How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa

If you want to visit the United States for a short period of time, you may need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. These visas are different from immigrant visas, which are for permanent residency.

Nonimmigrant visas allow people to enter the U.S. for specific purposes and there are many different nonimmigrant visas.

Read on to learn more about nonimmigrant visas.

Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa

To apply for a nonimmigrant visa, you’ll have to sign on to the U.S. Department of State’s website to submit Form DS-160, online application for temporary travel to the U.S.

When you submit this form, you will also have to include fee payments.

Most of the time you will need to attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country before you will get your visa. This interview includes a biometrics appointment where an official takes your fingerprints for a background check.

Kinds of Non Immigrant Visa

There are around 38 different nonimmigrant visas for the United States. The type of visa you select will depend on the purpose of visiting the U.S.

Some nonimmigrant visas you can apply for include:

  • Business Visa (B-1)
  • Tourists Visa (B-2)
  • Academic Student (F)
  • Vocational Student (M)
  • Professor, Scholar, Teacher Exchange (J)
  • FTA (Free Trade Agreement) Professional: Chile or Singapore
  • Media professional, Journalist (I)
  • Artist, Athlete, Entertainer (P)
  • Physician (J, H-1B)
  • Religious worker (R)

There are many more visa types available on the Department of State’s website.

Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Visa

Nonimmigrant visitors to the United States need to usually show that they do not intend to immigrate to the U.S. This means that they should show that they intend to return to their home country in order to be granted a nonimmigrant visa.

Additionally, nonimmigrants also need to provide documents that show that they are eligible for their specific visa type.

Student visa applicants need to show that they have been accepted to a U.S. school. H-1b visa applicants need to show that they are highly-skilled workers. Religious workers need to show they are a member of a recognized religious denomination.

The visa officer at the U.S. consulate or embassy will ask about these qualifications during the visa interview.

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