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Entering The United States As a Nonimmigrant
What is the difference between immigrant and nonimmigrant status?
Whereas an "immigrant" is in the country on a permanent resident status, a "nonimmigrant" is a temporary resident. A nonimmigrant temporarily enters the United States for a specific purpose such as business, study or pleasure. The immigration laws place numerical limits on some categories of these workers. Some nonimmigrant visitors come for express purpose of work; others are not allowed to work. FiancÚs and foreign spouses can also enter the United States on a nonimmigrant status.
What do all nonimmigrant visa applications require?
Certain forms are required regardless of whether you are entering the United States as a tourist, businessperson or student. These include:
As with all visas, a visitor visa allows you to travel to a port-of-entry and ask permission from a U.S. Immigration Inspector for entry into the United States.
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