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Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas

Visa Categories

The lists below are not exhaustive and there may be additional options available to you - contact an immigration lawyer at ISSLG to discuss your visa options.


              Purpose of Travel                              Visa Category                    

  • Athlete, amateur or professional         B-1                                                          
  • Au pair (exchange visitor)                    J                                 
  • Australian professional specialty        E-3
  • Border Crossing Card: Mexico             BCC
  • Business visitor                                     B-1
  • CNMI-only transitional worker            CW-1
  • Crewmember                                       D
  • Diplomat                                               A

                 or foreign government official

  • Domestic employee or nanny -          B-1

                 must be accompanying a foreign national employer

  • Employee of a designated                G1-G5, NATO

                  international organization or NATO

  • Exchange visitor                                 J

  • Foreign military personnel               A-2, NATO1-6

                 stationed in the United States

  • Foreign national with extraordinary     O

                 ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics

                 Professional: Chile, Singapore

  • International cultural                        Q

                 exchange visitor

  • Intra-company transferee                 L

  • Medical treatment, visitor for             B-2

  • Media, journalist                                  I

  • NAFTA professional worker:              TN/TD

                 Mexico, Canada

  • Performing athlete,                            P

                 artist, entertainer

  • Physician                                           J , H-1B

  • Professor, scholar,                           J

                 teacher (exchange visitor)

  • Religious worker                             R

  • Specialty occupations                   H-1B

                 in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge

  • Student: academic,                       F, M


  • Temporary agricultural worker    H-2A

  • Temporary worker                        H-2B

                 performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.

  • Tourism, vacation,                         B-2

                  pleasure visitor 

  • Training in a program                  H-3

                  not primarily for employment

  • Treaty trader/treaty investor     E

  • Transiting the United States       C

  • Victim of Criminal Activity          U

  • Victim of Human Trafficking      T

  • Nonimmigrant (V) Visa               V

                  for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)


Immediate Relative & Family Sponsored                            Visa Category

  • Spouse of a U.S. Citizen                                                  IR1, CR1

  • Spouse of a U.S. Citizen                                                  K-3 *

                 awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition

  • Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S.                 K-1 *

  • Intercountry Adoption of Orphan                                 IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4

                 Children by U.S. Citizens

  • Certain Family Members                                              F2A, F2B

                 of Lawful Permanent Residents

Employer Sponsored – Employment 

  • Priority workers [First]                                                      E1
  • Professionals Holding Advanced                                     E2                
  • Degrees and Persons of 

                 Exceptional Ability [Second]

  • Professionals and Other Workers [Third]                 E3, EW3
  • Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]               C5, T5, R5, I5
  • Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]                           S**
  • Religious Workers                                                           SD, SR
  • Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters                    SI 

  • Iraqis Who Worked for/on                                              SQ
    Behalf of the U.S. Government

  • Afghans Who Worked for/on                                         SQ

                 Behalf of the U.S. Government

Other Immigrants

  • Diversity Immigrant Visa                                                 DV
  • Returning Resident                                                          SB

Contact IISLG for a consultation to learn more about your visa options.