Non-Immigrant Visa FAQ

What is a non-immigrant visa?

Non-immigrant visas are visas issued to people who intend to stay in the United States temporarily.

What types of visas are available if I want to come to the U.S. for a temporary stay?

There are numerous types of non-immigrant visas for people who intend to stay in the United States for a limited amount of time. This includes people who are coming to the U.S. for business or professional reasons, people who are coming to the U.S. for an education, those who are seeking medical treatment, and those who are here for leisure or pleasure.

Why would I need a non-immigrant visa? 

Non-immigrant visas are necessary for people who intend to stay in the United States on a temporary basis but longer than 90 days. 

How long does a non-immigrant visa take to get?

Typically, non-immigrant visas take between two to four months, but they can be longer.

How can I get my non-immigrant visa processed faster?

There is something called premium processing, where you pay an additional fee to speed up the process. Typically, this allows your visa application to be processed within fifteen business days.

Can I become a permanent resident after getting a non-immigrant visa?

Yes, you can adjust your status while living in the United States, based on a number of employment-based visa categories.