The terms “immigrant” and “nonimmigrant” both refer to foreign nationals desiring to come to the United States. Nonimmigrants are those foreign nationals that come to the U.S. for a temporary purpose. Immigrants are those who have the intent to live and remain in the U.S. permanently.
Most nonimmigrants are not permitted to enter on a nonimmigrant visa with the intent to remain in the U.S. permanently or adjust status. Many nonimmigrant visas require evidence of the intention to return to one’s home country upon completion of the temporary stay in the U.S. Documentation of ongoing ties to the home country is often helpful in this regard.
There are many different kinds of nonimmigrant visas available for temporary stays in the U.S. Our attorneys can help you find and apply for the visa that is right for you based on your qualifications and purpose. For more information on some of the nonimmigrant visas, please see the articles below:
- B-1/B-2 Visa: Tourism and Business Activities
- E-1 & E-2 Visas: Treaty Traders and Investors
- E-3: Australian Specialty Occupation
- F-1 Visa: Students
- H-1B Visa: Specialty Occupation
- J-1 Visa: Exchange Visitor and Waiver of the 2-Year Home Residency Requirement
- L-1 Visa: Intracompany Transferees
- M-1: Vocational Student
- O-1 Visa: Extraordinary Ability and Achievement
- P-1 Visa: Athletes and Entertainment Groups
- Q-1 Visa: Cultural Exchange
- R-1 Visa: Religious Workers
- Visa Waiver Program