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    The United States offers many visa options for you to visit, conduct business, travel, work, study, and invest temporarily or to live and work permanently in one of the many different 50 states.

    The US has become an increasingly desirable country to visit due to its variety of landscapes, cultures, diverse cities, and opportunities. In 2018, the United States issued approximately 9 million non-immigrant (temporary) visas and approximately 533,000 immigrant (permanent) visas, according to news network CNN.  

    Our US Immigration Lawyers Can Help You Determine Which US Visa Applies to Your Situation 

    With so many US immigration options available in numerous categories and types, determining which one fits your situation may be difficult. We’re here to help you at My Visa Source.

    We have organized the visas available for the US by the demographic type that applies to your situation in order to help you find the information you need:

    Do you need a visa for yourself, an individual, or for a family member, or your business (since you’re a business owner) or are you an investor?

    Our classification system offers you a clear and concise way to determine which visa applies to you and allows you to scan the headings and find which specific visa or visa program you would like to learn more about.

    Each visa is either for Temporary Residence or Permanent Residence in the US.

    Temporary Residence is another name for non-immigrant visas.

    Permanent Residence is another name for immigrant visas. ("Green card" is the commonly spoken term for the photo identification card that someone receives upon becoming a US permanent resident).

    All of the visas listed below offer a small description of what the visa is and once you find a visa that applies to you, just click on the link at the end of each visa description to get a more detailed information page.

    Find the US Visa That Applies to You and Your Situation 

    Visitor Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    B-1 - Business Visitor Visa

    B-2 - Visitor Visa for Tourism

    Study Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    F-1 - Student Visitor Visa

    M-1 - Student Visitor Visa

    J-1 - Exchange Visitor Study Program Visa

    Fiance Visa » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    K-1 - Fiancé(e) Visitor Visa

    US Work Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    TN - NAFTA Worker Visa

    L-1 - Intracompany Transferee and Specialized Knowledge Employees Work Visa

    E-1 - Treaty Trader Work Visa

    E-2 - Treaty Investor Work Visa

    H-1B - Specialty Occupations - US Department of Defense (DOD) and Fashion Models Work Visa

    H-2B - Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Visa

    R-1 - Religious Worker Visa

    Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (Temporary Worker Visas) » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    O-1 - Extraordinary Ability Worker Visa

    O-1A - Extraordinary Ability Visa for Workers in Science, Education, Business, Athletics

    O-1B - Extraordinary Ability in the Arts Worker Visa

    O-2 Visa - Personnel Accompanying O-1A and O-1B Worker Visa Holders

    O-3 - Visa for Family Members of O-1 and O-2 Worker Visa Holders

    Temporary Worker Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    P-1 Worker Visa Category

    P-1A - Worker Visa for Internationally Recognized Athlete and Sports Teams

    P-1B - Work Visa for Members of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Groups

    P-2 - Work Visa for Performers or Groups Performing Under Reciprocal Exchange

    Denied Entry to the US

    Visa Overstay on a US Temporary Visa

    Employment Based Immigration » Permanent Residence » Immigrant Visa

    EB-1 - Work Visa for Immigrants with Extraordinary Ability

    EB-2 - Work Visa for Individuals with an Advanced Degree or Exceptional Ability

    EB-3 - Skilled, Professional, and Unskilled Worker Green Card

    EB-4 - Green Card for Special Immigrants

    EB-5 - Immigrant Investor Visa Green Card

    Family Based Immigration » Permanent Residence » Immigrant Visa

    IR Visa Category - Family-Based Immigration or Sponsorship

    IR-1 Family Visa - Spousal Visa

    IR-2 - Family Visa for Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a US Citizen

    IR-3 - Family Visa for Orphans Adopted Abroad by a US Citizen

    IR-4 - Family Visa for Orphans to be Adopted in the US by a US citizen

    IR-5 - Family Visa for Parents of a US Citizen Who is at Least 21 Years Old

    F Visa Category - Family Preference Sponsor Visa

    F-1 - Family First Preference

    F-2 - Family Second Preference

    F-3 - Family Third Preference

    F-4 - Family Fourth Preference

    Permanent Residence (Green Card) » Permanent Residence » Immigrant Visa

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    Visitor Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas     

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    Are you interested in attending a business conference in the United States or do you need to visit the US for a business meeting? If you are planning on going to the US for the purpose of conducting business that is unpaid or you are planning on attending business conferences, meetings, or to undertake research, the B-1 visa may be your best option. For more details.  Back to the top. 

