Temporary Visas

Nonimmigrant Visa and Status Applications

B-1 Visa and Status

This is a visa for those seeking to enter the US to engage in temporary, business-related activities.

B-2 Visa and Status

a visitor’s visa allows one to visit the US temporarily for pleasure. B-2 visitors are generally admitted to the US for an initial period of six months.

E-1 Visa and Status

allows an individual from a treaty country (a country with which the US maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to enter the US to engage in international trade. Certain employees and family members may also be eligible for E visa status and classification.

E-2 Visa and Status

allows an individual to enter the US and work based on an investment which she made and will be controlling. The investment must be “substantial,” but unlike the EB-5 program, (an investment program which is a pathway to permanent residency rather than a temporary stay) there is no specific dollar amount required. E-2 visas are only available to nationals from treaty countries.

F-1 Visa and Status

a student visa for nonimmigrants who wish to enter the US temporarily in order to study in the US.

H-1B Visa and Status

The H-1B is a non-immigrant status which allows employers to temporarily employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations. “Specialty occupation” generally means a position which requires the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent as a minimum. The employer must demonstrate that it can pay a wage set by the Department of Labor called the “prevailing wage” to the H-1B beneficiary. A foreign national may hold H-1B status for a maximum of six years, although in certain circumstances her H-1B status can be extended beyond six years.

J-1 Visa and Status

an exchange visitor non-immigrant visa for foreign nationals to participate in work and study-based exchange visitor programs.


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