American visas are issued by the state department which includes foreign U.S. embassies and consulates.
There are currently numerous different types of American visas available. These visas are broken down into classifications depending on the length, nature and purpose of your stay in the United States.
Visa extensions are also available for most types of American visas.
- This visa is intended for tourists whor are taking a vacation or holiday to the United States. It also includes individuals who will be receiving medical treatment while in the United States. It allows a visitor to reside the United States for up to ninety days with the possibility of extensions.
- Designed for individuals who are planning to marry an american citizen. It allows the foreign born fiance to come to United States before the wedding has taken place. The couple then has ninety days before the wedding ceremony must occur and the visa expires.
- Reserved for professionals who plan to work in the United States. 65,000 H1-B visas are scheduled to be issued every year although significantly more are often granted. The applicant must have a serious job offer from a U.S. company in order to be considered.
- Non-agricultural workers can be granted this type of visa to work in the U.S. It is granted to people of many trades which are in short supply in America.
- Specifically designed for skilled Canadian and Mexican workers who wish to gain employment in the United States. The applicant must be in an eligible job category in order to apply for this type of visa.
- Students who wish to study in the United States will be granted this type of visa. The visa is usually issued for the duration of your education in the United States. The visa is usually reserved for higher education purposes (college and technical training).
- Commonly issued to individuals who participate in programs offered by schools, businesses and other organizations. These programs offer paid training for a variety of occupations including business, education, summer programs, etc.
The U.S government also sponsors a yearly program know as the the Diversity immigrant visa program. This program uses a lottery system to randomly select individuals for a green card if you reside in an eligible country. Over fifty thousands individuals and their families are selected every year and are granted United States permanent resident cards. To participate in this program you must be born in an eligible country and have minimum education requirements. Eligibility can also be claimed by your parents birth country in specific cases. To find out more about this program please visit US Visa Lottery Program page and take the Eligibility Test.