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The USA Visa Categories

According to the purpose of travel, there are several types of visas. Please, note that the list of all travel purposes for the visa category can be expanded. For additional information, please check the official website.


Most Comment Visa Types to The U.S.A. Family Non-immigrant visas to the U.S.A. Special Types of Visas to The U.S.A. Resources: travel.state.gov

 

Nonimmigrant Visa Categories

There are many different purposes of temporary travel and the related nonimmigrant visa categories.  Before applying for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the following is required:

  • DOL = The U.S. employer must obtain foreign labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, prior to filing a petition with USCIS.
  • USCIS = U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of a petition or application (The required petition or application depends on the visa category you plan to apply for.)
  • SEVIS = Program approval entered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • (NA) = Not Applicable – Additional approval by another U.S. government agency is not required prior to applying for a visa
Purpose of Travel Visa Category Required: Before applying for visa*
1. Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only) B-1 (NA)
2. Au pair (exchange visitor) J SEVIS
3. Australian professional specialty E-3 DOL
4. Border Crossing Card: Mexico BCC (NA)
5. Business visitor B-1 (NA)
6. CNMI-only transitional worker CW-1 (USCIS)
7. Crewmember D (NA)
8. Diplomat or foreign government official A (NA)
9. Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employer B-1 (NA)
10. Employee of a designated international organization or NATO  G1-G5, NATO (NA)
11. Exchange visitor J SEVIS
12. Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States A-2

NATO1-6

(NA)
13. Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics O USCIS
14. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional:

Chile, Singapore

H-1B1 – Chile

H-1B1 – Singapore

DOL
15. International cultural exchange visitor Q USCIS
16. Intra-company transferee L USCIS
17. Medical treatment, visitor for B-2 (NA)
18. Media, journalist I (NA)
19. NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, Canada TN/TD (NA)
20. Performing athlete, artist, entertainer P USCIS
21. Physician J , H-1B SEVIS
22. Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor) J SEVIS
23. Religious worker R USCIS
24. Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge H-1B DOL then USCIS
25. Student: academic, vocational F, M SEVIS
26. Temporary agricultural worker H-2A DOL then USCIS
27. Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature. H-2B DOL then USCIS
28. Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitor B-2 (NA)
29. Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3 USCIS
30. Treaty trader/treaty investor E (NA)
31. Transiting the United States C (NA)
32. Victim of Criminal Activity U USCIS
33. Victim of Human Trafficking T USCIS
34. Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) V (NA)
35. Renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO Visas (NA)

Immigrant Visa Categories

Immediate Relative & Family Sponsored Visa Category
1. Spouse of a U.S. Citizen IR1, CR1
2. Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition K-3 (this type refers to  immigrant visas because they are for immigration related purposes.)
3. Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S. K-1 (this type refers to  immigrant visas because they are for immigration related purposes.)
4. Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4
5. Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4
6. Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents F2A, F2B
Employer Sponsored – Employment
1. Employment-Based Immigrants, including  (preference group):

  • Priority workers [First]
  • Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second]
  • Professionals and Other Workers [Third]
  • Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]
  • Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]
E1

E2

E3, EW3

C5, T5, R5, I5

S (Refer to the Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 502.1 for a listing of all immigrant visa categories.)

2. Religious Workers SD, SR
3. Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters SI
4. Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government SQ
5. Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government SQ
Other Immigrants
1. Diversity Immigrant Visa DV
2. Returning Resident SB

 

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