A1: Ambassador, Diplomat or Consul

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous U.S. visas.
Original diplomatic note from employing Embassy, describing the nature of work and
length of stay in the U.S.

A2: Other Foreign Government Official:

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous U.S. visas.
Original diplomatic note from employing Embassy, describing the nature of work and
length of stay in the U.S.

A3: Personal Employee of A1/A2

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous U.S. visas.
Original diplomatic note from employing Embassy, describing the nature of work and
length of stay in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside of U.S. which they have no intentions of
abandoning.

B1: Visitor for Business

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in a country outside U.S. which they have no intention of
abandoning.
Evidence which shows purpose of trip.
Domestic Employees accompanying or following to join employers in order to perform
their duties in the U.S. must present a copy of their employment contract(s) and proof of
a minimum of one year of employment with that employer as a domestic employee.

B2: Visitor for Pleasure

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in a country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.
Evidence which show the purpose of trip.

C1: Alien in Transit

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Travel itinerary.
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence outside the U.S. which have no intentions of abandoning.

C1/D: Alien Crewman in Transit

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Letter/contract from employing company stating the length of work and if possible,
places of entry into U.S.
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside U.S. which have no intentions of abandoning.

C2: Alien in Transit - United Nations

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Original diplomatic note from employing Embassy / International Organization,
describing the nature of work and length of stay in the U.S.
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Airline tickets or travel itinerary.
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence outside the U.S. which you have no intentions of abandoning.

C3: Transit - Foreign Official/Family

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Original diplomatic note from employing Embassy / International Organization,
describing the nature of work and length of stay in the U.S.
Airline tickets or travel itinerary.

D: Crew Member (Ship or Aircraft Crew)

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Letter/contract from employing company stating the length of work and if possible,
places of entry into U.S.
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence outside the U.S. which you have no intentions of abandoning.

E1 Treaty Trader / E2 Treaty Investor

This visa category is extremely complex. The spouse and children of the E-Treaty Trader or
Treaty Investor are granted E status just like the principal. The spouses of E-visa holders
are authorized employment with an "employment authorized" endorsement from the
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

F1: Student

DS-156 (application form).
DS-158 (contact information and work history).
USCIS Form I-20
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.
IMPORTANT:
SEVIS Fees and the 30-day Policy

F2: Spouse/Child of OF F-1

DS-156 (application form).
DS-158 (contact information and work history).
USCIS Form I-20
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicants (F-1) documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant (original or certified copy - if English
translation, must be a certified translation).
IMPORTANT:
SEVIS Fees and the 30-day Policy

G1: Permanent Representative to International Organization

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Original letter/employment contract from the employing International Organization
describing nature of work and length of stay in U.S.

G2: Temporary Representative to International Organization

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Original letter/employment contract from the employing International Organization
describing nature of work and length of stay in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside of U.S.

G3: Representative Nonrec/Member to International Organization

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Original letter/employment contract from the employing International Organization
describing nature of work and length of stay in U.S.

G4: Employee of International Organization and Family

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original letter/contract from the employing International Organization,describing the
nature of work and length of stay in U.S.
Bronner letter.
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside U.S.
Proof of previous status in the U.S.

G5: Personal Employee of G-1/2/3/4

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original letter/employment contract from the employing International Organization
describing nature of work and length of stay in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside of U.S.

H1: Temporary Worker of Distinguished Merit and Ability

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable)
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must be original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and /or work experience
is solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H1A: Nurses (Temporary)

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and /or work experience
is solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H1B: Distinguished Merit (Other than Nurse)

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and/or work experience is
solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H2: Temporary Worker Performing Agricultural Services

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable)
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and /or work experience
is solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H2A: Temporary Agricultural Worker

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and /or work experience
is solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H2B: Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and /or work experience
is solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H3: Trainee

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable)
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslip.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Copy of approved LCA if applicable.
If previously under J-1 in U.S. applicant needs waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule.
Evidence of qualifications must original or certified copy. Consular officers in Canada
may refuse to issue a visa to H-1B applicants if their education and/or work experience is
solely or predominantly from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

H4: Spouse/Child of H-1A/1B/2A/2B/3

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
Proof of legal status in Canada: original or certified copy.
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant (must be original or certified copy -
if English translation, must be a certified translation.).

