Types of Visas
The Visa Section frequently issues the nonimmigrant visas shown in the lists below. To learn more about these types of visas or to see if they match your reason for seeking entry to the U.S., click on a title below.
Tourism, Business & Transit
B Visas: Temporary Visitors (Business/Pleasure/Medical)
C-1 Visa: Transit Aliens
C-1/D Visa: Alien Crewmember in Transit
I Visas: Information Media Representatives
Visa Waiver Program
F Visas: Academic Students
J Visas: Exchange Visitors
M Visas: Non-Academic Students
Temporary Work in the U.S.
H Visas: Temporary Workers & Trainees (H1B)
L Visas: Intra-Company Transferees
O Visas: Aliens with Extraordinary Ability
P Visas: Athletes, Artists & Entertainers
Q Visas: International Cultural Exchange Visitors
B Visas: Domestic Employees
Diplomats & Officials
A Visas: Officials in Foreign Governments
C-2 & C-3 Visas: Diplomats & Officials in Transit
G Visas: International Organization Aliens
R Visas: Aliens in Religious Occupations
K Visas (Spouse, Fiancé(e) & Child(ren) of U.S. Citizen)
V Visas (Certain Spouses & Children of LPRs)
US Visas? Two basic types of US visas:
1. Immigrant visas: For those intending to reside permanently in the United States. (Whether or not they intend to work.)
2. Nonimmigrant visas: Visa for visiting United States temporarily. Tourist or medical treatment,businsess purpose,Students, Participants in exchange programs, Temporary workers, Performing artists, Professional journalists, and Government representatives, etc.
Different categories of visas:
Temporary Worker Visas:
There are several categories of temporary worker visas. All applicants for such visas, must have a petition approved by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) before applying for the visa.
Registered nurses, persons in a speciality occupation H-1B, temporary or seasonal agricultural workers, temporary or seasonal non agricultural workers, trainees other than medical or academic, practical training in the education of handicapped children.
L Visa– Intra company transferees. L2 is a depdent visa for L1 family members.
O-1 Visa– Persons with extraordinary ability in the science, arts, education, business, athletics, or extraordinary achievements in the motion picture and television field.
P-1 to P-3 Visa– Individual or team of athletes, or members of an entertainment group, that are internationally recognized.
The spouse and unmarried, minor children of an applicant for H or L visas may also be classified as nonimmigrant in order to accompany or join the principal applicant.
** A person who has received a H4 visa as the spouse or child of a temporary worker, may not accept employment in the United States.
There are two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons wishing to study in the United States. The F visa is for academic studies, and the M visa is for nonacademic or vocational studies.
** A spouse, and unmarried, minor children may also receive nonimmigrant visas to accompany or follow the student.
Visitors Visas( B1/ B2):
Visitors visas are nonimmigrant visas, for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for
Business purpose B1
For pleasure or Tourist purpose B2 visa.
For Medical treatment (B-2). (These visas are for a specifically limited period.)
Process to apply ?
All US visa applicants require to be interviewed by a US Consulate, before being granted a visa. Applicant need to appear in person for the Interview at consulate. A prior appointment is must for this purpose.
Find out which Consulate is applicable for you. There are 4 USA consulate in India and based on your address of residency/state in India, need to contact a specific service provider for that consulate that is applicable for you.
Prepare all the documents as per the list given above.
Setup an appoinment for the interview. Submit the documents.
Go for the interview on scheduled time, if visa approved give electronic fingure printing.
Passport will be delivered by courier at your address.