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Nonimmigrant Visas

If you are traveling to the United States to visit, work or study for a temporary period you will find the following information useful.  The type of visa you require will depend on the reason for your travel.

Who needs a visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement, or whose registration has been denied under ESTA.  This includes travelers who are in transit through the United States to another country.  Please note: We recommend that travelers who have been arrested and/or convicted of an offense apply for a visa.  The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply for U.S. visa law. 

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Many travelers seeking to enter the United States for business or tourism (B-1/B-2 visa), or in transit (C-1) for less than 90 days are eligible to travel to the United States visa free under the VWP.   If you have yet to determine your eligibility to travel visa free, our visa wizard can help you decide.

Applying for a Visa 

With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant visa applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to apply for a visa in person through a pre-arranged appointment.  If you are under 14 or 80 and over, you may not be required to attend in person and should click here for further information.  Please note if you hold a valid visa you are not required to wait until it expires before applying for a new one.  

If you wish to apply for a visa, you should click here for further detailed information. 

NIV Frequently Asked Questions

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  • DHS TRIP website

    DHS TRIP is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hubs--like airports and train stations--or crossing U.S. borders, including:

      • denied or delayed airline boarding
      • denied or delayed entry into and exit
        from the U.S. at a port of entry
        or border checkpoint
      • continuously referred to additional (secondary) screening

    Further information is available from the DHS website at