USA Travel Visa

  • B-1 Visitors for Business

    Description

    This visa allows a foreign national to temporarily enter the USA in order to conduct a variety of business-based activities, but the foreign national is not authorized to engage in actual gainful employment.

    Please Note :No Dependents allowed on these visas (but they may qualify for B-2 visas ontheir own)

    • Types of business activities authorized under the B-1 visa:
      • Engaging in commercial transactions not involving gainful employment, e.g., negotiating contracts, litigation, consulting with clients or business associates.
      • A member of the board of directors of a US corporation, coming for a board meeting.
      • Participating in scientific, educational, professional, religious or business conventions. (A person may receive an honorarium and incidental expenses not lasting more than 9 days at a single academic institution and for not more than 5 such honoraria in a 6- month period.)
      • Foreign corporate personnel coming to set up US subsidiary (pre L- 1A), or persons exploring investments (pre E-1/E-2).
      • Installing equipment pursuant to contract of sale.
    • Missionary or volunteer service work for a charity:
      • Must be going to volunteer for a non-profit organization in the US recognized as charity by the IRS.
      • There must be an established volunteer program in place within the US receiving charitable organization.
      • Can go for up to 1 year.
      • Volunteer will not be paid, but can receive stipend and other
      • Common benefits derived from volunteer program.
    • Personal/domestic servants who accompany returning US citizens who are temporarily assigned to US or who permanently reside in a foreign country, or personal/domestic servant of a B, E, F, H, I, J, L, O, P, Q, R, and TN visa holders (may apply for work authorization).
    • Any payment to B-1 should generally be abroad. However, remuneration from source outside the US may be arranged through US financial institution.
    • Services being performed are not ones which a US worker would have to be hired for, are not inherently part of the US labor market, and are not primarily benefiting the US entity as local work.

    If application is based on marriage, must provide evidence of bona fide relationship.

    NOTE: There is a quota for these immigrant visas. Waiting times may be extremely long – up to 20 YEARS for some categories.

    Current availability is published in the Visa Bulletin once a month by the US Department of State. Because of waiting times, Visas Wizard will only be responsible for the first part of the process- the immigrant petition. Once the petition has been approved, it will be the client’s responsibility to watch the priority dates and to contact Visas Wizard if they wish to proceed once the priority date is current.

    Procedure

    • Apply at US consulate in home country.
    • Processing Time: 4-6 weeks; if criminal history or nationals from certain middle eastern countries – security clearances can take longer (double check w/ case team for processing time).

    Please contact our highly expert immigration consultants for more information.

  • B-2 Visitors for Pleasure

    Description

    Allows a foreign national to temporarily travel to the USA either for the purposes of tourism, visit family, and similar activities.

    Please Note :No Dependents allowed on these visas (but they may qualify for B-2 visas ontheir own)

    Requirements

    • Residence in a foreign country.
    • No intention of abandoning foreign residence.
    • Visiting temporarily.
    • Must demonstrate intent to depart at expiration of requested stay.
    • Must show employment, family, social ties to residence abroad.
    • Permission to reenter foreign country at end of stay.
    • Adequate financial arrangements (including resources for traveling and staying in.
    • USA to carry out purpose of visit. Does individual have money or proof of support
    • from friends and relatives in US or abroad? Are ties sufficient between sponsor and applicant to ensure support?
    • Types of activities authorized under the B-2 visa:
      • Tourist.
      • Social visit to friends/relatives.
      • Health purposes.
      • Participant in conventions of social organizations.
      • Participant in amateur musical, sports or similar events with no remuneration.
      • Dependent of US Armed Forces personnel.
      • Accompanying D or B-1 aliens.
      • Coming to US to marry US citizen but will depart.
      • Coming to US to marry nonimmigrant. Must thereafter apply for spouse’s derivative status.
      • Non-spouse partner (regardless of gender) that accompanies a principal E, H or L for duration of stay. However, the B-2 must show entitlement to B-2 status in his/her own right, but the primary purpose of the travel must be to accompany his or her significant other. The fact that the cohabitating partner may be living in the US for an extended period is not a bar to B-2 status.
    • Pleasure Defined—Legitimate activities of a recreational character, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment and activities of a fraternal, social or service nature.‖
    • Employment not permitted even where only remuneration is room, board and pocket change.

