How can you obtain a temporary visa to visit, study or work in the United States?
The most common ways to visit the US are B-1 and B-2 visas and the Visa Waiver Program. Persons may study in the US using F-1, M-1 and J-1 temporary visas. The most common types of temporary visas to work in the US include E, H, L, O and P visas.
This page contains a number of articles and links explaining the various types of temporary visas. It explains the difference between a “visa” and a “status”. We explain the procedure for obtaining a visa abroad as well as the process of applying for an extension of stay or a change of status in the U.S. We link to the online visa appointment system for U.S. Consulates in Canada and Mexico. We explain the most common temporary or “non-immigrant” visa categories, in alphabetical order from “A” to “U”.
Our attorneys have obtained temporary visas for thousands of E-1 treaty traders, E-2 treaty investors, H-1B professionals, J-1 trainees, L-1 intracompany managers and executives, O-1 persons of extraordinary ability, P-1 athletes and entertainers and R-1 religious workers.
Categories of Temporary Visas
- Diplomats and Foreign Government Officials (“A-1/A-2”)
- Visitor Visas to the U.S. (“B-1/B-2”)
- Visa Waiver Program – ESTA (State Department)
- Transit Visas (“C-1”)
- Crewmen (“D-1”)
- Treaty Traders (“E-1”)
- Treaty Investors (“E-2”)
- Australian Professionals (“E-3”)
- Students (“F-1”)
- Employees of International Agencies and NATO (“G” and “NATO”) (State Department)
- Professional Workers (“H-1B”)
- Agricultural Workers (“H-2A”) (USCIS)
- Skilled and Unskilled Workers (“H-2B”)
- Trainees (“H-3”)
- Foreign Journalists (“I”) (USCIS)
- Exchange Visitors (“J-1”) and Waivers
- Fiances of U.S. Citizens (“K-1”)
- Spouses of US Citizens (“K-3”)
- Intracompany Transferees (“L-1”)
- Persons of Extraordinary Ability (“O”)
- Athletes and Entertainers (“P”)
- International Cultural Exchange Visitors (“Q”)
- Religious Workers (“R”)
- Witnesses and Informants (“S”) (Justice Department)
- Victims of Trafficking (“T”) (USCIS)
- Canadian and Mexican Professionals Under NAFTA (“TN”)
- Visas for Crime Victims (“U”)