The Difference Between Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas

There are 185 different types of U.S. visas that fall into the categories of immigrant visa and nonimmigrant visa. While it may be a complicated task to sort through the seemingly never-ending visa options, it’s essential to know which visa applies to your travel plans or long-term goals so you can ensure you get the process started without any mistakes or errors.

What is an Immigrant Visa?

The U.S. government will issue visas to immigrants who were born outside of the United States but wish to live and work in the country permanently. To be eligible for an immigrant visa, you must generally be sponsored by an employer or family member who is a qualified employer or qualified family member.

What is Nonimmigrant Visa?

A nonimmigrant visa is issued generally for temporary travel and will have a specific period in which a foreign national will be permitted to remain in the United States. Some common reasons for a nonimmigrant visa may include but not limited to:

  • Business
  • Investment
  • Temporary Work
  • Executive Transfer
  • Tourism
  • School
  • Medical treatment

What are the Most Common U.S. Visas Issued?

Some of the more common types of visas that are issued to foreign nationals are:

  • Nonimmigrant Visas

    • H-1B - Work visa
    • L-1A
    • O-1 - Entrepreneur visa
    • E-Z Investor visa
    • B1 and B2 - Business and Visitor visa
  • Immigrant Visas

    • K-1 - Fiancé visa to marry a U.S. citizen
    • IR1, CR1 - Spouse of a U.S. citizen visas
    • F2A- visa for spouses and unmarried children under 21 of green card holders
    • EB - Employment-based visa

If you or a loved one needs assistance with a U.S. visa or your visa application has been denied, we can help. Having an experienced immigration attorney on your side can make all the difference in getting your immigration matters settled timely. Contact } today at (305) 858-2323 to learn more about how we can assist you with all your immigration needs.

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