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Tourist Visas

A Guide to the F-1 Visa for Study in the United States

Written by Jonathan Petts
Written January 18, 2023

One of the primary reasons for visiting the United States is to study. The United States is home to many of the world's most renowned educational institutions. Every year, scholars from all over the world flock to the country to take advantage of the educational opportunities. You will need a nonimmigrant visa to attend a school in the United States if you're not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. This article explains all you should know about the F-1 student visa, including the requirements and application process.

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A Guide to U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated December 7, 2022

If you would like to visit the United States and you're not a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, you will have to get a nonimmigrant visa to make the trip. Nonimmigrant visas are available for different travel reasons, and U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide grant them for a temporary period. This guide explains what U.S. nonimmigrant visas are and who needs to get one. We also describe the different types of U.S. nonimmigrant visas and the application process step by step.

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What Is the Visa Waiver Program?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens from eligible countries to stay in the United States for 90 days without getting a visa. It applies to those traveling for business or tourism. This article will explain how the Visa Waiver Program works, who qualifies for it, and how it compares to a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa. If you qualify, you can save yourself time and money on your trip to the U.S., but you should also be aware of a few drawbacks.

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The USCIS 90-Day Rule

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

It is extremely important to be honest about your intentions when you apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa. Misrepresenting your intentions for traveling to the United States will land you in a lot of trouble with the U.S. government. One of the ways that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirms your travel intent is the 90-day rule. The 90-day rule states that temporary visa holders who marry or apply for a green card within 90 days of arriving in the United States are automatically presumed to have misrepresented their original intentions. This article explains the 90-day rule, including how immigration officials apply it, the consequences of breaking the rule, and how to prove nonimmigrant intent on your U.S. visa application.

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How To Get an I-94 Extension and Extend Your Stay in the U.S.

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 10, 2022

While on a temporary visit to the United States, it is essential to be aware of the terms of your stay. In particular, you should be conscious of your I-94 expiration date. If your I-94 expires before you leave the U.S., you must plan to get an I-94 extension so you don’t break U.S. immigration law. This article explains what the I-94 extension is and how to get one. It also covers what documents are required for an extension and how long it takes for the U.S. government to process your extension request.

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What Is Form I-134: Declaration of Support?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 22, 2022

As part of the U.S. temporary visa application process, you will have to prove to the U.S. government that you can afford to care for yourself while visiting the United States. You can verify this with evidence of your personal funds or have someone vouch for you financially with a declaration of support. They will file the declaration of support using Form I-134. This article explains Form I-134, who can file Form I-134, and which temporary visa applications may benefit from it. It also explains how to file Form I-134 and which supporting documents to include.

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A Guide to Applying for a U.S. Temporary Visa with Form DS-160

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 22, 2022

Form DS-160 is also called the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form. Many people applying for temporary U.S. visa classifications like student visas and fiancé visas will have to file Form DS-160 with the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country to get permission to come to the United States. This article is a guide to Form DS-160. It explains who needs to file the form, the application process, and what happens after filing.

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What Is the R-1 Visa: Nonimmigrant Visa for Religious Workers?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated June 28, 2022

The R visa category allows for foreigners to visit the United States as nonimmigrant religious workers. People who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents may travel on an R visa if they wish to conduct religious work or ceremonies in the United States. This article explains the R-1 visa, which is the main type of R visa. The article also explains who qualifies to apply for the R-1 visa and how to apply for it.

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What Is Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated June 20, 2022

If you’re in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa and you need to stay past your visa’s expiration date, you can apply for an extension using Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. To use Form I-539, you must meet certain eligibility requirements, return the completed form to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and pay a $370 filing fee plus $85 for biometrics. This article explains how to fill out Form I-539 and who is eligible to use it to extend their stay in the United States.

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What is the B-1/B-2 visa?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Written May 30, 2022

The B-1/B-2 visa is a temporary, non-immigrant visa that allows foreigners to travel to the United States for business or tourism purposes. If you're traveling to the United States for a business conference or trip, you'll need a B-1 visa. The B-2 visa, on the other hand, covers tourism, such as vacations or visits with family. This article is a deep dive into the B-1/B-2 visa, explaining the visa requirements, who can apply, how much it costs, and how to apply. The article also answers some commonly asked questions about the B-1/B-2 visa.

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