Temporary Nonimmigrant ‘Work’ Visas
Spouses and Children Seeking Dependent Nonimmigrant Classification
Spouses and children who qualify for dependent nonimmigrant classification of a temporary worker and who are outside of the United States should apply directly at a U.S. consulate for a visa.
Spouses and children requesting a change of status or extension of stay in a dependent nonimmigrant classification must file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Please see the Form I-539 instructions for further information on filing procedures for this application.
- CW-1: CNMI-Only Transitional Worker
- E-1 Treaty Traders
- E-2 CNMI Investor
- E-2 Treaty Investors
- E-3 Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia
- H-1B Specialty Occupations and Fashion Models
- H-1C Registered Nurse
- H-2A Agricultural Workers
- H-2B Non-Agricultural Workers
- H-3 Nonimmigrant Trainee
- I Representatives of Foreign Media
- L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager
- L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge
- O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
- P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete
- P-1B Member of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group
- P-2 Performer or Group Performing under Reciprocal Exchange Program
- P-3 Artist or Entertainer Part of a Culturally Unique Program
- Q Cultural Exchange
- R-1 Temporary Religious Workers
- TN NAFTA Professionals TN-1 or TN-2 (Canadians and Mexicans under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA))
NONIMMIGRANT CATEGORIES: For a complete list of all Categories, please go to http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/87170.pdf
Summary List of Nonimmigrant Visas
A-1. Ambassadors, public ministers, or career diplomats, and their spouses and children.
A-2. Other accredited officials or employees of foreign governments, and their spouses and children.
A-3. Attendants, servants, or Personal employees of A-1 and A-2 visa holders, or Immediate Family
B-1 Business visitors.
B-2. Visitors for pleasure or medical treatment.
B-1/OCS: For crewmembers working on Outer Continental Shelf (B-1/OCS) and yachts (B-1)
B-1/B-2: For general business purposes (e.g., meetings, short-term training); for tourism, visit to relatives and friends, or similar reasons
C-1. Foreign travelers in immediate and continuous transit through the U.S.
C-2 Foreign national in transit to the United Nations
C-3 Foreign government official, Immediate Family, Attendant, Servant or Personal Employee in Transit
D-1. Crew members (sea or air) who need to land temporarily in the U.S. and who will depart aboard the same ship or plane on which they arrived.
E-1. Treaty trader, working for a U.S. trading company that does 50% or more of its business with the trader’s home country, and their spouses and children.
E-2. Treaty investors working for a U.S. company with 50% or more of its investment capital coming from the investor’s home country, and their spouses and children.
E-2C Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Investor, Spouse or Child
E-3. Australian Treaty Foreign National coming to the United States to perform services in a specialty occupation (similar to an H-1B) Spouses and children may accompany the E-3 visa holder.
E-3D Spouse or child of E-3
F-1. Academic or language students.
F-2. Spouses and children of F-1
F-3. Citizens or Mexican national commuter students in academic or language training program
G-1. Principal Representatives of foreign governments coming to the U.S. to work for an international organization, their Staff or Immediate Family.
G-2. Other Representatives of recognized Foreign Government coming to the U.S. to work for an international organization, Staff or Immediate Family
G-3. Representatives of Non-recognized Foreign Government to International organization, or Immediate Family
G-4. Officers or employees of international organizations or Immediate Family
G-5. Attendants, servants, and personal employees of G-1 through G-4 visa holders, and their spouses and children.
H-1B Persons working in specialty occupations requiring at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in on-the-job experience, and distinguished fashion models.
H-1C Nurses who will work for up to three years in health professional shortage area.
H-2A Temporary agricultural workers performing agricultural services unavailable in U.S
H-2B. Temporary workers performing other services unavailable in the U.S
H-3 Temporary trainees coming for on-the-job training unavailable in their home countries.
H-4. Spouses and children of H-1, H-2, or H-3 visa holders.
I-1 Representatives of the foreign information media, spouse and children
J-1 Exchange visitors coming to the U.S. to study, work, or train as part of an exchange program officially recognized by the U.S. Department of State.
J-2 Spouses and children of J-1 visa holders.
K-1. Fiancés or fiancées of U.S. citizens coming to the U.S. for the purpose of getting married.
K-2. Minor, unmarried children of K-1 visa holders.
K-3. Spouses of U.S. citizen petitioners awaiting availability of an immigrant visa,
K-4. Unmarried children of K-3 visa holders.
L-1. Intercompany transferees (Executive, Managerial, and Specialized Knowledge Personnel Continuing Employment with an International Firm or Corporation)
L-2. Spouses and children of L-1 visa holders.
M-1. Vocational or other nonacademic students, other than language students.
M-2. Spouses and children of M-1 visa holders.
M-3. Canadian or Mexican national commuter student (Vocational student or other nonacademic student)
N-8. Parents of certain special immigrant classified as SK-2 or SN3
N-9. Children of N8 or of SK1, SK2, SK4, SN1, SN2 or SN4
NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, and NATO-5. Representatives, officials, and experts coming to the U.S. under applicable provisions of the NATO Treaty, and their immediate family members.
NATO-6. Member of civilian component accompanying a Force entering in accordance with the Provisions of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement.
NATO-7. Attendants, servants, or personal employees of NATO-1 through NATO-6 visas holders, and their immediate family members.
O-1. Persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
O-2. Essential support staff of O-1 visa holders.
O-3. Spouses and children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.
P-1. Internationally recognized athletes and or member of internally recognized entertainment group.
P-2. Artist or Entertainer coming to perform in a reciprocal exchange program
P-3. Artists and entertainers coming to the U.S. in a culturally unique program
P-4. Spouses and children of P-1, P-2, and P-3 visa holders.
Q-1. Exchange visitors coming to the U.S. to participate in international cultural exchange programs.
Q-2. (Walsh visas) Participants in the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program
Q-3. Spouses and children of Q-1 visa holders.
R-1. Ministers in a religious occupation to work
R-2. Spouses and children of R-1 visa holders.
S-5. People coming to the U.S. to supply information to U.S. authorities about a criminal organization or enterprise.
S-6. People coming to the U.S. to provide information to U.S. authorities relating to Terrorism
T-1. Victims of severe form of trafficking in persons.
T-2, T-3. Spouses and children of victims of trafficking.
P-4 Parent of T-1
TN NAFTA Professional Trade visas for Canadians and Mexicans.
TD Spouse or Child of NAFTA Professional
U-1 Victim of criminal activity. For foreign nationals who have suffered “substantial physical or mental abuse” as a result of certain U.S. criminal violations including domestic violence and who are assisting law enforcement authorities.
U-2, U-3 Spouses and children of U-1 visa holders.
U-4 Parent of U1 under 21 years of age
U-5 Unmarried Sibling under the age of 18 of U-1 under 21 years of age
V-1 Spouse of lawful permanent resident awaiting available visa number
V-2 Child of lawful permanent resident awaiting available visa number
V-3 Child of V-1 or V-2