Type Q Visa for the USA - ESTAForm.org

Type Q Visa

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The Q-1 visa is for foreign nationals taking part in a cultural exchange program in the US. This enables people to enter the US to provide practical training and sharing the history, culture and traditions of a country with the US. The main purpose is to educate people in the US regarding international cultures from around the world. This type of visa is quite rare, with around 2,000 being issued each year.
For a Q visa to be granted, the employer must administer cultural exchange programs and they will apply for the Form I-129 petition for the foreign national. The person applying for the Q visa must be qualified to provide the service/training under the cultural exchange program.
The employer will be required to provide evidence that they are an established organization that maintains an international cultural exchange program, including evidence that demonstrates that the activities are available for sharing with the American public. The USCIS office will require evidence such as brochures or other material that provides information regarding the cultural component of the program and what the training will include.
If the Form I-129 is approved then the worker will have an appointment at their US Embassy to progress their application. The visa will be approved for the length of the training and no longer than fifteen months in total.
Dependents of Q visa holders
There is no spouse/ children under 21 visa linked to the Q visa. If spouses or children wish to travel then they will require another form of visa. The ESTA visa may be an option if they are looking to visit the US for a shorter period than 90 days, so this could be ideal for most families if the cultural exchange program is relatively short, or if they are just visiting for a short period.
If they want to stay for longer than the ESTA allows, or they are not eligible for ESTA then there may be other visa options such as a student visa or the tourist visa (B-2).

Other Visas


H-2A for seasonal agricultural workers

The H-2A visa is available specifically for foreign nationals to take on seasonal agricultural work. This type of visa is only applicable for temporary and seasonal work and not long-term work. Typically, it can be difficult for employers to fill their vacancies for this type of work, particularly given the short-term nature of it, so it is often in their interests to employ foreign nationals to perform the duties due to higher levels of availability.

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L-2 for dependents

The L-2 visa is for dependents of L1 visa holders. The L-1 visa is available for ompany transfers where an employee moves from an office in another country to work at the US office.

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B-2 for pleasure or for medical treatment

The B-2 visa enables tourists to enter the US, where an ESTA is not applicable either because the applicant is not from one the Visa Waiver Program countries, or because their intended trip is for longer than the duration limit of the ESTA (90 days). The B2 visa is often referred to as the tourist visa USA and can also be used for travellers that are going to the US to receive medical treatment.

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