What is a non-immigrant visa?
A non-immigrant visa gives you permission to come to the U.S. for a short period of time. The U.S. government tells you exactly how long you’re allowed to stay in the country.
Why do people get non-immigrant visas?
Some common reasons to get a non-immigrant visa are:
- To visit the U.S. on vacation (holiday).
- To see a doctor or go to a hospital for help with your health.
- For a job where you will work in the U.S., but only for a short time.
- To be a student at a college (go to university).
- For a meeting with a client or other business-related activities.
A non-immigrant visa is different than a green card
A non-immigrant visa doesn’t allow you to move to the U.S. permanently. Also, not all non-immigrant visas let you get a job.
A green card is given to people with Permanent Resident Status. If you are a Permanent Resident, you can live in the U.S. as long as you want. You can also get a job. You need to be a Permanent Resident if you want to become a U.S. citizen. To read more about how to become a U.S. citizen, click here.
Not all visas will be right for you
The type of non-immigrant visa that is right for you depends on why you’re coming to the U.S. and how long you want to stay. Some non-immigrant visas might be better than others for you and your family. There are more than 20 kinds of visas, so it’s important to talk to a lawyer.
If you want to learn more about some types of non-immigrant visas, click on the names below:
- H1-B visa
- Visitor visa (B1/B2)
- Treaty trader visa (E1)
- Treaty investor visa (E2)
- Multinational employee visa (L1)
- Victims of crime visa (U)
- Victims of human trafficking (T)
- Diversity visa lottery
If you’re ready to apply for a non-immigrant visa, or if you have questions, please contact us. You can call our office at 813-298-7222, click here to send us an email, or click here to schedule an appointment.