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Non-Immigrant Visa Categories

Below is a list of non-immigrant visa categories obtained from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS). Click on an individual visa type to learn more about the category and how to apply for a particular non-immigrant visa.


A Visa Foreign Government Officials (A1, A2 and A3)
B Visa Temporary Visitors
B-1 Visitor for business
B-2 Visitor for pleasure: tourism, sightseeing, visiting relatives
C Visa Foreign Nationals in Transit (C1, C1-D, C2, C3 and C4)
D Visa Crewmen (D1 and D2)
E Visa Treaty Traders and Investors (E1 and E2)
F Visa Academic Students
F-1 Student
F-2 Spouse or child of F1 student
G Visa Foreign Government Officials to International Organizations (G1- 5)
H Visa Temporary Workers
H-1B Engineers, scientists, specialty occupations, models, etc.
H-1C Nurses working in health professional shortage areas
H-2A Agricultural worker
H-2B Temporary worker: skilled and unskilled
H-3 Trainee
H-4 Spouse or child of H1, H2 or H3
I Visa Foreign Media Representatives
J Visa Exchange Visitors
J-1 Exchange visitor
J-2 Spouse or child of J1
K Visa Spouse or Fiance(e) of US Citizen
K-1 Fiance(e)
K-2 Minor child of K-1
K-3 Spouse of US citizen
K-4 Child of K-3
L Visa Intracompany Transferee
L-1A Executives, managers
L-1B Specialized knowledge
L-2 Spouse or child of L-1
M Visa Non-Academic Students
M-1 Vocational, language, or other non-academic student
M-2 Spouse or child of M-1
N Visa Special Immigrants (N-8 and N-9)
NAFTA Visa North American Free Trade Agreement
NATO Visa North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO1 to NATO-7)
O Visa Workers with Extraordinary Abilities
O-1 Extraordinary ability in science, arts, education, business or athletics
O-2 Alien accompanying O-1
O-3 Spouse or child of O-1 or O-2
P Visa Athletes and Entertainers (P1, P2, P3 and P4)
Q Visa International Cultural Exchange Visitors (Q1, Q2 and Q3)
R Visa Religious Workers (R1 and R2)
S Visa Witness or Informant (S-5 and S-6)
T Visa Victims of Severe Form of Trafficking in Persons (T1 to T4)
TN Visa Trade visas for Canadians and Mexicans
TD Visa Spouse or child of TN
TPS Visa Temporary Protected Status
TWOV Visa Transit Without Visa (Passenger or Crew)
U Visa Victims of Certain Crimes (U1 to U4)
V Visa Certain Second Preference Beneficiaries
V-1 Spouse of LPR with I-130 pending since before 12/21/2000
V-2 Child of LPR with I-130 pending since before 12/21/2000
V-3 Derivative child of V-1 or V-2