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Understanding the purpose of nonimmigrant visas

Recently, this blog discussed the topic of nonimmigrant visas regarding permanent employment in Miami and other areas of the country. However, there are many other types of nonimmigrant visas that our lawyers at Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., are often asked about.

What does it mean to be a nonimmigrant? This status describes those who enter the country on a temporary basis without the intent to live here permanently. For example, you might come to the United States on vacation, to visit loved ones or to seek medical treatment. You might live in Florida for a year as a high school exchange student, or attend a university or vocational school full-time for several years. If you compete in a sport or musical performance on an unpaid basis, or if you are in a professional band on tour in the U.S., you would need a certain type of visa before you enter the country.

According to the United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, nonimmigrant visas have many different titles and specifications, depending on the purpose for your visit. Also, these visas have varying durations for which they are valid. During the application and interview process, you would need to supply documentation supporting your ability to fund your stay in the U.S., as well as proof of a home address that you intend to return to in your own country after your stay.

Learn more about the different ways of legally entering the United States by visiting our page on visas.

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