There are two types of visitor visas: business visas (B-1) and tourist visas (B-2). The B-1 visa may be appropriate in the case where the individual wishes to travel to meet with business associates, negotiate contracts, litigate or attend a business/professional convention. An individual may be granted a B-2 visa if he/she is traveling to the United States for pleasure or medical treatment.
There are several categories of visas for individuals who wish to work in the United States. The H-1B visas are for individuals in a specialty occupation that generally requires a bachelor’s degree. The L visa is available for foreign companies with a business presence in the U.S. who intend to transfer employees to the U.S. for a limited period of time in a managerial, executive or specialized knowledge capacity. The O-1 visa is open to individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. Professionals from Mexico have the option of working in the United States as a NAFTA Professional under the TN visa. Canadian professionals also qualify as NAFTA Professionals and normally do not need to apply for a visa.
Treaty & Investor Visa
A national of a country which the United States holds a treaty of commerce and navigation may enter the U.S. to carry on substantial trade between the United States and the treaty country (E-1), or to develop and direct a business in which the national has invested or investing (E-2).
Non-Immigrant Visas Include: