A nonimmigrant visa is granted to an individual who would like to visit the United States on a temporary visit but does not have plans to stay on a permanent basis. There are more than 20 different types of nonimmigrant visas, and some of the more common reasons that people apply for nonimmigrant visas include tourism, business travel, or studying in an education program.

The length of the visa depends on the specific type of nonimmigrant status applied for, and a family vacation will probably be a shorter visa than a visa to study at a vocational school, for example. When travelers visit the United States, they are required to state when their trip will be concluded, which is where the visa calculations are made.  

It may be necessary to demonstrate strong ties to your home country, such as family or assets, in order to be granted a nonimmigrant visa, particularly if you apply for an extended visa to study a program at a college or university.

An experienced Washington State immigration attorney can provide more information regarding nonimmigrant status, as well as assistance in obtaining a visa.

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