You May Be Interested Statistics on Temporary Visas

Temporary visas are also known as nonimmigrant status visas. Those seeking a temporary visa intend to stay in the United States for a period of time but will return to their homeland at a later date. There are many various types of temporary visas that are available. If you are seeking this status you may be interested to learn some of the statistics on temporary visas.

Temporary Visas Have Been Rising

Data indicates that the number of visas that have been provided has been steadily on the rise since 2011. The report can be found through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. The total number of nonimmigrant visas issued in 2015 was 10,891,745. This includes all temporary status visas including border crossings. Anyone seeking to obtain a temporary visa must meet the specific requirements of that type of classification and submit a completed application along with a fee.

Types of Temporary Visas

There are more than 20 classifications and numerous sub-classifications for temporary U.S. visas. The most common visa requests include those for temporary visitors for work or business, called B-1 or B-2 visas. B-1 and B-2 visas are designed mostly for people who wish to visit the U.S. to visit family members, take a vacation, receive medical treatment, take part in research, attend business meetings, or perform missionary work. Visa applications are usually submitted through the U.S. consulate or embassy located in their country.

Eligibility Requirements for Temporary Visas

Each type of nonimmigrant visa has specific criteria that must be met in order to be eligible to submit an application. Gather the information necessary to ensure that you have all the documents needed before you apply. Generally you must have a current passport and must not be convicted of criminal activity. You will also need to provide documents to prove your reason for entering the United States.

Interviews for Temporary Visa Applicants

Generally, applicants seeking a temporary visa are required to complete an interview. It is important to note that interviews may not be necessary for children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 79. Additionally, some renewals may not require interviews. An interview must be scheduled and there may be wait times depending on the current USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services workload.

The immigration process can be lengthy and difficult. If you need help with a visa for yourself or your family members, contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC for a consultation.

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