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Non-Immigrant Visas
 

Visa applicants are advised to make an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview at least 3-4 weeks before their intended travel date.

Non-immigrant visas are for international travelers (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily.  The visa, placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the U.S.  A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.

International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work.  The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel.  For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please see our Visa Types for Temporary Visitors webpage.  The Consular Officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.

For more information regarding visa rules and regulations, please visit the State Department website at travel.state.gov.

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