Visa process

In American Explorer Academy, we help you fill the documents to get your visa as a student or as a visitor. Take into account that we don’t have any relation with the US Embassy, and it is not our decision to give you or not a visa to enter to The United States.

The chart below contains many different purposes of temporary travel and the related nonimmigrant visa categories available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:

Purpose of TravelVisa CategoryRequired: Before applying for visa*
Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only)B-1(NA)
Au pair (exchange visitor)JSEVIS
Australian professional specialtyE-3DOL
Border Crossing Card: MexicoBCC(NA)
Business visitorB-1(NA)
CNMI-only transitional workerCW-1(USCIS)
CrewmemberD(NA)
Diplomat or foreign government officialA (NA)
Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employerB-1(NA)
Employee of a designated international organization or NATO  G1-G5, NATO(NA)
Exchange visitorJSEVIS
Foreign military personnel stationed in the United StatesA-2
NATO1-6
(NA)
Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or AthleticsOUSCIS
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional:
Chile, Singapore
H-1B1 – Chile
H-1B1 – Singapore
DOL
International cultural exchange visitorQUSCIS
Intra-company transfereeLUSCIS
Medical treatment, visitor forB-2(NA)
Media, journalistI(NA)
NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, CanadaTN/TD(NA)
Performing athlete, artist, entertainerPUSCIS
PhysicianJ , H-1BSEVIS
Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)JSEVIS
Religious workerRUSCIS
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledgeH-1BDOL then USCIS
Student: academic, vocationalF, MSEVIS
Temporary agricultural workerH-2ADOL then USCIS
Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.H-2BDOL then USCIS
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitorB-2(NA)
Training in a program not primarily for employmentH-3USCIS
Treaty trader/treaty investorE(NA)
Transiting the United StatesC(NA)
Victim of Criminal ActivityUUSCIS
Victim of Human TraffickingTUSCIS
Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)V(NA)
Renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO Visas (NA)

*What the abbreviations above mean – Before applying for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the following is required:

  • DOL = The U.S. employer must obtain foreign labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, prior to filing a petition with USCIS.
  • USCIS = U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of a petition or application (The required petition or application depends on the visa category you plan to apply for.)
  • SEVIS = Program approval entered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • (NA) = Not Applicable – Additional approval by another U.S. government agency is not required prior to applying for a visa

Important Notes:

  • About this chart – It is not a complete list of all travel purposes for the visa category. Select a visa category webpage for more information. The chart lists almost all nonimmigrant visa categories, with the exception of several not listed above. Refer to the Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 402.1 for all nonimmigrant visa categories.
  • Canadian NAFTA Professional workers – A visa not required; apply to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at border port of entry.
  • K nonimmigrant visas – For U.S. citizen fiancé(e) and spouse for immigration related purposes. Refer to Immigrant Visa Categories.