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A “nonimmigrant visa” allows the visa holder to stay in the U.S. for a temporary
period of time. The U.S. nonimmigrant visas include the following:
▪ Visitor Visa (B-1/B-2 Visas)A visitor visa allows the visa holder to stay in the U.S. for up to 6 months. The “B-1 Visa” is for “business” and the “B-2 Visa” is for “pleasure.”
▪ Student Visas (F-1/M-1 Visas)“F-1 Visa” is applicable to the students who intend to pursue a “full course of study” in the U.S. at a language school, elementary school, secondary school or a regular Bachelor’s Degree course at a tertiary institution. On the other hand, “M-1 Visa” is granted to the students who intend to attend the vocational schools (usually for 2 years) in the U.S. The nail art schools, culinary schools, motor mechanic schools and flight schools are typical examples of such vocational schools. After completing their courses, the students will be eligible for an additional period of stay in U.S. (usually 1 year for the F-1 students, and 6 months at a maximum for the M-1 students) to work in a field-related occupation.
▪ Work Visas (H Visas/E-3 Visas)The citizens of most countries need to obtain an H-1B Visa to be able to work in the U.S. To obtain an H-1B Visa, the applicant must
▪ Treaty Trader & Investor Visa (E-1/E-2 Visas)These visas are available to the investors who invest a certain amount of funding to a business in the U.S. Usually a small amount of investment is sufficient, and those who open or purchase small businesses such as dry cleaners, restaurants and convenience stores are eligible for these visas. More than 50% of the ownership of the business must belong to a non-American citizen who is also a citizen of an E-1/E-2 treaty country. Even though there is no set amount of investment required, the amount of investment must be sufficient to “direct and develop” the business, and usually the amount of US$100,000 is required at a minimum.
▪ L Visa (Visa for Intracompany Transferees)L Visa is for inter-company transfer, and is available to the key employees of a company to be dispatched to a U.S. branch, subsidiary, parent company or head office of their company in their home country. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must have been an employee of his/her company for at least 1 year out of the 3 years period immediately preceding the date of application for the visa. L Visa can be adjusted to permanent residence.
▪ R Visa (Visa for Religious Workers)R Visa is available to the applicants who had a paid job offered at a religious institution in the U.S. The applicant must have been a member of the same denomination as the religious institution that offered him/her a job for at least 2 years, and the job must be related to the religious doctrine of the institution. R Visa can be adjusted to permanent residence.
▪ K Visa / V Visa (Visa for the Spouse and Children)K Visas are available to the fiancé(e) or spouse of a U.S. citizen. K-1 Visa is applicable to the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen, and K-3 Visa is applicable to the spouse of a U.S. citizen. The K-1 Visa holder must marry his/her spouse within 90 days of admission to the U.S. The consequence of the failure to marry within the 90 days period can be very severe.
▪ I Visa (Media Visa)I Visa is available to media workers. “Media workers” include journalists, reporters and film crews. To be eligible for an I Visa, the applicant must be employed as a media worker of a company (as either an employee or a freelance contractor), and such company must have its home office outside of U.S. I Visa can be adjusted to permanent residence.
▪ O VisaO Visa is applicable to an applicant who demonstrated a distinguishing ability in science, arts, business and athletics. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet at least 3 out of the following 10 requirements: