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Non-Immigrant Visas

General Information

Citizens of a foreign country wishing to visit the United States temporarily generally must first obtain a non-immigrant visa. There are many types of non-immigrant visas depending on one’s reason for traveling to the U.S. For general information on non-immigrant visas for the U.S. as well as the various types of non-immigrant visas, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Visa web site.

U. S. law requires that your eligibility for a non-immigrant visitor’s visa be determined on the basis of strong, well-established ties to a residence outside the United States, as well as on the basis of reasonable, credible plans for your visit to the United States. The consular officer’s decision is therefore not made on the basis of any one single fact or document, but rather on the totality of the circumstances presented at the interview.

Visa Waiver Program

Temporary Visitors from certain countries may travel to the U.S. without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Visitors must not only be citizens of a Visa Waiver country but must also meet the requirements of the program.