What is a U.S. Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
What Types of Visas Are There?
The type of visa you must obtain is defined by U.S. immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. There are two main categories of U.S. visas:
- Nonimmigrant visas – For travel to the United States on a temporary basis. Learn more.
- Immigrant visas – For travel to live permanently in the United States.Learn more.
Need Help Getting Started?
Many non-U.S. citizens need a visa to enter the United States to visit, work, and live. Why do you want to travel to the United States?