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Eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa

North Carolina residents may be interested in the availability of visas for nonimmigrants. A foreign national may apply for a nonimmigrant visa for a variety of purposes. There are specific requirements for each, and the individual must meet the criteria.

A foreign national may wish to obtain a visa to work in this country. The types of jobs fit into specific categories. In addition, the immediate family may accompany the worker and live in this country but cannot work.

Under the auspices of the North American Free Trade Agreement, credentialed professionals are able to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. The individual must meet the requirements of a position offered by an employer in the United States.

Workers in certain fields such as religious workers, athletes or entertainers may apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Foreign diplomats and members of the press may also apply. If an individual is providing information about a criminal case to a state or federal agency or court, he or she may be granted a nonimmigrant visa as well. Finally, a foreign national may seek the visa to train in this country when training is unavailable in his or her home country.

Foreign nationals from countries with U.S commerce treaties may apply for nonimmigrant visas as well. If the foreign national is considering investing in or has invested in a business in the United States, he or she may be eligible for the visa. Likewise, if the individual needs to reside here while negotiating a foreign treaty, he or she may fit the visa application criteria.

An individual applying for a nonimmigrant visa may benefit from the insight an attorney may provide. The attorney may offer guidance as to eligibility criteria and assist in filing the necessary paperwork.

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