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A Complete Guide on USA Visas (Updated 2020)

The following paragraphs share a hoard of useful information on major US visa categories.

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The United States of America (USA) is a sought-after travel destination. This country is often described as the “Land of Endless Promises.” This is why millions of people across the globe choose the USA as their immigration destination.

You will need a USA visa, a stamp on your travel document, to enter the country. Having a USA visa does not guarantee your entry to the USA. Final discretion lies upon the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection inspectors.

Major US Visa Categories

Let’s look at some of the most coveted US visa categories:

1. Visitor Visas

The USA visitor visas are meant for those who wish to go to the United States to visit for a maximum duration of 6 months. Visitor visas are divided into the following sub-categories:

The B1 visa is a temporary/non-immigrant USA visa. It permits visitors to enter the USA for business purposes.

The B2 visa is another temporary, non-immigrant US visa that allows the visa-holder to visit the United States for a short period for holiday, travel, recreation, or meeting the family. It is also known as the USA Tourist Visa.

This visa is usually issued for 6 months. Still, in some cases, it is issued as a multiple entry visa for up to 10 years.

2. Student Visas

The F and M visas are designed to meet the academic and vocational purposes. Depending on the educational institution and study field, you will be granted either an F1 or an M1 visa.

Here are the popular categories of the USA student visas:

This visa allows you to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution or in a language training program.

F2 is a non-immigrant dependent visa. It allows the family members of an F1 student visa holder to live in the United States. The spouse and unmarried children (under 21 years of age) of F1 visa holders can apply for an F2 visa.

M1 is a type of student visa in the USA. It is reserved for international students who are enrolled in vocational schools and technical schools.

3. Exchange Visitor Visas

Exchange visitor visas are non-immigrant visas. This visa category is reserved for individuals who have been approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States.

4. Temporary Work Visas

Temporary work visas are issued for temporary workers in the United States. Here are the major categories of the USA work visas:

This visa is granted to the persons who have been employed in highly specialized fields

The H2A visa is granted to temporary agricultural foreign workers from selected countries with whom the USA shares some sort of interest

The L1 is a temporary visa. It allows you to transfer from a company in your homeland to its USA branch, subsidiary, affiliate, or parent company. You have to be in an executive or managerial position to obtain an L1 visa.

TN Visa is meant for the citizens of Canada or Mexico. They are going to work in the NAFTA organization. There are about 63 occupations for which Canadians and Mexicans are allowed to take jobs in the USA.

5. Transit Visas

The USA Transit Visa category allows you to enter the US and stay for a layover. As soon as your pre-scheduled flight or ship leaves for the next destination, you have to leave the USA.

There are two types of Transit Visa:

  1.  C1 Visa: This is for non-US citizens
  2.  C2 Visa: This visa is granted to non-US citizens who are traveling to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. C2 visa is also given to United Nations officials, transiting through the USA to reach the final destination.
  3. C3 Visa: This visa category is meant for foreign government officials.

You will be exempted from the US transit visa requirements only under the following circumstances:

  • You are a citizen of one of the US Visa Waiver Program countries
  • You hold another type of valid visa for the USA

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  • Visit Visa: Travel for leisure or business to any part of the world with Kansas.
  • Study Visa: Kansas will ensure that you qualify. And look forward to studying abroad.
  • Work Visa: We will help you obtain qualified employment. That is legally issued to you by the concerned authorities. 
  • Immigration: We are experts in arranging everything that is needed for your international movement. 
  • Permanent Residence: We’ll help you obtain permanent residency in your dream country.

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  • Job-Search Services: We look for appropriate openings to match your qualifications.
  • Profile Evaluation: Based on your unique profile history, we make matches with the visa eligibility requirements, and advise you with the visas you must apply for.
  • Resume Writing: We guide you to create a resume that stands out as desired by the concerned immigration authority.
  • Procuring documents: Help you arrange documents needed before applying for a visa.
  • Professional guidance: Be it providing you interview training, French/English courses or working samples for resumes, cover letters or assisting with application forms, medical or police clearance certificates - we will always be there for you. 
  • Dedicated Case Officer: We offer personal assistance and a single point of contact between the company and you, throughout the process
  • Post-Landing Services: We help you settle down in the country after you’ve received your visa. These services are specifically customized as per your requirements.

You can expect a one-stop solution for all your visa needs from profile evaluation, documentation, application drafting to post-visa services with Kansas.
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