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Educate yourself: Understanding different types US migrant and non-immigrant Visas

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There are different US Visa Types which a person who wants to visit the United States can apply for. In principle, there are two general categories of U.S Visas: US Non Immigrant Visa and US Immigrant Visa.

What is a Non immigrant Visa? The United States legal system defines a non-immigrant USA visa as a temporary stay in the country. This means that you will visit the U.S for a short period of time, for reasons such as tourism, business, and others, but will not stay there permanently.

Those who want to permanently move to the United States to live and work there, need to apply for the U.S Immigrant Visa.

Non immigrant Visa Types

The category of non immigrant US visa has several types. Which type of visa you need to apply for is based on the purpose of your visit, so whether you are going to the U.S for business, as a student, for tourism, or others.

Below is the list of visa types as well as the purpose of visit for each one, which determines the one you should apply for:

  • A Visa – Diplomats and Foreign Government Officials. The A visa is for diplomats or foreign government officials who are travelling to the U.S on official duties or representing their government. The only person who can enter the United States for any purpose of the visit is the Head of State or Government such as the President or the Prime Minister, for example.
  • A-2 – NATO1-6 Visa. The A-2 NATO1-6 visa is designed only for foreign military personnel who are about to serve or be stationed within the United States.
  • B-1 Visa – Temporary Business Visa. The B-1 visa could be granted to those who want to enter the U.S for amateur or professional athletes, domestic employees/nannies or for business purposes such as:
    • Attending conferences or conventions in their field
    • Negotiate contracts
    • Consult with associates
    • Settle estates
  • B-2 Visa for Tourism. B-2 visas are given to people for the following reasons:
    • Medical Treatment
    • Tourism and vacations
    • Visits to relatives or friends
    • Enrollment in short non-credit bearing courses (not for official degrees)
    • Participation in music, sport, or social events, if they do not receive payments from them.
  • BCC Visa – Border Crossing Card. A BCC visa only applies to Mexican citizens. It is a laminated card which allows Mexican citizens to enter the U.S.
  • When it is granted, it is usually valid for 10 years, but you must have a valid Mexican passport to apply for it.
  • C Visa – Transit Visa. The C Visa is a US transit visa. This means that you are passing through the U.S, but your final destination is in another location. If you are passing through the U.S, but want to stop for a layover to see friends, family, or visit places, you will not be allowed to do so with a C visa, but will need the appropriate visa for those purposes. People who have a B-type Visa and those whose visa is waived are also allowed to transit through the U.S.
  • CW-1 Visa – CNMI Work Visa. Employers from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) can apply for CW-1 visas to be able to employ foreign workers who do not necessarily fit into other employment visa categories.
  • The employees who are granted a visa for this purpose are termed as CNMI-only transitional workers.
  • D Visa for crew members. The D visa is for crew members who will work on a sea vessel or international airline in the United States and they need the visa to be able to operate within the country.
  • E Visas – E1 Treaty Trader and E2 Treaty Investor Visas. The E visas are for those who have treaties of commerce and navigation in the U.S. There are two reasons why you can apply for this visa:
    • Engage in trade of technology or other activities between the U.S and the treaty country.
    • Direct operations of a company in which you have invested capital.
  • E-3 Visa – Work Visa for Australian nationals. E-3 visas are only for nationals of Australia who will be working in specialty occupations. If a person from Australia qualifies for an E-3 visa, then so does the spouse and the children; however, for the spouse, a marriage certificate should be presented.
  • F and M Visas for students. The F and M visas are for academic and vocational purposes. Depending on your school and your field of study, you will have to get either the F-1 visa or the M-1 visa.
  • G1-G5 NATO Visas. If you have been employed in an international organization in the United States, you will need to get a G-1 to G-5 visa. Those who will work for NATO, will get the NATO visa.
  • H-1B Visa for employees in highly specialized fields. H-1B visas are for persons who have been employed in highly specialized fields. This means that they have an advanced degree or a job that cannot necessarily be done without having extensive training.
  • H-1B1 Visa for Chile and Singapore nationals. Based on the U.S Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Chile and Singapore, the H-1B1 visa allows these nationals to live and work temporarily in the U.S. They can also be accompanied by their spouse and dependent children.
  • H-2A Visa for agricultural workers. The H-2A visa is granted to temporary agricultural workers from selected countries in whom the U.S has some type of interest.
  • H-2B Visa for temporary non-agricultural workers. Whereas the H-2A is for temporary agricultural workers, the H-2B visa is given to other types of temporary seasonal workers, who do non-agricultural work.
  • Similar to the H-2A, it is only granted to individuals if they are of interest to the U.S and only for selected countries.
  • H-3 Visa for training oppotunities. The U.S has unique education and training opportunities that might not be found in other countries. For those who want to take advantage of these training and education opportunities which are not counted towards an academic degree, the H-3 visa needs to be obtained.
  • I Visa for journalists. The I visa is for representatives of foreign media and journalists part of the press, film, radio, or print industries, who are visiting the U.S to work or participate in educational media activities.
  • J Visa for exchange visitors. The J visa is targeted to exchange visitors. These include:
    • Au pairs
    • Temporary Scholars
    • Teachers and Professors
    • Students
    • Interns and Summer Work and Travel
  • L Visa – Intracompany Transferee Visa. If the company you work for has a branch in the U.S and you want to transfer there, you will need an L1 visa. It is called an intra-company transfer visa, and the condition is that you must have been employed at that company for at least 1 year within the past 3 years.
  • O Visa for persons with extraordinary abilities. People who have what is called an extraordinary ability in Arts, Science, Business, Education, or Athletics and want to temporarily work in their field of expertise need an O1 visa. To get this type of visa, these people have to be essential to the provision of services in their area of expertise.
  • P Visa for athletes, entertainers and artists. There are three types of P visas:
    • P-1 – is for individual or team athletes or members of entertainment groups
    • P-2 – is for artists of entertainers that will perform in the U.S as individuals or in a group
    • P-3 – is for artists and entertainers who will perform, teach, or coach in the U.S. as individuals or in a group
  • Q Visa for cultural exchange program. Q Visas are for people who are visiting the U.S as part of an international cultural exchange program. This means that they will share their history, culture, and tradition in the U.S.
  • This visa is also for those who will do some type of practical training and employment within the U.S.
  • R Visa for temporary religious workers. Temporary Religious Workers who want to practice within the U.S in religious capacities need to get the R visa type.
  • T Visa for victims of human trafficking. T visas are for victims of human trafficking who have severe trauma, but can also assist in investigating crimes related to human trafficking.
  • TN/TD Visas for Canada and Mexico citizens who work in NAFTA. TN/TD visas are for citizens of Canada or Mexico who will be working in the NAFTA organization. The visa is not for permanent residents of Canada or Mexico.
  • V Visa for family unity. The V visa allows families who are in the process of waiting for the completion of their immigration process, to be reunited with their family in the U.S.
  • U Visa for crime victims. Those who have been a victim of certain criminal activities and that can aid in the investigation or prosecution of those criminals, are eligible to apply for the U visa.

