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With 60+ experienced lawyers and professional legal staff and a combination of over 50 years of immigration experience, Spar & Bernstein has helped tens of thousands of people obtain a nonimmigrant visa to come to the US.
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WHY HIRE SPAR & BERNSTEIN FOR A NONIMMIGRANT VISA?
Whether you’re visiting the US for tourism, work, business or schooling, our nonimmigrant visa lawyers at Spar & Bernstein will identify the right type of visa, help you fill out the documentation you need to apply and prepare you for your interview.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A NONIMMIGRANT VISA?
Nonimmigrant visas are granted to foreign nationals who want to enter the US on a temporary visit for:
- Medical treatment
NONIMMIGRANT VISA TYPES
There are over 20 different types of nonimmigrant visas for people who seek to enter the US on a temporary basis.
Some of the most common visa types include:
- B-1 visa (Business nonimmigrant visa): This visa is granted to individuals who want to attend a conference, negotiate a contract, consult with business associates or settle an estate in the US It is also used for professional and amateur athletes who compete for prize money, as well as domestic employees and nannies accompanying a foreign national employer.
- B-2 visa (Tourist visa): This visa is granted to individuals who want to visit the US for a social event, medical treatment or to take part in an amateur contest.
- Transit C visa: This visa is granted to foreigners whose destination is another country, but they travel through and stop in the US as part of their travel.
- Transit C-1, D, C-1/D visa: This visa is granted to crew members of international airlines or sea vessels traveling to the US
- F-1 visa: This visa is granted to international students who come to the US to pursue academic studies full-time.
- M-1 visa: This visa is granted to international students who come to the US to pursue vocational studies full-time.
- J-1 visa (Exchange Visitor Program visa): This visa is granted to foreign nationals who come to the US to take part in study-based or work-based exchange programs such as research assistants, camp counselors, internships, or visiting scholars.
- Q visa: This visa is granted to visitors who come to the US on an international cultural exchange.
- E visa: This visa is granted to treaty investors and treaty traders.
- O visa: This visa is granted to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in business, athletics, sciences, education or arts.
- I visa: This visa is granted to journalists and media.
- H-1B visa: This visa is granted to professionals and specialty occupations in sectors that require highly specialized knowledge.
- H-2A visa: This visa is granted to temporary workers in the agricultural sector.
- H-2 B visa: This visa is granted to non-agricultural temporary or seasonal workers.
- H-3 visa: This visa is granted to people who enter the US for training that is not primarily associated with employment.
- R visa: This visa is granted to religious workers.
Keep in mind that the issuance of a visa in and of itself does not guarantee entry to the United States. Contact our immigration attorneys at Spar & Bernstein to help you find the right type of visa and gain entry into the US
HOW TO APPLY FOR A VISITOR VISA TO THE US FOR BUSINESS OR TOURISM
To apply for a business or tourism visa to the US:
- Check if you need a visa (if your country is a part of the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you may not need one).
- Identify the type of visa you need. Certain visas will require an application with USCIS.
- Apply for your visa at the US Embassy or at the Consulate in your country (the process may vary depending on the country)
– Submit Form D-160
– Submit a photo
– Pay the application fee
- Attend an interview.
WHAT IS A VISA WAIVER PROGRAM?
A Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program that allows foreign nationals from 40 participating countries to travel to the US for business or tourism without a visa, for a maximum of 90 days.
To apply for the program, you must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval and meet certain requirements for eligibility.
NONIMMIGRANT VISA FAQS
What Are Visitor Visas
- Contract negotiation
- Consultations with business associates
- Estate settlement
- Attendance of a convention or conference of a scientific, educational, professional or business nature
- Visit with friends or relatives
- Participation in social events hosted by social, fraternal or service organizations
- Medical treatment
- Amateur participation in sports, musical or similar events or contests, if the participant does not receive payment for participating
- Short recreational courses, such as a two-day cooking class while on vacation
When Is A Visitor Visa Not Permitted?
- Performances before a paying audience
- Work as a ship or aircraft crewmember
- Work as information media including foreign press, radio, film and print journalism
- Permanent residence in the US
What Documents Do I Need When Applying For A Visitor Visa?
- Your trip’s purpose
- Your ability to pay all trip costs
- Your intent to leave the US after the trip
Do I Need An Invitation Letter To Apply For A Visitor Visa?
What Documents Do I Need If I Am Traveling To The US For Medical Treatment?
- A medical diagnosis from a local physician, providing information about your ailment and the reason you need treatment in the US
- A letter from a medical facility or physician or in the US, stating they are willing to treat your ailment and estimating the projected overall cost of treatment and length of treatment.
- Evidence that your medical and living expenses in the US, along with your transportation costs, will be covered. This may include income and saving statements, certified copies of an income tax return for yourself, another person or an organization that is paying for your treatment.
What Type Of Visa Do I Need If I Want To Study In The United States?
- High school
- University or college
- Private elementary school
What Documents Do I Need When Applying For A Student Visa?
- Evidence of your academic achievements, including diplomas, certificates, degrees or standardized test scores required by your US school
- Proof of your intent to leave the US once you complete your studies
- Evidence of how you are going to pay for your educational, living and travel costs
Does A Visa Guarantee My Entry To The US?
What Does Visa Validity Mean?
What Should I Do If My Visa Will Expire While I’m In The United States?
Can I Extend My Stay In The US Past The Time Indicated On My I-94 Form?
What Should I Do If I Lost My Form I-94?
How Can I Change My Nonimmigrant Status If I Entered The US With A Visitor Visa?
Do I Need To Apply For A Visa Again If My Nonimmigrant Visa Is About To Expire?
Who Is Eligible For The Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
- Be allowed to travel with a tourist (B type) visa
- Be a citizen or national of a designated country
- Have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval
- Have an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip
- Have a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months after your planned departure from the US
When Should I Apply For A Visa Instead Of Using The Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
- Are not eligible for VWP travel
- Have no authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to your travel
- Intend to stay in the US for longer than 90 days
- Will be traveling on a private aircraft
- Will be traveling by an air or sea carrier that is not approved by the VWP