A non-immigrant visa or non-immigrant status enables a foreign worker to enter the U.S. for a finite period of time for a specific type of employment. Such visas or statuses are normally tied to the specific employer and for the specific job for which the visa or status was granted. Other temporary/non-immigrant visas are to students, tourists, or business visitors for certain types of non-employment business matters (e.g., attending meetings, signing contracts, presenting or attending conferences). Some of the common non-immigrant visas are:
- E-1/ E2 (Treaty Traders & Treaty Investors) – Visas in these categories, E1 and E2, are for nationals of countries with treaties of navigation and commerce with the United States.
- E-3 (Advanced Degree/Specialty Occupation Workers from Australia) – Visas in this category are for Advanced Degree/Specialty Workers from Australia. Unlike the H-1B, E-3 visa holders may not have dual intent. Click here for USCIS’s informative website on this visa category.
- F-1 or M-1 for Academic or Vocational Studies and STEM OPT
- H-1B (Specialty Occupations)
- J-1 Waiver (Exchange Program Participants) — Please check back for updated information. Click here for the State Department’s very thorough information on J-1 Visas and Programs.
- L-1 (Intra-Company Executive/Manager or Special Skills Transferees)
- O-1 (Extraordinary Ability or Achievement in science, art, education, business, sports, film and television)
- P-1 (Internationally Recognized Athletes)
- TN (For Canadians and Mexicans)