This page contains brief details about the various US visa types and the US Visa classifications. You will find more information on the Visa requirement in subsequent pages in this site.
|US Visa Classifications:
A1 Visa Head of State or Government, Ambassador, public minister, career diplomatic or consular officer assigned to the U.S., and members of immediate family.
A2 Visa Foreign government officials on official business or employees of diplomatic or consular missions in the U.S., and members of immediate family
A3 Visa Attendant, servant, or personal employee of A1 and A2 classes, and members of immediate family.
B1 Visa Temporary visitor for business.
B2 Visa Temporary visitor for pleasure.
B1/B2 Visa Temporary visitor for business or pleasure.
C1 Visa Alien in transit through the U.S.
C2 Visa Alien in transit to the United Nations Headquarters District under Section 11.(3), (4), or (5) of the Headquarters Agreement with the United Nations.
C3 Foreign government officials, members of immediate family, attendant, servant, or personal employee in transit.
C1/D Crew member/crew-list
E1 Treaty trader, spouse and children
E2 Treaty investor, spouse and children
F1 Student (academic or language training program)
F2 Dependent of F1
G1 Principal resident representative of recognized foreign member government to international organization, his/her staff, and members of immediate family on long-term assignment
G2 Other representative of recognized foreign member government to international organization, and members of immediate family on temporary assignment
G3 Representative of non-recognized foreign member government to international organization, and members of immediate family
G4 International organization officer or employee and members of immediate family
G5 Attendant, servant, or personal employee of G1, G2, G3, or G4 class and members of immediate family
Professional Category of Visa:
H-1B Visa applies to persons in a specialty occupation which requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge requiring completion of a specific course of higher education. This classification requires a labor attestation issued by the Secretary of Labor (65,000). This classification also applies to Government-to-Government research and development, or coproduction projects administered by the Department of Defense (100).
H1C Registered nurses
H2A Temporary worker performing agricultural services unavailable in the United States
H-2B Visa applies to temporary or seasonal nonagricultural workers. This classification requires a temporary labor certification issued by the Secretary of Labor (66,000).
H-3 applies to trainees other than medical or academic. This classification also applies to practical training in the education of handicapped children (50).
H4 Dependent of H1, H2 or H3
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I Representative of foreign information media and dependents
J1 Exchange visitor
J2 Dependent of J1
L 1 Visa applies to intracompany transferees who, within the three preceding years, have been employed abroad continuously for one year, and who will be employed by a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of that same employer in the U.S. in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.
L2 Visa Dependent of L1
M1 Vocational student
M2 Dependent of M1
O-1 applies to persons who have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or extraordinary achievements in the motion picture and television field.
O-2 applies to persons accompanying an O-1 alien to assist in an artistic or athletic performance for a specific event or performance.
O3 Dependent of O1 or O2
P-1 applies to individual or team athletes, or members of an entertainment group that are internationally recognized (25,000).
P-2 applies to artists or entertainers who will perform under a reciprocal exchange program.
P-3 applies to artists or entertainers who perform under a program that is culturally unique (same as P-1).
P4 Dependent of P1, P2 or P3
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Q-1 applies to participants in an international cultural exchange program for the purpose of providing practical training, employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the alien's home country.
R1 Religious worker
R2 Dependent of R1
TN Canadian or Mexican citizen working in a professional capacity under the North American Trade Agreement
TD Spouse or child of TN