US Visa Categories

The correct US visa category is important to all US visa applicants. There are lots of US visas to choose from and costs vary according to the visa category. It is important that all non-immigrant visa applicants choose the visa category that best suits their needs and qualifications. The table below lists the US visa categories along with a brief description, document requirements and costs. Visa fees were raised by the Department of State on June 4 2010.

Definitions of Required Documentation

DOL: For this category of visa, the U.S. employer has to get a foreign labor certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor, before filing a petition with USCIS.

USCIS: The DOL labor petition has to be approved by DHS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

SEVIS: All student and exchange visitors must have a receipt from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which shows program approval for their course of study.

 US Visa Categories

Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas

Visa Type

Required: Before Applying for Visa*

 

Cost in UD Dollars

Athletes, amateur & professional (compete for prize money only)

B-1

(NA)

140

Au pairs (exchange visitor)

J

SEVIS

140

Australian professional specialty

E-3

DOL

390

Border Crossing Card: Mexico

BCC

(NA)

140

Business visitors

B-1

(NA)

140

Crewmembers

D

(NA)

140

Diplomats and foreign government officials

A

(NA)

No fee

Domestic employees or nanny -must be accompanying a foreign national employer

 B-1

(NA)

140

Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO

 G1-G5, NATO

(NA)

No fee

Exchange visitors

J

SEVIS

140

Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S.

A-2
NATO1-6

(NA)

No fee

Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics

O

USCIS

150

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professionals: Chile, Singapore

H-1B1

DOL

150

International cultural exchange visitors

Q

USCIS

150

Intra-company transferees

L

USCIS

150

Medical treatment, visitors for

B-2

(NA)

140

Media, journalists

I

(NA)

140

NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada

TN/TD

(NA)

140

Nurses coming to health professional shortage areas

H1-C

USCIS

150

Performing athletes, artists, entertainers

P

USCIS

150

Physician

J, H-1B

SEVIS

150

Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)

J

SEVIS

140

Religious workers

R

(USCIS)

150

Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge

H-1B

DOL then USCIS

150

Students: academic, vocational

F, M

SEVIS

140

Temporary agricultural workers

H-2A

DOL then USCIS

150

Temporary workers performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.

H-2B

DOL then USCIS

150

Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors

B2

(NA)

140

Training in a program not primarily for employment

H-3

USCIS

150

Treaty traders/treaty investors

E

(NA)

390

Transiting the United States

C

(NA)

140

 

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