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The Timeline of Non-Immigrant Visas

A non-immigrant visa is a travel document issued to a permanent resident of another country who wishes to stay in the United States provisionally, for reasons like medical treatment, tourism, business, short-term work, or temporary schooling. The umbrella of non-immigrant visa contains over 30 categories, but a H-1B work permit is the most common variety. These visas can remain valid for 7-10 years, depending on an individual’s nationality. Non-immigrant visas also allow a traveler to leave and re-enter the United States multiple times. Each specific visit can last between six months and one year. En español

How Do I Obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa?

To be considered, applicants must fill out a DS-160 form, pay an associated fee, and schedule an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Applicants must bring proper documentation to their interview, such as a passport, photo ID, DS-160 confirmation form, or proof of their visa payment. After their interview, applicants will be put under oath and have their fingerprints recorded. If an applicant’s materials are processed successfully, they can become eligible to receive their visa.

Non-Immigrant Visas During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the spread of the dangerous global pandemic, the State Department suspended routine visa services. However, the government continued to provide emergency visa processing. On June 22, 2020, former President Trump signed an order that temporarily barred immigrants seeking employment from entering the country.

Restarting Non-Immigrant Visa Processing

The U.S is currently attempting to resume normal visa processing, and student visas are a high priority. Students from countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, such as India, are even being considered. However, it is unclear how students from high-risk countries will fare in the already-intense visa application process.

Several other groups are also being considered high priority. Fiancée/family-sponsored applicants, individuals who have not been interviewed, people with extenuating circumstances, and those who were rejected by presidential proclamations 9645 and 9983 are being pushed towards the top of the list.

Learn More About Non-Immigrant Visas Today

Applying for a visa is a complicated process, and the global pandemic only made matters more difficult. Initial visa applicants may face rejection even after bringing all the required documents and payment. A skilled lawyer at our firm could outline the process, help you collect any necessary paperwork, and assist with filing an application. Call our team today for help.

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