Always contact the Embassy or Consulate of the United States in your home country for information on all visa matters.
A visa for the United States is a document, a stamp or a sticker in your passport that shows that you are authorized to enter or leave the United States.
A US visa is subjective to permission for entering or leaving the United States from an immigration official at the time of the actual entry into the United States. A visa is
issued by the US embassy or consulate in your home country.
Some persons from certain countries do not require a visa for the United States, such as when certain countries have
reciprocal visa treaty arrangements with the US.
A visa always has various conditions of stay. This can be
-among others- maximum period of stay, the dates of validity, validity for amount of visits, purpose of visit etc.
A visa application in advance at one of the US embassies or consulates around the world gives the government a chance to consider your circumstance, such as reason for
applying, details of previous visits to the United States and financial security.
Sometimes a visa can be applied for through a visa service company which
specialized in the issuance of visas and other international travel documents.
When this is the case the US embassy or consulate in your home country can inform you about the possibilities to use such an authorized visa service company.
In the case that there is no US embassy or consulate in your home country you have to travel to a neighboring country which does
have an embassy or consulate of the United States and try to apply for your visa there.
Sometimes it is also possible to apply per post.
General Visa Information – Not specific to United States
Types of Visa Every country in the world has
different categories of visas and with various different names. The most common names and types of visas include:
Transit visa - This is a
visa for the purpose of passing through a country to a destination outside that country. Validity is usually limited by short.
- A visa for the purpose of short visits or holiday to the host country. There can be different sub catagories such as:
- Private visa, for a
private visits by means of an invitation from residents of the country. - Tourist visa, for the purpose of holiday and leisure travel. - Medical
Visa, for the purpose of medical reasons such as treatment in a hospital in the host country. - Business visa, for the purpose of engaging in
business in the host country.
Long-stay visa - A visa for the purpose longer stays in a country but still finite stays. There can be
different sub catagories such as:
- Student visa, for the purpose of study in the issuing country. - Temporary worker visa, for the purpose of
approved employment in the issuing country. - Journalist visa, for the purpose of the occupation of journalist. - Residence visa, for the
purpose of obtaining long-term residence in the issuing country. - Immigrant visa, for the purpose of immigration to the issuing. - Spousal
visa or partner visa, issued to the spouse, partner or de facto partner of a resident or citizen of the issuing country, to be able to settle as a
couple. - Marriage visa, for the purpose of intended marriage or civil partnership in the issuing country. - Pensioner or Retirement visa, for
the purpose of retiering in the issuing country.
Official visa - This is a visa given too officials doing a job for their government or
representing their home countrie in the issuing country. This can be personnel of diplomatic missions.
- Diplomatic visa for holders of
Visa - Entry and duration period
Visas can be for multiple entries into the host country or for a single-entry.
Single Entry Visa - means the visa is for a single entry and canceled as soon you leaves the said country
Double-entry, or multiple-entry
Visa’s which permits you double or multiple entries into the host country or territory with the same visa.
Some countries sometimes also issue
re-entry permits. A re-entry permit allows you to temporarily leave the country without invalidating your current visa.
In most cases a
business visa will normally not allow you to engage in working in the host country without an additional obtained work permit.
For all specific information on visa matters, please
inquire the consulate or embassy by contacting them directly by email or telephone call.
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