Immigration and Visa

Visa Chart

 NONIMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES  

 

Visa Category

 

 

Class

 

 

Section of Law

 

 

A-1

 

 

Ambassador, public minister, career diplomat or consular officer, and members of immediate family  

101(a)(15)(A)(i)

 

 
 

A-2

 

 
Other foreign government official or employee, and members of immediate family  

101(a)(15)(A)(ii)

 

 

 

A-3

 

 

Attendant, servant, or personally employee of alien classified A-1 or A-2, and members of immediate family

101(a)(15)(A)(iii)

 

 

B-1

 

 

Temporary visitor for business

101(a)(15)(B)

 

 

B-2

 

 

Temporary visitor for pleasure

101(a)(15)(B)

 

 

C-1

 

 

Alien in transit

101(a)(15)(C)

 

 

C-2

 

 

Alien in transit to United Nations headquarters district under Section 11(3), (4), or (5) of headquarters agreement

101(a)(15)(C)

 

 

C-3

 

 

Foreign government official, members of immediate family, attendant, servant, or personal employee, in transit

212(d)(8)

 

 

D

 

 

Crewman (seaman or airman)

101(a)(15)(D)

 

 

E-1

 

 

Treaty trader, spouse, and children

101(a)(15)(E)(i)

 

 

E-2

 

 

Treaty investor, spouse, and children

101(a)(15)(E)(ii)

 

 

F-1

 

 

Student in academic or language program

101(a)(15)(F)(i)

 

 

F-2

 

 

Spouse or child of student in academic or language program

1010(a)(15)(F)(ii)

 

 

G-1

 

 

Principal resident representative of recognized foreign member government to international organization, staff, and members of immediate family

101(a)(15)(G)(i)

 

 

G-2

 

 

Other representative of recognized foreign member government to international organization, and members of immediate family

1010(a)(15)(G)(ii)

 

 

G-3

 

 

Representative of non-recognized or nonmember foreign government to international organization, and embers of immediate family

101(a)(15)(G)(iii)

 

 

G-4

 

 

International organization officer or employee, and members of immediate family

101(a)(15)(G)(iv)

 

 

G-5

 

 

Attendant, servant, or personal employee of alien classified G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4, and members of immediate family

101(a)(15)(G)(v)

 

 

H-1A

 

 

Temporary worker performing professional nursing services

101(a)(15)(G)(v)

 

 

H-1B

 

 

Temporary worker in a specialty occupation

101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)

 

 

H-2A

 

 

Temporary agricultural worker

101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a)

 

 

H-2B

 

 

Temporary worker performing nonagricultural services unavailable in the United States

101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b)

 

 

H-3

 

 

Trainee

101(a)(15)(H)(iii)

 

 

H-4

 

 

Spouse or child of alien classified H-1, H-2, or H-3

101(a)(15)(H)(iv)

 

 

I

 

 

Representative of foreign information media, spouse, and children

101(a)(15)(I)

 

 

J-1

 

 

Exchange visitor

101(a)(15)(J)

 

 

J-2

 

 

Spouse or child of exchange visitor

101(a)(15)(J)

 

 

K-1

 

 

Fiancée or fiancé of U.S. citizen

101(a)(15)(k)

 

 

K-2

 

 

Child of fiancée or fiancé of U.S. citizen

101(a)(15)(K)

 

 

L-1

 

 

Intracompany transferee

101(a)(15)(L)

 

 

L-2

 

 

Spouse or child of alien classified L-1

101(a)(15)(L)

 

 

M-1

 

 

Student in vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution

101(a)(15)(M)(i)

 

 

M-2

 

 

Spouse or child of student in vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution

101(a)(15)(M)(ii)

 

 

N-8

 

 

Parent of an alien child accorded special immigrant status

101(a)(15)(N)

 

 

N-9

 

 

Child of an alien parent accorded special immigrant status

101(a)(15)(N)

 

 

NATO 1-7

 

 

Includes the principal permanent representative of a NATO state; other representatives of member states; official clerical staff; officials of NATO; expert; members of a civilian component accompanying a force; attendants, servants, or personal employees of NATO visa holders; and members of immediate family of the above

Various treaty articles

 

 

O-1

 

 

Workers of "extraordinary" ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics

101(a)(15)(O)

 

 

O-2

 

 

Workers who accompany and assist O-1 aliens

101(a)(15)(O)(ii)

 

 

O-3

 

 

Family members of O-1 and O-2 aliens

101(a)(15)(O)(iii)

 

 

P-1

 

 

"Internationally recognized" entertainers and athletes

101)(a)(15)(P)(i)

 

 

P-2

 

 

"Reciprocal exchange" artists and entertainers

101(a)(15)(P)(ii)

 

 

P-3

 

 

"Culturally unique" artists and entertainers

101(a)(15)(P)(iii)

 

 

P-4

 

 

Family members of P-1, P-2, or P-3 aliens

101(a)(15)(P)(iv)

 

 

Q

 

 

Cultural Exchange Visitors

101(a)(15)(Q)

 

 

R

 

 

Religious Workers

101(a)(15)(R)

 

 

S

 

 

Federal Witnesses

101(a)(15)(S)

 

 

TN

 

 

Professionals from Canada or Mexico who enter the United States under the NAFTA agreements

214(e)

 

 

TD

 

 

Dependents of TN professionals

214(e)

 

 

TWOV

 

 

Crew

INA Sections 212(d)(3) and 212(d)(5)

8 CFR 212.1(f)

 

 

U

 

 

Victims of Certain Crimes  

U-1

 

 

Victim of Certain Criminal Activity

INA Section 101(a)(15)(U)

 

 

U-2

 

 

Spouse of U-1

INA Section 101(a)(15)(U)

 

 

U-3

 

 

Child of U-1

INA Section 101(a)(15)(U)

 

 

U-4

 

 

Parent of U-1, if U-1 is under 21 years of age

INA Section 101(a)(15)(U)

 

 

V-1

 

 

Spouse of an LPR who is the principal beneficiary of a family-based petition which was filed prior to December 21, 2001, and has been pending for at least three (3) years

INA Section 101(a)(15)(V)

8 CFR 214.15

 

 

V-2

 

 

Child of an LPR who is the principal beneficiary of a family-based visa petition that was filed prior to December 21, 2001, and has been pending for at least three (3) years

INA Section 101(a)(15)(V)

8 CFR 214.15

 

 

V-3

 

 

The derivative child of a V-1 or V-2

INA Section 101(a)(15)(V)

8 CFR 214.15

 

 

TPS

 

 

Temporary Protected Status

INA Section 244

8 CFR 244