There are numerous types of nonimmigrant (temporary) visas available to enter the U.S. for business and pleasure. This section of our site covers eligibility, application processes, rules, and problems that may arise.
For nonimmigrant work or student visas, see our topic specific sections on Work Visas and Student Visas.
Is It Harder to Get a U.S. Visa Coming From Certain Countries?
Consular officers working in different countries have their own methods for determining who will be likely to abuse a U.S. visa if granted.
Timeframe to Get a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa Approved
If you are applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States, make sure the visa is ready in time for your trip.
Applying for a U.S. Visa: Which Consulate?
Most U.S. visa applicants can get their visa from any U.S. consulate or embassy, but there are a few problems one might face.
Can I Get a U.S. Visa If I'm Already in the Country?
Understanding when you do and don't need a visa, and how to change or renew your status from within the United States.
Temporary Visa Applicants Must Prove Their Intent to Leave the U.S. on Time
Among other challenges, U.S. immigration law requires consular officers to view every visa applicant as an intending immigrant until the applicant proves otherwise.
How & When To Write a Visa Letter of Invitation
If you have foreign family or friends wishing to visit the United States, a visa letter of invitation might help. Here are some tips on what to write, and a sample.
What If Your Visa Expires While Waiting for Another One?
If your temporary U.S. visa expires; or soon will; you next steps depend on where you are in the application process for your new visa.
Do Temporary Visa Holders File U.S. Tax Returns?
Even nonimmigrant visa holders might have to file a tax return with the IRS.
How to Get a B-1 or B-2 Visitor Visa
Temporary visitors to the United States usually need to obtain an entry visa, and the B visas are most common. Here is an overview on the process to obtain one.
Forms & Documents Needed for a B-1 or B-2 Visitor Visa
In order to apply for a B-1 (tourist) or B-2 (business) visitor visa, you will need to complete a few forms and submit supporting documents.
Laws and Restrictions on the B-2 Visitor (Tourist) Visa
Most tourists wishing to visit the United States will use the B-2 visitor visa. Here's how it works.
O-3 Visas for the Family of O-1 and O-2 Work Visa Holders
How spouses and children can obtain O-3 visas to accompany an O-1 or O-2 work visa holder to the United States.
R-2 Visa for Family of Religious Workers (R-1 Holders)
An R-2 visa is a U.S. nonimmigrant (temporary) visa that may be issued to the spouse and unmarried children (under 21 years) of R-1 visa holders.
VAWA Protection Under Family Immigration Laws
See our section on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) under Family Immigration Laws.
I-94 Date vs. U.S. Visa Expiration Date
Know when your stay in the U.S. is up and what happens if you don't leave on time.
Applying for an Extension of a U.S. Visa or Change of Status
The I-539 form and application requirements for obtaining an extension of your stay or a change to a new nonimmigrant status.
How Much Will It Cost to Extend or Change Your Visa Status?
If you are looking to extend your U.S. visa, or change your status to another visa, you'll be filing an I-539 application and related documents. Here's what to expect in filing fees and lawyer costs.
Reasons a U.S. Tourist Visa (B-2) Could Be Denied
Common factors that may prohibit someone from obtaining a tourist visa for the United States.
When and Why Your U.S. Visa Would Be Cancelled
Your visa can be cancelled or revoked at any time, for a number of reasons. Here are the most common.
Consequences of Overstaying on a Temporary U.S. Visa
Understand the three-and ten-year bars to returning to the U.S. after long periods of unlawful stay.
How a Visa Overstay Affects a Minor
Young people (under the age of 18) face consequences for overstaying a U.S. visa, though not as severe as adults do.
Will I Be Able to Reenter the U.S. If I Overstay My Tourist Visa?
Issues to consider when hoping to return to the U.S. after a tourist visa overstay.
Can My U.S. Visa Overstay Be Forgiven?
Depending on your specific circumstances, you might be "forgiven" for overstaying a temporary visa, and obtain further immigration benefits.
Can You Stay in the U.S. Legally While in Between Visas?
There are legal ways to switch from one visa status to another with a gap in between, but only if you make sure that you never let one visa lapse without having another one in the works.
Getting a U.S. Visitor Visa With a Criminal Record
The process to obtain a B visa can be difficult for anyone, but especially challenging for a foreign national with a criminal record.