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Nonimmigrant visas are issued to foreigners who intend to stay in the United States for a specified period of time. This period of time may vary according to the classification under which the nonimmigrant has entered.

The nonimmigrant classification includes: foreign government officials, business or pleasure visitors, foreigners in transit, investors, students, international representatives, temporary or trainee workers, foreign media representatives, exchange visitors, fiancées of US citizens, intra-company relocation employees, NATO officers, religious workers, a few others. Most non-immigrants can be accompanied by their spouses or unmarried minor children.

Non-immigrant visas are:

  • A1: Some Diplomats and their immediate family
  • A2: Certain Diplomatic Personnel and their immediate family
  • A3: Domestic staff or an A1 or A2, and the immediate family of the staff.
  • B1: Business Visitors
  • B2: Tourists
  • C1: In transit through the US.
  • C2: Representative in transit to or from the United Nations headquarters district
  • C3: Government representatives in transit in the US.
  • D1: Crew member staying on the same ship
  • D2: Crew member switching to another ship
  • F1: Academic students
  • E1: Merchants and their husband, wife and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
  • E2: Investors and their husband, wife and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
  • E3: Australian Workers in a Skilled Occupation and their husband, wife and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
  • F1: Academic students
  • F2: Husbands, wives, and unmarried children under the age of 21 of an F1 nonimmigrant.
  • F3: Academic students from Canada and Mexico traveling across the US border to attend school.
  • G1: Principal representative of a certain international organization, accredited members of his staff, and his immediate family.
  • G2: Other accredited representatives of certain international organizations and their immediate family.
  • G3: People who qualify under G1 or G2 except that the government is not recognized by the US or is not a member of the international organization, and their immediate family.
  • G4: Officers and employees of certain international organizations, and their families.
  • G5: Domestic personnel of a person or family member with G1-4 status, and the immediate family of NATO personnel assigned to the US and their immediate family.
  • H1B: Workers in special occupations
  • H1C: Registered Nurses
  • H2A: Temporary Farm Worker
  • H2B: Trained apprentices and temporary workers
  • H3: Interns, visitors to Special Education Exchange Programs.
  • H4: Husband, wife and unmarried children under 21 years of age of workers and practitioners in category H.
  • I: Representatives of foreign media, and their husbands, wives and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
  • J1: Exchange Program Visitor
  • J2: Husbands, wives, and unmarried children under the age of 21 of a J1 nonimmigrant.
  • K1: Fiancé of a U.S. Citizen
  • K2: Unmarried children under the age of 21 of a K1 nonimmigrant
  • K3: Some husbands and wives of US citizens
  • K4: Certain unmarried children under the age of 21 of a K3 nonimmigrant
  • L1A: Transferred within the company who are Executives and Managers
  • L1B: Intra-company transfers who qualify for specialized knowledge
  • L2: Husbands, wives and unmarried children under the age of 21 of a worker L1A or L1BM1: Students in training
  • M1: Students in training
  • M2: Husband, wife, and unmarried children under the age of 21 of an M1 nonimmigrant.
  • M3: Mexican and Canadian Vocational Students who cross the US border daily to attend school.
  • O1: Person of Extraordinary Ability
  • O2: Assistance Personnel of a nonimmigrant worker O1
  • O3: Husbands, wives and unmarried children under the age of 21 of a nonimmigrant O1 or O2
  • P1: Internationally Recognized Athletes and Artists, and Certain Other Athletes and Artists.
  • P2: Artists and Entertainers, based on exchange agreements
  • P3: Culturally Unique Artists and Entertainers
  • P4: Husbands, wives and unmarried children under 21 years of age of P1, P2 and P3 nonimmigrants.
  • Q1: Participate in an international cultural exchange program
  • R1: Temporary Religious Workers
  • R2: Husbands, wives and unmarried children under the age of 21 of nonimmigrants R1. Traffic victims
  • T1: Victims of Trafficking.
  • T2: Spouse of a nonimmigrant T1
  • T3: Child of a nonimmigrant T1
  • T4: Parent of a T1 nonimmigrant who is a minor
  • TN1: NAFTA Qualifying Professionals from Canada
  • TN2: Professionals who qualify for NAFTA from Mexico
  • TD: Husband, wife and children of a TN nonimmigrant worker
  • S5: Informant of a criminal organization
  • S6: Informant of a terrorist organization
  • S7: Husband, wife, child, parent of an S5 or S6 nonimmigrant
  • U: Victims of severe criminal activities
  • V1: Some husbands and wives of Permanent Residents
  • V2: Some children of permanent residents
  • V3: Some children of a V1 or V2 nonimmigrant
  • WB: Visitors coming temporarily for business, admitted under a visa waiver program
  • WT: Tourists admitted under a visa waiver program
  • TWOV: Transit visa without visa.

To find out how to obtain a non-immigrant visa, call IACO at 973-472-4648

More information on non-immigrant visas, visit the page of the Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS.

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