B-1 / B2 Visas: Visitors
Do I have the right to work under this type of visa?
How long can I extend my B visa?
B1 visa holders are those who enter temporarily for business purposes
as negotiating contracts, representing a foreign employer for
projects with a U.S. employer (business), purchasing property on behalf
of his employer, taking orders for goods manufactured overseas,
or attending seminars, but not based on U.S. employment.
B-2 visitors enter the U.S. only for pleasure, vacation and tourism purposes, and not
for employment goals.
Can I change this visa in another
type of visa?
B1/B2 visitors may extend their visa valability one single time with up to 6 months but the entire stay period has not to pass 1 year.
Can I marry a US citizen while I am under B visa?
Yes, you can change your B visa in many types of other visas.
For example: F, H, L, M, R, O, ...etc.
Yes, you can marry a US citizen and then you may apply for Green Card, which
includes Work Permit and Travel Permit.
E-1 / E-2 Visas: Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
How long can an E visa holder reside
in the U.S. under this type of visa?
for this type of visa and what can they do?
E-1 and E-2 entrants are granted their status for one or more years, but
this actually depends on the country where they are from.
Generally, their status may be extended for as long as they manage their business.
Aliens entering the U. S. in order to engage in trade or investment pursuant
to a bilateral treaty between the USA and their country of nationality.
This visa category authorizes the employment in the USA to manage the trade
or investment enterprise.
Family members have the same classification
but are not authorized to work.
F1/F2 Visas-Academic Students
Am I required to attend full time
Can I change the school or program?
Yes, otherwise you can lose your student visa.
F-1 students enter at all levels of academic education and they are required to attend on a full-time
basis in a degree program.
Does an F-1 visa holder qualify for an Employment
Yes you can, but only with Immigration Service approval and you must file
another I-20 for the prospective school or program.
Can a foreign student marry a U.S.
foreign students do not qualify for EAD until they graduate or finish
their programs and go into optional practical training status (OPT).
OPT takes 12 months. During the educational period F1 visa holders are allowed
to work only 20 hours /week and only in school campus.
The USCIS may accept off-campus employment for foreign students in exceptional situations such as the death of sponsor,
or other cases when the student lost his financial support.
Family members of F-1 visa holders are accorded F-2 status but are not authorized to work.
Can a foreign student travel in
his/her country of nationality?
Yes. An F-1 visa holder can marry a U.S. citizen and then apply for Green Card.
Yes and No.
Yes, if he/she obtained the visa from a U.S. Embassy abroad.
No, if he/she changed to F1 from another type of visa, here in U.S.
H-1 Visas: Temporary Workers
What is H-1B visa category and who
How about H-1 visas in general?
The H-1B category is accorded to individuals employed in a Specialty Occupation
and is one of the most important nonimmigrant categories for employers wishing to hire a foreign national
in a professional or highly technical position.
For how long is this visa issued?
H-1B aliens are mostly speciality or professional workers such as scientists,
engineers, programers, research analysts,
management consultants, journalists, accountants, professional fashion
models, and professional nurses (H-1C).
Many of these high skilled workers will occupy positions that
normally require a minimum of a bachelor degree to perform, as well as
holding a degree, or the equivalent in education or experience.
How long it takes to get an H-1 visa?
H-1 aliens are admitted for a maximum of three years initially and can have
their status extended for an additional three years period.
In limited circumstances ( for instance: if the Labor Certification process took
more than 365 days), extensions beyond the total six years could be possible
in one year increment.
How can I speed up my process of obtaining H-1 visa?
Six-to-ten weeks to approve.
Can a dependent
of H-1 visa holder, work?
The procedure which it speeds up your visa petition is called "Premium
Under the new program, the USCIS guarantees that within
15 days of receiving an H-1B petition it will either approve, deny, provide
a notice of investigation in case of fraud or request additional information.
No, H-4 aliens are not allowed to work but they are allowed to study.
J Visas: Exchange Visitors
How can I
get a J1 visa?
Can I change this type of visa to
There are various types of exchange visitor visas. The persons who apply
for this type of visa are usually students, but can also come to receive
other training, or participate in programs that have exchange components
like for instance: summer camp counselors and au pairs.
Their status depends on the duration of the exchange program.
In order to be trained legally in the USA, international applicants must obtain DS2019 through
an officially authorized J1 Exchange Sponsor Program in their country
Sure, if the alien is not subject of section 212 E, which means that the J-1
visa holder is required to return to his/her
country of nationality for two years, before switching to some of the other
K-1 Visa: Fiancé(e) of US Citizen
Can a K-1 visa holder marry another
U.S. citizen than the applicant?
When it is
supposed the wedding to take place?
When entering USA on a K-1 visa, it is not possible to change
to another status and the marriage to a different person does not permit
adjustment of status to permanent residence.
Can the fiancee apply for
a work permit during the 90 days period?
The wedding must take place within 90 days of visa validity.
What other important requirements
are for K-1 visa?
Yes, an employment authorization can be requested for upon entry in USA.
The US citizen must have met his/her fiancé(e) in person within the last two years before filing for the fiancée visa.
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