What is a U.S. Visa, and Who Needs One?

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Purpose                                                                                                                            Type of Visa
Athletics (when competing for prize money)                                                                                B-1
Business visitors                                                                                                                          B-1
Crime victim                                                                                                                                 U
Exchange visitors (such as au pairs)                                                                                           J
Domestic employees and nannies accompanied by a foreign national employer                        B-1
Foreign national with extraordinary ability in science, art, education, athletics or business        O
Human trafficking victim                                                                                                               T
International cultural exchange visitor                                                                                          Q
Medical patient                                                                                                                            B-2
Media member                                                                                                                            I
Performing athlete, artist or entertainer                                                                                       P
Physician                                                                                                                                    J, H-1B
Religious worker                                                                                                                        R
Specialty occupation in a field requiring highly specialized knowledge                                      H-1B
Spouse or child of lawful permanent resident who does not intend to immigrate                       V
Student                                                                                                                                       F, M
Temporary agricultural worker                                                                                                    H-2A
Temporary worker (not agriculture)                                                                                            H-2B
Tourist                                                                                                                                         B-2
Training in a program that’s not primarily for employment                                                        H-3
Treaty trader or treaty investor                                                                                                   E

Each type of visa has its own requirements. For example, if you’re coming to the U.S. to work, you’ll most likely need a certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (which your employer is required to get).

Do You Need a Lawyer to Get a U.S. Visa?

If you’re considering coming to the U.S., our Milwaukee immigration attorneys can help you file your paperwork with the appropriate agencies and answer all your questions. You can set up a consultation with an experienced attorney by calling 414-383-6700 right now or by contacting us online.

Carlos Gamino 

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What is a U.S. Visa - Carlos Gamino
By Carlos Gamino

If you’re traveling or coming to the United States for school or work, you most likely need a visa. Some international travelers don’t need visas, but most do.

So which visa type is right for you?

People coming to the U.S. for school or work who don’t intend to move here permanently need a visa. This table outlines the types of visas necessary for travel purposes.
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