    Procedure

    • Apply at US consulate in home country.
    • Processing Time: 4-6 weeks; if criminal history or nationals from certain middle eastern countries – security clearances can take longer (double check w/ CSM for processing time).

    Duration and Limitations

    • Visa issued for up to 10 years
    • B-2 admitted for 6 months

    Notes

    No dependents allowed on these visas

  • J-1 Exchange Visitor

    Description

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor program enables foreign nationals to come to the US to work, study, teach, train or observe US culture.

    In this category, each category of program has specific requirement.

    Procedures

    After obtaining particular form, apply for J-1 visa at US consulate in home country. Each program category has specific durations.

    Two-year home-country physical presence requirement—An exchange visitor is subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement if any of the following conditions exist:

    • Government funded exchange program.
    • Graduate medical education or training.
    • Specialized knowledge or skill.

    Benefits of the J-1 Visa:

    The J-1 visa allows students, scholars, trainees in business and industry, research assistants, teachers, and international visitors on cultural missions come to the US to participate in a variety of informational exchange programs sponsored by schools, businesses, and various organizations and institutions.

    • J-1 visas can be issued quickly.
    • Travel in and out of the US is allowed until the completion of the program.
    • Visas are available for the J-1 visa holder’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
    • J-1 visa holders from countries such as UK, Ireland, and Australia are not subject to two-year home residency requirement.

    Processing Time: Varies between 2-3 weeks.

    Dependents

    Dependents including spouses and children under 21 (J-2) allowed on these visas. Spouses may obtain work authorization.

    Please contact our highly expert immigration consultants for more information.

  • Visitor electronic travel authority (eta) visa – subclass 976

    An E Visitor Visa is required for people who wish to come to Australia to travel or visit friends and family. The e-visitor visa is also suitable for people visiting for business purposes such as: attending a conference, negotiating or exploring business opportunities.

    In order to qualify for this visa type, travelers must hold an e-visitor visa eligible passport and can make an application online. Applicants must be outside Australia at the time of lodgment and time of decision.

    This e-visitor visa is valid for a period of 12 months and permits a stay of 3 months from the date of each entry (during the validity period).

    If you apply for this visa for business purposes, you must not work in Australia except in some exceptional circumstances.

    If you apply for this visa for tourist purposes, you must not work while you are in Australia.

  • Australian Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

    The Australian Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) grants permanent residence to overseas workers who are sponsored by their Australian employer. The Employer Nomination Scheme is specifically designed to enhance Australia's ability to compete globally while satisfying genuine shortages in the Australian skilled labour market.

    Basic Requirements

    You might be able to get this visa if you:

    • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer
    • are younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
    • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless you are exempt
    • apply under the stream for which you were nominated.
  • Working holiday visa

    The Australian working holiday visa scheme provides a great opportunity for young people aged 18 – 31 to travel round Australia, whilst earning money to help fund their holiday.

    The Australia working holiday visa permits applicants to stay for up to 12 months. The visa permits applicants to work to subsidise travel when entering under Australian working holiday visas. However, you may only work for an individual employer for a maximum of 6 months.

    You may also study or train for up to 4 months using your Australian working holiday visa. There is also the opportunity to extend the Australia working holiday visas for up to another 12 months by completing 3 months seasonal work; you will be required to provide evidence of this when applying for your second year.

    Eligibility Criteria
    • Aged between 18 and 30
    • Hold a valid passport from the following countries:

    Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan or United Kingdom.

    Applicants with dependant children are not eligible to apply under this category.

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