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The visitor visa is a type of non-immigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment (B-2):
The 'O' visa is intended for persons with extraordinary ability or achievement in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or extraordinary recognized achievements in the motion picture and television fields, demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim, to work in their field of expertise. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.
The 'E-3' visa classification applies only to nationals of Australia, as well as their spouses and children. E-3 principal applicants must be going to the United States solely to work in a specialty occupation, and there is no Age limit.You will need a job offer from a sponsoring employer in the United States before you can apply for the E-3 visa. The spouse and children need not be Australian citizens. However the U.S. does not recognize De Facto relationships for the purposes of immigration, and to qualify as a spouse you will need a marriage certificate.The definition of “specialty occupation” is one that requires:
The validity of the visa will not exceed the validity period of the LCA, nor will it exceed the reciprocity period of 24 months established by the Department of Homeland Security. Any validity period extensions will be based on LCA extensions.Is there a limit to the number of E-3 visas?
There will be a maximum of 10,500 E-3 visas issued annually during each fiscal year, which runs from October 1st to September 30. Spouses and children of applicants do not count against the quota, nor do applicants extending their E3 visas whilst still in the U.S. and working for the same employer.
The 'L' visa enables the applicant to work at a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of the current employer in a managerial or executive capacity, or in a position requiring specialized knowledge. Individual must have been employed by the same employer abroad continuously for 1 year within the three preceding years.
The 'H-1B' visa enables the applicant to work in the US in a specialty occupation. Requires a higher education degree or its equivalent. Includes fashion models of distinguished merit and ability and government-to- government research and development, or co-production projects administered by the Department of Defense.
Media (I) visas are for representatives of the foreign media, including members of the press, radio, film, and print industries, traveling temporarily to the United States to work in their profession, which is engaged in informational or educational media activities, essential to the foreign media function.
While on a media (I) visa, the activities in the United States must be for a media organization having its home office in a foreign country. The activities in the United States must be informational in nature and generally associated with the news gathering process and reporting on current events.
See examples below of travel purposes that require an I Visa for the United States:
Exchange visitor (J-1) visas are nonimmigrant visas for individuals approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States.Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a J-1 visa, you must first apply for and be accepted into an exchange visitor program through a designated sponsoring organization. When you are accepted into the exchange visitor program you plan to participate in, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Most J-1 Exchange Visitors must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee.
You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa. Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate, is permitted on a visitor (B) visa. Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, distance learning which requires a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus requires an F-1 visa.
Before you can apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an F or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a SEVP approved school. When you are accepted by the U.S. school you plan to attend, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. The U.S. school will provide you with a Form I-20 to present to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview.
The F Visa is meant for study in the United States to attend:
The M Visa is meant for study in the United States to attend:
The P-1 temporary visa has 2 classifications:
1. P-1A - Internationally Recognised Athlete - The P-1A allows you to go to the US to perform at a specific athletic competition, as an athlete, individually or as part of a team or group, at an internationally recognised level of performance.
2. P-1B - Internationally Recognised Entertainers - The P-1B allows you to go to the US to perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time.
Family Immigration is a 3 stage process:
1. The USCIS must approve an immigrant visa petition, I-130 Petition for Alien Relative filed by your sponsoring relative for you.
2. Most sponsors will need to demonstrate adequate income or assets to support the intending immigrant, and accept legal responsibility for financially supporting their family member, by completing and signing a document called an Affidavit of Support.
3. Then the intending immigrant will apply for the immigrant visa.
Marriage to a Foreign National
If you are an American citizen you have two ways to bring your foreign spouse (husband or wife) to the United States to live. They are:
To be considered for an immigrant visa under some of the employment-based categories below, the applicant's prospective employer or agent must first obtain a labor certification approval from the Department of Labor. Once received (if required), the employer then files an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the appropriate employment-based preference category.
There are three sub-groups within this category:1. PERSONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY - in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Applicants in this category must have extensive documentation showing sustained national or international acclaim and recognition in their fields of expertise. Such applicants do not have to have specific job offers, so long as they are entering the U.S. to continue work in the fields in which they have extraordinary ability. Such applicants can file their own Immigrant Petitions for Alien Worker, Form I-140, with the USCIS.
A Second Preference applicant must generally have a labor certification approved by the Department of Labor. A job offer is required and the U.S. employer must file an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, on behalf of the applicant.
There are two subgroups within this category:1. PROFESSIONALS HOLDING AN ADVANCED DEGREE - (beyond a baccalaureate degree), or a baccalaureate degree and at least five years progressive experience in the profession.
There are three subgroups within this category:1. SKILLED WORKERS - are persons whose jobs require a minimum of 2 years training or work experience that are not temporary or seasonal.
There are many subgroups within this category, including:1. BROADCASTERS IN THE U.S.
Immigrant Investor visa categories (such as the EB-5 detailed below) are for capital investment by foreign investors in new commercial enterprises in the United States which provide job creation.EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM
For more information about the EB-5 Visa and our current Regional Center Projects open for Investment, please go to our website page:
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
A qualifying investment must, within two years, create full-time jobs for at least 10 U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or other immigrants authorized to work in the United States, not including the investor and his/her family.