Temporary Visas: Categories
Available to all visitors coming to the U.S for business or
pleasure. B-1 business visitor visas are for a short duration and
must not involve local employment. Nationals of certain countries
may be eligible to visit the US for up to 90 days without obtaining
Treaty and Investor
Investors and traders and their employees may receive visas
to carry on their businesses in the US if their home country has
a commercial treaty with the US conferring visa eligibility.
and M-1 Student
Persons seeking to pursue a full course of study at a school
in the United States may be eligible for a visa for the course of
their study plus, in some cases, a period for practical training
in their field of study.
Specialty Occupation Visas for Professionals
Professional workers with at least a bachelor's degree (or its
equivalent work experience) may be eligible for a non-immigrant
visa if their employers can demonstrate that they are to be paid
at least the prevailing wage for the position.
and Q-1 Exchange
Persons coming to the US in an approved exchange program may
be eligible for the J-1 Exchange Visitor's visa. J-1 programs often
cover students, short-term scholars, business trainees, teachers,
professors and research scholars, specialists, international visitors,
government visitors, camp counselors and au pairs. In some cases,
participation in a J-1 program will be coupled with the requirement
that the beneficiary spend at least two years outside of the US
before being permitted to switch to a different nonimmigrant visa
or to permanent residency. We regularly handle the application process
for seeking a waiver to the home residency requirement that applies
to many J-1 visa holders.
A Fiance(e) of a US citizen is eligible for a non-immigrant
visa conditioned on the conclusion of the marriage within 90 days.
Intracompany Transfer Visas
L-1 visas are available to executives, managers and specialized
knowledge employees transferring to their employer's U.S. affiliate.
Executives and managers holding L-1 visas may be eligible for permanent
residency without the need of a labor certification.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visas
The O-1 category is set aside for foreign nationals with extraordinary
ability. This includes entertainers, athletes, scientists, and businesspersons.
P-1 Artists and Athletes Visas
This category covers athletes, artists and entertainers.
Religious Worker Visas
Religious workers may be eligible for an R-1 visa.
TC and TN NAFTA and US-Canada Free Trade Agreement
A special visa category has been set up for nationals of Canada
under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement
and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
Free Immigration Consultation
Do you have a question about work visas or would like to apply
for a work visa? Immigration Law Offices offers a free 1/2 hour
consultation with no obligation. Please
click here to contact us online, or call us at (305) 822-3435.