What is a non-immigrant U.S. visa?

A non-immigrant U.S. visa is an entry permit to the U.S. It is issued by the U.S. Department of State and is stamped in your passport.

Non-immigrant visas are for individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who are coming to the U.S. temporarily for a specific purpose such as tourism, attending a conference or work. A U.S. visa stamp allows you to to request permission of the border inspector at a U.S. Port of Entry to enter the U.S.

A visa alone does not guarantee entry into the U.S. You must also carry your other documents, including valid passport, valid DS-2019 (for a J visa) or I-797 Approval Notice (for an H visa) and demonstrate proper intent (non-immigrant or dual intent) at time of admission.

For additional requirements, please contact the U.S. Consulate or Embassy where you will apply for your visa.