Most foreign nationals who seek to enter the U.S. will have to get an American visa.
The American visa normally goes inside the passport of the person traveling. The passport will, however, be issued by the country of citizenship of the traveler.
If a traveler is from a country that is under the American visa waiver program, then he or she will not have to get a visa.
What is the purpose of the American visa?
When a traveler requests a visa, a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside the United States determines whether or not he or she is eligible to enter for a specific purpose. There are several American visas a traveler can apply for. It really depends on what the reasons for traveling are.
What are the Types of Visas?
There are basically two types of American visas:
Nonimmigrant American visas are the following: A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2,C-, C-1/D, C-2, C-3, C-4, D-1, E-1, E-2, E-3, F-1, F-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5, H-1B1, H-1B2, H-1C, H-2A, H-2B, H-2R, H-3, H-4, I, J-1, J-2, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1A, L-1B, L-2, M-1, M-2, N-8, N-9, O-1, O-2, O-3, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, Q-1, Q-2, Q-3, R-1, R-2, S-5, S-6, S-7, T-1, T-2, T-3, TN, TD, TWOV, U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, TPS, V-1, V-2, V-3
The Immigrant American visa is the Permanent Resident Card, which is also known as the Green Card. This one is only for those foreign nationals who seek to travel to the U.S. to gain permanent residence. The immigrant visa can be attained through family or through employment. The employment based immigrant visas are EB-1A, EB-1B, EB-1C, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, EB-5. The immigrant visa does not go inside a traveler’s passport. It is a separate document.
What Information Goes on the American Visa?
An American visa will have the following information:
- Place where American visa was issued
- Birth Date
- Type of Visa
- Passport Number
- Expiration Date
- Annotations that pertain to conditions of visa
When an American visa is issued, it’s important to double check that all information is correct. Having an American visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S. Once a traveler arrives to the U.S., the U.S Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection can deny entry to the traveler if there are mistakes or problems with the visa.