    B-1 - Business Visitor Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    Are you interested in attending a business conference in the United States or do you need to visit the US for a business meeting? If you are planning on going to the US for the purpose of conducting business that is unpaid or you are planning on attending business conferences, meetings, or to undertake research, the B-1 visa may be your best option. For more details. Back to the top.

    B-2 - Visitor Visa for Tourism 

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    The B-2 visitor visa is for individual citizens of a foreign country who wish to enter the US temporarily for pleasure, to tour one or several of the 50 states, or to obtain medical treatment. For more details. Back to the top. 

    Study Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas 

    F-1 - Student Visitor Visa

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    Fulfill your dream of studying in the United States by applying for the F-1 academic study visa, which allows you to bring your spouse and unmarried child or children under the age of 21 to the US to live with you while you study. If you wish to study at an academic institution (including accredited colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, academic high schools and elementary schools) or participate in a language training program, apply for the F-1 academic study visa. For more details. Back to the top. 

    M-1 - Student Visitor Visa

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    The M-1 "Vocational Student" visa is meant for individuals to study in the US and for certain family members to accompany them to the US. The M-1 visa holder must plan to study at a vocational school or be enrolled in other non-academic programs, other than language training. For more details. Back to the top. 

    J-1 - Exchange Visitor Study Program Visa

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    The J-1 study visa is a temporary visa for people who want to gain knowledge from participating in cultural programs in the US. This non-immigrant visa is for research scholars, professors and exchange visitors like you who want to participate in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially to obtain medical or business training within the US. For more details. Back to the top. 

    Fiance Visa » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas    

    K-1 - Fiancé(e) Visitor Visa

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    Living without your loved one is emotionally difficult. If you want to bring your non-US citizen fiancé(e) to live with you in the US, applying for the K-1 fiancé(e) visa can facilitate this. The K-1 visa is applicable to you if you wish to sponsor your fiancé(e) to come to the United States in order to get married. This option applies to a relationship in which one partner is residing outside of the United States and the couple is engaged to be married. For more details. Back to the top. 

    US Work Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas    

    TN - NAFTA Worker Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    Do you desire to work in the United States in a specific job for a US company? This temporary work visa is for Canadian and Mexican business owners or business people with job offers in the US and their offer of employment is from a list of occupations as defined by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The TN visa allows visa holders to bring their family to the US. For more details. Back to the top. 

    L-1 - Intracompany Transferee and Specialized Knowledge Employees Work Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    The L-1 work visa program offers two visas: L-1A and L-1B. If you wish to be transferred from your foreign place of employment to the same company, but in the US, the L-1A visa for intracompany transferees may be the right visa for you. Are you an individual with specialized knowledge? If so, the L-1B may be right for you. The visas apply to employees working for companies outside the United States, such as in Canada, that have branches, subsidiaries, affiliates or joint venture partners in the United States. For more details. Back to the top. 

    E-1 - Treaty Trader Work Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    For individuals who are involved in the exchange, purchase or sale of goods/services or merchandise and who want to temporarily live and work in the US. For more details. Back to the top. 

    E-2 - Treaty Investor Work Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members, business owners/businesses and investors.

    For owners and investors in businesses and their family members to go to the US. The E-2 is a temporary US work visa that may be granted to individuals who are able to make substantial investments in the US. For more details. Back to the top. 

    H-1B - Specialty Occupations - US Department of Defense (DOD) and Fashion Models Work Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    For foreigners to work in ‘specialty occupations’ for US employers. You may qualify for the H-1B temporary work visa if you are highly skilled working for the DOD or are a Fashion model of prominence or modeling agencies may be eligible for this visa. For more details. Back to the top. 

    H-2B - Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Visa

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    If you are a skilled or unskilled worker who wants to work in the United States temporarily, you may be eligible for the H-2B visa provided you do not accept an agricultural position if you plan to work Work permits for skilled and unskilled individuals coming to the United States for temporary employment which is non-agricultural. For more details. Back to the top. 

