A nonimmigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the U.S. who is not eligible to travel without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, or is not exempt from the visa requirement.
Nonimmigrant visas cover visits for tourism, business, work or study.
With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant visa applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. consular officer. The Consulate does not accept walk-in applications. Applicants under the age of 14 or those aged 80 or over are generally not required to appear in person and may apply for a visa by mail.
Visa Categories & How to Apply for a Visa
For information about all the different nonimmigrant visa categories and about the visa application process, refer to How to Apply for a Visa.
New J-1 Visa website
01 June 2011
New J-1 Exchange Visa website launched at j1visa.state.gov