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Nonimmigrant Visas
(Temporary Visas)

A nonimmigrant visa is the visa issued to foreign nationals, or aliens, with permanent residence outside the United States, but who wish to live and or work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. American law presumes that every alien has the intent to be an immigrant, which is why visa refusals are the most common denials. A nonimmigrant visa issued by a U.S. consular officer alerts the immigration officer at the port of entry of the United States that the individual is likely eligible to apply for a particular nonimmigrant visa category. However, a nonimmigrant visa does not guarantee admission into the United States, as an immigration inspector can still deny entry if he believes that a particular alien is not eligible to be admitted in the category for which the visa was issued.

A nonimmigrant visa must arrive at a U.S. port of entry during the period of time prescribed by the visa. The period of time that a nonimmigrant visa is valid varies (anywhere for 30 days to 10 years). Visas may be limited to a single entry or may be valid for multiple entries during the period of their validity. The period of time which an alien is permitted to stay on a nonimmigrant visa is indicated on a small white card, called a Form I-94 (Departure Record) which is stapled into the foreign national's passport.

IMPORTANT: Only the Form I-94 determines a nonimmigrant's status and its validity as to time and purpose. If an alien is present in the U.S. past that period of time, he or she is "out of status" and risks being deported or barred from further entry into the United States. Click on the links below to learn more about the different types of nonimmigrant visas.

List of Nonimmigrant Visas:

A Diplomats and accredited officials of foreign governments
B-1 Visitors for Business
B-2 Visitors for Pleasure (tourist visa)
C Foreigners transiting through the United States
D Crewmen
E-1 Treaty Traders
E-2 Treaty Investors
E-3 Temporary Workers who are Australian citizens
F Students
G Officials and Employees of international organizations
H Temporary Workers
I Representatives of Media
J Exchange Visitors
K Fiancés and Fiancées
L Intracompany Transferees
M Vocational Students
N Parents and children of G-4s and NATO employees
O Extraordinary Ability Artists and Athletes
P International recognized and outstanding artists and athletes
Q International Cultural Exchanges
R Religious Workers
S Snitches
T Victims of severe trafficking
U Victims of serious violent crimes
V Spouse or child of LPR
TN Professionals from Canada or Mexico

To learn more about the types of visas available to nonimmigrants and their spouses, please visit the LL.M. Law Group drop down menu.



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