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What You Should Know About The Non-Immigrant US Visa

The United States of America also known as the land of flowing milk and honey is a destination hub for tourists, immigrants seeking greener pastures and entrepreneurs. The United States of America is known to reward hard work, and persistence regardless of social status or class.

Thousands of visas are issued to immigrants worldwide, who through their various expertise contribute to the economic growth of the country.

Any foreigner wishing to enter the United States must first obtain a visa that legalizes their stay. There are two visa categories such as the Temporary visa issued to non-immigrants for a Temporary stay in the country and the Permanent visa issued for Permanent residency.

Visa Exempt Countries

The first consideration of every prospective immigrant is knowing the right visa that suits their immigration objective. Getting a visa can be a long and onerous if you are unfamiliar with the terrains of immigration processes. However, with the right information, the onerous task can be simplified.

Not every foreigner entering the United States would need to obtain a visa. Nationals of certain countries are exempted from obtaining visa when traveling to the United States for the purpose of business or tourism for a period of 90 days or less. However, it is pertinent visa-exempted nationals satisfy other requirements and must apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before entering the United States.

Citizens of the following countries are exempted from getting a visa before entering the United States.

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

How To Apply For A Non-Immigrant Visa

Foreigners who wish to stay in the United States temporarily must apply under the non-immigrant visa category, and the procedure for application will be discussed below.

Obtaining A Form DS 160

Nationals of countries not eligible for visa exemption to the United States, who wish to move to the United States temporarily for the purpose of business or tourism must under the non-immigrant category by filling the DS 160 form Here

Documents Required For The Non-Immigrants Visa

  • During the application process, you will be required to provide the following documents:
    Travel itinerary
  • Valid passport
  • Social media details
  • Proof of a visa application payment
  • Employment letter (Applicable for petition based visa)
  • Proof of financial sufficiency
  • Invitation visa
  • Proof of medical fitness
  • Two recent photographs

Make The Required Payment

Visa applicants are required to make a non-refundable deposit of $160 for the non-immigrant visa types such as a visa for Tourism, business, student and exchange visas. The petition-based visa for work and religious activities is $190.

Note: A US employer will file a petition based visa on behalf of the immigrant having satisfied the eligibility requirements to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.

Schedule Your Visa Interview

All visa applicants aged 15-79 are required to undergo a US visa interview with the US embassy or consulate in their home country. To avoid delays due to backloads, it is advisable to book an appointment earlier.


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