I: Foreign Information Media and Family

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in a country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.
Employment letter stating qualifications as a foreign journalist and intended length of
stay.
If applicant is freelance journalist, a valid contract will be required.

J1: Exchange Visitor

DS-156 (application form).
DS-158 (contact information and work history).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
DS-2019
For Interns and Trainees: Form DS-7002
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside U.S. which have no intentions of abandoning.


J2: Spouse/Child of J1

DS-156 (application form).
DS-158 (contact information and work history).
DS-2019
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant, (must be original or certified copy -
if English translation, must be certified translation).

L1: Inter-Company Transferee (Executive, Manager)

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Recent paystub/payslips.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Proof applicant employed 1 out of 3 years abroad by the employer in an executive,
managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity.
Proof employer abroad still exists.
Waiver of 2 year foreign residence rule if previously under J1 status.

Blanket L Petition

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Letter from employer stating position.
I-129 (3 copies).
Proof of qualifications to do job.
$500 fraud prevention and detection fee - effective March 8, 2005

L2: Spouse/Child of L-1

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant (must be original or certified copy -
if English translation, must be a certified translation).
The spouses of L visa holders - but not their dependent children - are authorized
employment with an "employment authorized" endorsement from the Bureau of
Citizenship and Immigration Services.

M1: Visitor for Vocational/Technical Training

DS-156 (application form).
DS-158(contact information and work history).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
USCIS Form I-20
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside U.S. which have no intentions of abandoning.

M2: Spouse/Child of M-1

DS-156 (application form).
DS-158 (contact information and work history).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant, (must be original or certified copy -
if English translation, must be a certified translation).

O1: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.

O2: Alien Accompanying O-1 Alien

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.

O3: Spouse/Child of O-1 or O-2 Alien

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to the main dependent, (must be original or certified
copy - if English translation, must be a certified translation).

P1: Athlete - Specific Event

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Evidence of qualifications, must be original or certified copy.
Proof of ties/residence in a country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.

P2: Artist - Reciprocal Exchange

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Evidence of qualifications, must be original or certified copy.
Proof of ties/residence in a country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.

P3: Culturally Unique Artist

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.
Current employment letter indicating the nature of work, duration and salary.
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S.
Evidence of qualifications, must be original or certified copy.
Proof of ties/residence in a country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.

P4: Spouse/Child of P-1, P-2, or P-3

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable visa application fee.
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant, (must be original or certified copy -
if English translation, must be a certified translation).

Q1: International Cultural Exchange

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Copy of I-129 petition completed by employer and filed with D.H.S. Q attachment.
Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in U.S.
Proof of ties/residence in country outside the U.S. which have no intentions of
abandoning.
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.

Q2: Spouse/Child of Q-1 Alien

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Main applicant's documents (copy).
Proof of dependent's relationship to main applicant, (must be original or certified copy -
if English translation, must be a certified translation).
Main applicant's documents (copy).

R1: Alien in Religious Occupation

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Proof of membership in the religious organization.
Proof of the organization's tax exempt status.
Letter from the organization describing the nature of the employment and length of
intended stay in the U.S.
Applicant must demonstrate they have work experience in their home country with the
same religious organization they will represent in U.S.
Copy of I-129 Petition completed by sponsor and filed with DHS.
Original or copy of Notice of Approval Form I-797A or I-797B.

R2: Spouse/Child of R-1 Alien

DS-156 (application form).
Valid Passport (at least 6 months).
One passport-size photo.
Older passports containing previous visas.
Documents substantiating previous legal status in U.S.
Non-refundable U.S. Visa Application Fee
Reciprocity fee (if applicable).
Proof of membership in the religious organization.
Proof of the organization's tax exempt status.
Letter from the organization describing the nature of the employment and length of
intended stay in the U.S.
Applicant must demonstrate they have work experience in their home country with the
same religious organization they will represent in U.S.
Main applicant's documents (copy).

TN: NAFTA Professional

The visa category "Professionals Under the North American Free Trade Agreement" is
available only to citizens of Canada and Mexico, under the terms of the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Spouses and dependent (minor) children do not need to
be Canadian or Mexican citizens.
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