Visas to the U.S.
Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas
Immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas are two types of U.S. visas which will allow a citizen of a foreign country to come to the United States. Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence from a U.S. Consulate in their home country.
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The following are overviews of the most common types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.
- B-1 B-2 Visitor for Business or Pleasure Visa
- E-1 Treaty Trader Visa
- E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
- F-1 Student Visa
- H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa
- H-2B Non-agricultural Worker Visa
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager
- L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized
- O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visa
- P-1 Artists and Athletes Visa
- R-1 Religious Worker Visa
- TN (North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA) Visa
Immigrant Visas (Green Cards or Permanent Residence Visas)
- Family Based Green Card
- Special Categories
- K-1 Fiance Visa
- EB-1 Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Professors and Multinational Executives and Managers Visa
- Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2)
- NIW (National Interest Waiver) Visa
- EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals Visa
- EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers Visa
- EB-5 Investor/Employment Creation Visas
- DV-1 Visas (the Green Card Lottery) Visa
- Permanent Residency (green card) via a Labor Certification through the PERM process
Whether you are in the US and have questions about your status, or are outside of the US and would like to know more about U.S. visas, if you are an employer seeking to employ a foreign worker, or if you have a family member who you would like to bring to the US, the experienced immigration attorneys at Allen & Pinnix, P.A., can help. Schedule a confidential consultation or call our office: 919.755.0505.