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USCIS Visa information

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B-1/B-2 Visitor's Visas

This visa is available to visitors coming to the U.S. for business or pleasure. These visas are usually for short duration and must not involve local employment.

E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader and Investor Visas

This visa may be available to Investors and traders and their employees who wish to carry on their businesses in the U.S. The Investor or trader's home country must have a commercial treaty with the US.

F-1 and M-1 Student Visas

This visa is available to those seeking to pursue a full course of study at a school in the United States.

H-1B Visas

This visa may be available to professional workers in a specialty occupation with at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent work experience.

J-1 and Q-1 Exchange Visitor Visas

This visa may be available to those coming to the U.S. in an approved exchange program.  J-1 programs usually involve students, short-term scholars, business trainees, teachers, professors and research scholars, specialists, international
visitors, government visitors, camp counselors and au pairs. I

K-1 Fiancee Visas

This visa may be available to the fiance(e) of a U.S. citizen with the condition that the marriage take place within 90 days.

L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas

This visa may be available to executives, managers and specialized knowledge employees transferring to their employer's U.S. affiliate.

O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visas

This visa is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability. This includes entertainers, athletes, scientists, and businesspersons.

P-1 Artists and Athletes Visas

This visa is available to athletes, artists and entertainers.

R-1 Religious Worker Visas

This visa is available to religious workers.

TN Status 

This is a special category for nationals of Canada and Mexico under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Permanent Residency Visas:

Family Sponsored Immigration

U.S. citizens may petition for spouses, parents, children and siblings. Permanent residents may petition for spouses and children.

EB-1 Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability

Individuals in this category can petition for permanent residency without having to go through the labor certification process.

EB-2 Workers with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts or Business

Visa holders in this category normally must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process. The labor certification involves a
testing of the job market to demonstrate that the potential visa holder is not taking a job away from a U.S. worker.

EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals

Visa holders in this category normally must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process.

EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers

This visa is available to ministers of religion.

EB-5 Investor/Employment Creation Visas

10,000 visas per year are set aside for alien investors in new commercial enterprises who create employment for ten individuals.

Refugee and Asylum Applications

This visa is available to those with a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.


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