    R-1 - Religious Worker Visa

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    For religious workers, working directly in religious work, like preaching. The R-1 temporary work visa will allow you to work within the US for a religious organization. For more details. Back to the top. 

    O- Visas » Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (Temporary Worker Visas) » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas

    O-1 - Extraordinary Ability Worker Visa 

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    The O-1 visa is for you as an individual who has extraordinary ability in the arts, sport, business, education, or the sciences. The O-1 visa is for these individuals who wish to work in the US temporarily. For more details. Back to the top. 

    O-1A - Extraordinary Ability Visa for Workers in Science, Education, Business, Athletics 

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    If you have an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics, you may wish to apply for the O-1A visa. If you are extraordinarily talented or have extraordinary ability in the arts, motion pictures or television industry, you will need to apply for the  O-1B visa. For more details. Back to the top. 

    O-1B - Extraordinary Ability in the Arts Worker Visa 

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    If you are someone with extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, you could realize your dream of working temporarily in the US with an O-1B visa. For more details. Back to the top. 

    O-2 Visa - Personnel Accompanying O-1A and O-1B Worker Visa Holders 

    Applies to individuals and business owners/businesses.

    If you are someone who works very closely with an artist or athlete who holds an O-1A or an O-1B visa, you may consider applying for the O-2 visa. The O-2 is for an individual to accompany the O-1 visa holder to a specific event or performance. For more details. Back to the top. 

    O-3 - Visa for Family Members of O-1 and O-2 Worker Visa Holders  

    Applies to family members, specifically spouses and children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders may be eligible for an O-3 visa, which would allow them to accompany their spouse or parent to travel to the US. For more details. Back to the top. 

    Temporary Worker Visas » Temporary Residence » Non-Immigrant Visas 

    P-1 Worker Visa Category

    The P-1 is a non-immigrant visa for temporary residence in the US. If you are an individual athlete or an athlete on a team, or you are a member in an entertainment group, consider applying for either a P-1A or P-1B if you intend on competing, performing, or promoting yourself in the US. Certain family members may be able to join you on a P-1 visa. For more details. Back to the top. 

    P-1A - Worker Visa for Internationally Recognized Athlete and Sports Teams 

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    This visa is available to internationally recognized individual athletes and sports teams to attend an athletic competition on a one-time basis in the US. Family members can apply for the visa to accompany their spouse or parent. For more details. Back to the top. 

    P-1B - Work Visa for Members of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Groups 

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    The P-1B is for you and certain family members if you are a member of an entertainment group that has received international recognition and your group consists of two or more members. This visa applies to you for the period of time you will be performing in the US. For more details. Back to the top. 

    P-2 - Work Visa for Performers or Groups Performing Under Reciprocal Exchange 

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    The P-2 work visa is for you if you are a performer or part of a group who plans to enter the US to perform as part of a reciprocal exchange program between the US and an organization in your country. For more details. Back to the top. 

    Denied Entry to the US

    Are you stuck at the border or airport and have been denied entry to the US? If you are an individual who has been denied entry to the US for health, financial, criminal, or security considerations, you may be declared inadmissible. Find out how to resolve your situation. For more details. Back to the top. 

    Visa Overstay on a US Temporary Visa

    The overstay situation can happen to anyone (can apply to all 4 demographics) who holds a temporary visa if they stay in the United States beyond the expiry date of their visa. If you overstay your visa, you may or may not have options to reenter the US legally. For more details. Back to the top. 

    Employment Based Immigration » Permanent Residence » Immigrant Visa       

    EB-1 - Work Visa for Immigrants with Extraordinary Ability

    Applies to individuals and family members.

    You may qualify for this permanent resident visa if you have an extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager. Learn today whether you are eligible. For more details. Back to the top.

    EB-2 - Work Visa for Individuals with an Advanced Degree or Exceptional Ability

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    The EB-2 work visa is an employment-based permanent visa for people in professions who hold an advanced degree or its equivalent, or an individual who has exceptional ability and who has been offered a permanent employment position in the United States. For more details. Back to the top.

