Non-Immigrant Visas: Visas for Temporary Visitors

There are many types of non-immigrant visas for temporary visitors to travel to the U.S. when you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident. The purpose of your intended travel and certain other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law.

The chart below details many of the non-immigrant visa types.

Contact our office if you would like to learn more about any of these Visa types.

Visa Type

Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas

A Diplomats and Foreign Government Officials
A-2 NATO 1-6 Foreign Military Personnel Stationed in the U.S.
B-1 Athletes (amateur & professional-prize money only)
Business Visitors Visa
Domestic Employees or Nanny (accompanying a foreign national employer)
B-2 Visitors Seeking Medical Treatment
Tourism, Vacation, Pleasure Visitors
BCC Border Crossing Card: Mexico
C Transiting the United States
CW-1 CNMI-only transitional worker
D Crew Members Visa
E Treaty Traders / Treaty Investors
E-3 Australian Professional Specialty
F, M Students: Academic, Vocational
G1-G5, NATO Employees of a Designated International Organization, and NATO
H-1B Specialty Occupations in Fields Requiring Highly Specialized Knowledge
Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
Professionals: Chile, Singapore
H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers
H-2B Temporary Workers Performing Other Services or Labor of a Temporary or Seasonal Nature.
H-3 Training in a Program Not Primarily For Employmen
I Media and Journalists
J Media and Journalists
Au pairs (exchange visitor)
Exchange Visitors
Professor, Scholar, Teacher (exchange visitor)
J, H-1B Physician
L Intra-company Transferees
O Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics
P Performing Athletes, Artists, Entertainers
Q International Cultural Exchange Visitors
R Religious Workers
T Victims of Human Trafficking
TN / TD NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada
U Victims of Criminal Activity

NOTE: There is no Visa required for Canadian NAFTA Professional workers. Also, K visas are for the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen and immigrating or joining a U.S. citizen spouse in the United States while awaiting USCIS approval of Form I-130 for immigrant status.