Understanding non-immigrant visas

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2022 | Visas |

Although many people enter the United States from other countries for the purpose of living permanently in the country, not everyone plans to spend very long. Those visiting the U.S. for specific reasons may apply for a non-immigrant visa.

Not everyone entering the U.S. from another country needs to have a non-immigrant visa, but for those who do, there is some advice as to how to improve the chances of approval.

The basis for a non-immigrant visa

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the issuance of non-immigrant visas occurs for foreign nationals visiting the country temporarily. Some of the reasons include tourism, business, temporary work, school and medical treatment. A B-1 non-immigrant visa is generally for those entering the U.S. for business, while the B-2 visa is for those entering for tourism.

Visa Waiver Program

Citizens from certain countries do not necessarily need to apply for a non-immigrant visa, as long as they meet all the requirements and are not staying in the U.S. for longer than 90 days. Those planning on traveling without a visa must receive authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization before boarding a sea or air carrier bound for the U.S.

Tips to help improve chances of visa approval

There are certain reasons for non-immigrant visa denial, and The University of Pittsburgh Office of International Services offers some advice for applicants. One of the biggest reasons for denial is there is not enough proof that demonstrates the applicant plans on returning to the home country.

To counter this, the applicant should include as many ties, such as a career, investments, family or educational objectives, to home as possible. Those here for educational reasons should be able to explain how it relates to a professional career back home.

Applicants should prepare to speak for themselves and in English during the entrance interview. They should also be brief, as most interviews last for only two or three minutes.