    EB-3 - Skilled, Professional, and Unskilled Worker Green Card

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    If you are a skilled worker, a professional, or an unskilled worker, you may be eligible for this immigrant visa for permanent residence in the US. The United States offers many employment positions for individuals who are non-citizens of the US and who want to move to the US on a permanent basis. For more details. Back to the top.

    EB-4 - Green Card for Special Immigrants

    Applies to individuals, family members and business owners/businesses.

    Do you fall into the ‘Special Immigrant’ category, as defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? If you are considered a special immigrant by USCIS, you may be eligible for the EB-4 special immigrant worker visa, which would allow you to live and work permanently in the US. For more details. Back to the top.

    EB-5 - Immigrant Investor Visa Green Card

    Applies to all 4 demographics.

    Also known as the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Work Visa. This visa was created to stimulate the US economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Are you a foreign investor who has the means to invest a significant amount in a US company, you may qualify for the EB-5 visa. For more details. Back to the top.

    Family Based Immigration or Sponsorship » Permanent Residence » Immigrant Visa   

    IR Visa Category - Family-Based Immigration or Sponsorship

    Do you want to immigrate to the US in order to live with a member or members of your family? The five visas within the Immediate Relative category allow a US citizen to sponsor an immediate relative to live permanently in the United States - IR-1, IR-2, IR-3, IR-4, IR-5. All five visas applies to individuals and family members. For more details. Back to the top.

    IR-1 Family Visa - Spousal Visa

    If you are legally married to a US citizen and wish to live with your spouse in the US, you may qualify for an IR-1 visa. Simply living together and not being married does not qualify you to apply for the IR-1. A spouse is a legally wedded husband or wife. For more details. Back to the top.

    IR-2 - Family Visa for Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a US Citizen

    Are you living apart from your child or children and want to sponsor them to come to the US? 

    The IR-2 visa is an immediate relative visa for unmarried children who are under the age of 21 and are the child or children of a US citizen. If you want your child or children to live with you in the US, the IR-2 may be for you. For more details. Back to the top.

    IR-3 - Family Visa for Orphans Adopted Abroad by a US Citizen

    If you are a US citizen and want to adopt a child from a foreign country and bring that child to the US to live with you, you may qualify for the IR-3 permanent visa for the foreign child. US citizens must initiate adoption procedures outside of the US. For more details. Back to the top.

    IR-4 - Family Visa for Orphans to be Adopted in the US by a US citizen

    The IR-4 visa allows individuals and parents to bring an orphaned child to the US to live with them provided they begin the adoption process in the foreign country where the child lives. For more details. Back to the top.

    IR-5 - Family Visa for Parents of a US Citizen Who is at Least 21 Years Old

    The IR-5 visa is for you as an individual if you are a US citizen and are 21 years of age or older and want to bring your parents to live in the US. The parent who obtains the IR-5 may live and work permanently in the US. For more details. Back to the top.

    F Visa Category - Family Preference Sponsor Visa

    All the Family Preference visas apply to individuals and family members.

    This visa category is for individuals who are either US citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to sponsor family members to move permanently to the US.

    The four visas in this category are for more distant, family relationships and there are fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants. For more details. Back to the top.

    F-1 - Family First Preference  

    If you want to bring your son/s or daughter/s to the United States, applying for the F-1 visa could be the best solution for you, provided your child or children are under the age of 21 and are not married. For more details. Back to the top.

    F-2 - Family Second Preference

    The F-2 visa is for a spouse, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters aged 21 and over may qualify for the F-2 permanent resident visa. For more details. Back to the top.

    F-3 - Family Third Preference

    If you are a married son or daughter of a US citizen and you and your spouse and minor children want to move permanently to the US, your family may be able to sponsor you. For more details. Back to the top.

    F-4 - Family Fourth Preference

    The fourth preference F-4 visa applies to brothers and sisters of US citizens, and their spouses and minor children who wish to be sponsored by their family member who is a US citizen, provided the US citizen is at least 21 years of age. For more details. Back to the top.

    Permanent Residence (Green Card) » Permanent Residence » Immigrant Visa   

    Permanent Residence (Green Card). Applies to all 4 demographics.

    A Green Card is an identification card (ID). Having a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) allows you to live and work permanently in the United States.

    For more details. Back to the top.

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