Non-work visas in the United States, also known as non-immigrant visas, allow foreign individuals to enter and stay in the US temporarily for various purposes other than employment. The U.S. offers a range of non-work visa categories to accommodate different activities and intentions. Here are some common types of non-work visas in the United States:
The B-1 visa is for individuals traveling to the U.S. for business-related activities, such as attending meetings, conferences, or negotiating contracts. It does not permit actual employment within the U.S., but rather allows for temporary business visits.
The B-2 visa is for individuals visiting the U.S. for tourism, vacations, medical treatment, or visits to family and friends. It allows for a temporary stay for leisure purposes, with a typical duration of up to six months.
The F-1 visa is for individuals pursuing academic studies at a U.S. educational institution. It requires proof of acceptance from a recognized educational institution and allows for the duration of the academic program, including optional practical training after completion.
The J-1 visa is for individuals participating in approved exchange programs, including research, teaching, training, and cultural exchange programs. These visas often require sponsorship by an approved organization and have specific requirements and limitations based on the specific program.
The K-1 visa is for foreign individuals engaged to U.S. citizens and planning to get married in the United States. It allows the individual to enter the U.S. for a specified period to complete the marriage process.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system that allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. for short stays (up to 90 days) without a visa. It is available for citizens of participating countries who meet specific requirements.