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Temporary Visas (Work, Study, Tourist)

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Under certain circumstances, non-U.S. citizens are permitted to enter the U.S. without a visa (see section on Travel Without a Visa, e.g., Visa Waiver (for visitors), Citizens of Bermuda, Citizens of Canada, Citizens of Mexico, Citizens of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands).

However, unless a non-U.S. citizen qualifies for one of those travel without a visa provisions, the general requirement is that in order for a non-U.S. citizen to work in the United States for any period of time, receive training, or study, or visit the country: he or she must obtain an appropriate temporary visa.

This section discusses the most common types of work visas (Common Work Visas), student visas (Student Visas and Exchange Visitors (J-1)), and visitor visas (Visitor Visas).

Anyone considering the various visa options, should take a look at the List of Temporary Visas and Classifications.

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visitors from Bhutan

help with requirements for travel from Bhutan to USA for visit and possible education.

Visiting from Bhutan

As a general matter, a citizen of Bhutan who wishes to visit the U.S.--such as to visit various schools in order to decide whether to apply to a U.S. school--would need to apply for a "visitor" visa (i.e., B-1/B-2). Applying for this type of visa can involve addressing critical legal issues, such as demonstrating that:

* The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. only temporarily to visit schools, etc.;

* That the individual plans to remain for a specific, limited period; and

* That the individual has a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties which will insure his or her return abroad at the end of the visit.

Because of the complexity of making the necessary showings, many individuals find it is best to retain a U.S. immigration attorney for this purpose. You may wish to contact the sponsor of this site to inquire about their terms for representing you: click here.

Search for H1B Visa Employers

You can search for "H1B Visa Employers" using this database, which was compiled by Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law from government sources. This database identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas in the past, or who have at least started the process by filing for the LCA. If you find an employer you are interested in, you can then contact them to inquire as to whether they have any current job openings in your field. Please tell your friends about this valuable resource.

Use this form to search for H1B Visa employers.

"FMG Friendly" Employers

Foreign Medical Graduates ("FMGs") should be aware that there are "FMG Friendly" employers, and "FMG Unfriendly" employers. This database (compiled by Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law from government sources) identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas for foreign medical graduates in the past (or at least started the process by filing for the LCA), and who can therefore be deemed "FMG Friendly". Please tell your colleagues about this valuable resource.

Use this form to search for "FMG Friendly" employers in a given state.

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