Basic Visa Process

  1. Petition
    • Submit appropriate forms for a petition for an immigrant visa
  2. Post Petition Approval
    • Check priority date, the date on which you may apply for the visa
    • Begin National Visa Center Processing
    • Choose an Agent/Attorney
    • Pay Fees
  3. Collect and submit  documents and forms to the National Visa Center
    • Submit Visa Application Form
    • Gather financial documents
    • Gather supporting documents
    • Submit to National Visa Center
  4. Visa Interview
    • Prepare for interview
    • Visa applicant interview
  5. Find out your result and receive your passport with visa


Types of Visas

    • Business/Tourist Visa
    • Work Visa
    • Student Visa
    • Exchange Visitor Visa
    • Fiance
    • Transit/Crew Visa
    • Domestic Employee Visa
    • Journalist and Media Visa
    • E-2 CNMI Investor Visa
    • Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor Visa
    • Diplomats, Officials, and Exchange Visitors on US Government Programs


Visa TypePurpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas
ADiplomats and foreign government officials
A-2,NATO1-6Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S.
A1-2,G1-4,NATO1-6Visa renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO
B-1Business visitors
B-2Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors
BCCBorder Crossing Card: Mexico
CTransiting the United States
DCrewmembers (serving aboard a sea vessel or aircraft in the U.S.)
E-1Treaty traders
E-2Treaty investors
E-3Australian worker – professional specialty
F-1Students – academic and language students
F-2Student dependents – dependent of an F-1 holder
G1-G5,NATOEmployees of a designated international organization, and NATO
H-1BSpecialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge
H-1B1Free Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals: Chile
H-1B1Free Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals: Singapore
H-1CNurses traveling to areas short of health care professionals
H-2ATemporary workers – seasonal agricultural
H-2BTemporary workers – nonagricultural
H-3Training in a program not primarily for employment
IInformation media representative (media, journalists)
JExchange visitors
J-1Exchange visitors – au pairs
J-1Exchange visitors – professors, scholars, teachers
J-2Exchange visitors – children (under age 21) or spouse of a J-1 holder
J,QExchange visitors – international cultural
LIntra-company transferees
M-1Students – vocational
M-2Student dependents – dependent of an M-1 holder
O-1Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business or athletics
PAthletes, artists, entertainers
RReligious workers
T-1Victims of human trafficking
TN/TDNAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada
U-1Victims of criminal activity