There are several types of nonimmigrant, or temporary, visas that you can apply for if you intend to enter the US for only a short time. A very popular example of this is a Student Visa given to those who wish to come to the US to study. If for any reason you are planning a short stay or trip to the US, you will need a nonimmigrant Visa.
Types of Nonimmigrant Visas
The type of temporary visa you’ll need is fully dependent on the reason for your visit. You need a completely different visa to come here as a tourist than you do to come here to work short-term on a project. Common immigrant visa types are B-2 (for tourism), F-1 (student visa), E-2 (investor visa), and H-1B (specialty worker). The full list follows:
US Activity Limits and Lengths for Nonimmigrant Visas
Different types of visas have different limits on what you can do while in the US. Student Visas allow you to study, but not to work. Every different type of nonimmigrant visa has a different purpose and as logically follows, the length for each of these visas is directly related to the purpose it is issued for. All US Visas come with an expiration date and most nonimmigrant Visas can be renewed/extended a number of times all together.
It should be noted your Visa expiration date limits when you may enter the US. However, how long you can stay is not dictated by your Visa, rather by your Form I-94 (typically a small green or white card you received when you entered the country if you came after April, 2013). You should be able to access your record on this by contacting the US Customs & Border Protection.
Visas are either “multiple entry” or they can only be used one time. If you have a multiple entry visa you can use it to enter the US again, otherwise is only good for the single entry.
Have More Questions about Nonimmigrant or Temporary Visas?
There are all kinds of temporary visas. Unfortunately, the laws around them are incredibly hard to understand – even those with advanced degrees have trouble figuring them all out! It’s a good idea to hire a qualified lawyer who has made it his business to help people seeking excitement in the US – whether it’s to study at our colleges or make it your home. If you need professional help to navigate the complicated visa application process, look no further than the Law Office of Yoel Molina, P.A. Yoel has experience assisting people just like you with their American Dream. Give our office a call and we’d be happy to discuss your legal needs and concerns. Call 305-548-5020 now.