants.
Employees of NATO qualify for an N visa. Foreign nationals will be classified
under NATO-1 through NATO-6. Applicants must be seeking admission to the
United States under the appropriate provision of the Agreement on the
Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or the Protocol on the
Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Pursuant to the North
S visas are reserved for foreign citizen witnesses and informants against
terrorism or organized crime. Applicants must demonstrate that they can
provide credible and reliable information that would qualify for an award
under the Department of State's reward program.
In addition to these non-immigrant visa categories, certain foreign nationals
may qualify for visa waivers that will permit them to enter the United
States for a maximum of 90 days. In order to receive a visa waiver, a
foreign national must reside in a designated country. There are more than
30 eligible countries participating in the Visa Waiver program. You can
view the countries at the U.S. Department of State's website.
It should also be mentioned that visas only allow foreign citizens to travel
to a United States port of entry. Non-immigrant visas do not automatically
result in admittance to the United States. In order to be lawfully admitted
and to receive an I-94 form, non-immigrant visa holders must be approved
by a U.S. customs official.
Qualified Assistance for Non-Immigrant Visas In & Around Orlando, FL
The legal team at
Robert Brown LLC has accumulated extensive experience and knowledge regarding all non-immigrant
visa categories. No matter which non-immigrant visa you intend to apply
for, you can be confident that our highly regarded lawyers have the skills
and commitment to help the process run smoothly. We are also prepared
to assist individuals, families or businesses with any other immigration
matters they may be facing, including a
change of status for non-immigrant visa holders in the United States.
For more information about our legal services and qualifications as top
notch Florida immigration attorneys,
contact Robert Brown LLC. We serve clients throughout the state from our Winter Park office.