Most people entering the U.S. plan to return home eventually, so they select a temporary visa. There are a wide variety of temporary, non-immigrant visas available for foreign nationals to choose from. In most cases, an applicant would submit a Form DS-160 and attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence. Wait times for an interview vary by location and the type of visa that the applicant seeks.
B-1 and B-2 Visas
Some permits allow foreign nationals to enter the country for tourism (B-2), business purposes (B-1), or a combination (B-1/B-2). Travelers on these visas may visit family and friends, tour sites of interest, engage in contract negotiations, attend conferences, settle an estate, seek medical treatment, and engage in non-credit educational offerings. They may not use this visa to enroll in a for-credit education program, work, perform for money, or have a baby in the country.
There are several categories of student visas: F-1, for students in an academic program; M-1, for students in a vocational program; and J-1, for students in a cultural exchange program. In each case, the applicant must apply to the program they wish to attend. If accepted, the institution or program will provide a Form I-120, and the applicant can then schedule a visa interview.
If you believe you qualify for one of these visas and need help beginning the application process, a dedicated Charlotte attorney could answer questions and offer knowledgeable guidance.