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The 5 things you need to know about H-1B work visa

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BY BOB MWITI

Those very keen on relocating to US on a work visa, or those that are already here in the US on student visa, probably know a thing or two about H1B-visa, but there is quite a very good number of people who do not know anything about this visa that could allow one to live and work here in the US if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

After I graduated from college here in the US, I was able to get a H1B visa before finally becoming a permanent resident. So when I talk about H1B visa, I talk as someone who has gone through the whole process. It can be a bumpy ride, but with determination, you should be able to get there.

So in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I give you 5 things you need to know about H1B work visa.Enjoy!.If you like my work, please subscribe to my youtube channel for more content about living and working in the United States Of America.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

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The 5 must do things when you start looking for an IT consulting job

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BY BOB MWITI

Well, well, well, IT consulting is one of the most lucrative careers across the world. Consulting gigs usually command a six figure salary, but also they come with a lot of high expectations to deliver the project to the client.

Here in America, this Industry is saturated by Indians and it is the high time people from motherland explore the abundant opportunities.If you are out there and you want to get into the tech consulting world, these are the five must do things as you start looking for that project.Enjoy the show.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

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My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

 

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The tribulations in the quest to get a visa! – My story!!😭😭🤭🤭🤭

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BY BOB MWITI
“Ita naria Nkoma!!!This is the Greek way of saying “You are a devil, go away!! ..as in Saitaan! This was the expletive I hurled onto an old lady at the British High Commission in Upper hill, Nairobi about 19 years ago after my dream of setting my foot in the United Kingdom was shattered!
I was brought up as a real “gatombeko” