Nonimmigrant Visas

B-1 : Business Visitors


B-1 status is available to foreign nationals coming to the United States for a short time period to engage in meetings, seminars, consultations and other activities not involving productive employment. In most cases, obtaining B-1 status is straightforward; an application can be made directly with a U.S. embassy or consulate. However, issues may arise where the applicant cannot demonstrate his or her intention to return to his or her home country at the conclusion of their trip to the United States. We assist clients in avoiding and resolving these issues, and also specialize in establishing B-1 policies for multinational companies to avoid practices that could lead to unauthorized employment liability. 

E-1 & E-2 : Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors


An E visa is granted based on a qualifying treaty of commerce and navigation between the United States and the country of the foreign company’s nationality.

F-1 : Student Visas


F-1 visas are issued to individuals who have been admitted to a language or academic program at a school approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

H-1B : Workers in Specialty Occupations


H-1B is the most popular “work visa” for most U.S. employers. They may be obtained by virtually any established company in the United States seeking to hire a professional level employee from abroad.

H-3 : Trainees


H-3 status allows an alien to enter the United States for the purpose of receiving training or instruction (other than graduate medical education/training – but medical externships and training in nursing is permitted). 

J-1 : Exchange Visitors


The J visa exchange program was created to encourage educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and foreign countries.



L-1A & L-1B : Multinational Transferees


L-1 visa category allows employers to move personnel from foreign subsidiaries, parent companies, affiliates and branch offices to the employer's U.S. based operation to engage in temporary work.

O-1 : Aliens of Extraordinary Ability


An alien who has demonstrated extraordinary ability through sustained national or international acclaim in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics may be eligible for O-1 status.



NAFTA “TN” status is reserved for citizens of Canada and Mexico seeking to enter the United States to perform services in one of the professions listed in Appendix 1603.D.1 to Annex 1603 of NAFTA, which are also available in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations at 8 C.F.R. §214.6.

List of Nonimmigrant Categories


Extended list of all Nonimmigrant categories