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To work in the United States temporarily as a lawful nonimmigrant, temporary workers must qualify for the available visa category based on the planned employment purpose. The steps in the process before applying for a visa vary. Review the employment groupings and categories below.

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For approved petition-based temporary employment in the United States.


For certain teachers, professors, summer work travel, and other exchange participants, accepted for approved programs.


For members of the foreign media, press, and radio.


Trade Treaty

For executives, managers, and essential workers of qualified companies from treaty countries, who qualify to conduct treaty-based trade or investment in the United States.


Traveling to the United States for another reason?