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Visa Categories

There are currently numerous different types of American visas available. These visas are broken down into classifications depending on the length, nature and purpose of your stay in the United States. Visa extensions are also available for most types of American visas. If you want to apply for a non-immigrant US visa, you need to determine what type of visa is appropriate for you. The type of visa you should apply for depends on the purpose of your trip. You can consult this table which lists all types of visitors in alphabetical order:

Types of visitors Visa Type
Athletes B-1
Au pairs J
Australian professional specialty E-3
Border Crossing Card: Mexico BCC
Business visitors B-1
Crew Members D
Diplomats and foreign government officials A
Domestic employees or nannies B-1
Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics O
International cultural exchange visitors Q
Intra-company transferees L
Medical treatment B-2
Media, journalists I
NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada TN/TD
Performing athletes, artists, entertainers P
Physician J, H-1B
Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor) J
Religious workers R
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge H-1B
Students: academic, vocational F, M
Temporary agricultural workers H-2A
Temporary workers performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature. H-2B
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors B-2
Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3
Treaty traders/treaty investors E
Transiting the United States C

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