These are some of the most common USCIS classifications:
The conditions are:
NON-IMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES
B-1 VisaBusiness visitors, athletes (amateurs or professionals) competing for prize only, domestic employees and nannies.
F-1 VisaStudents attending a full-time degree or academic program at university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory or another academic institution, including a language training program. This visa is valid for as long as it takes the student to finish his or her course of study and also allows students to work on-campus (in some situations even off-campus). SEVP (Student Exchange Visitor Program) approved schools only.
H-3 VisaTemporary visa for individuals to undertake job-related training in the U.S. that is not available in their home country. The training provided cannot be for graduate medical education or for the purpose of providing employment.
J-1 VisaExchange visitors for educational and cultural programs overseen by the U.S. Department of State, including professors, scholars and teachers.
M-1 VisaStudents enrolled in a non-academic or “vocational” study. This visa is valid for 1 year, but students may apply for extension for up to 3 years. SEVP (Student Exchange Visitor Program) approved schools only.
O-1 VisaNon-immigrant visa for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.
P-1 VisaAliens entering the U.S. to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete (individually or as part of a group or team) at an internationally recognized level of performance.
Q-1 VisaExchange visitors for international cultural exchange programs overseen by the USCIS, for the purpose of facilitating the sharing of international cultures with the U.S. Despite providing practical training and employment, only employers who administer cultural exchange programs are allowed to petition for Q non-immigrants.
IMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES
E-2 VisaInvestor is a national of a treaty country and makes a substantial investment in a new or existing U.S. business venture. Investor must develop and direct the enterprise with at least 50% ownership or possession of operational control through a managerial position. Certain employees of the employer may also be eligible. Read more
EB-5 VisaInvestment visa for entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) who are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence). Read more
The conditions are:
- Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the U.S.; and
- Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.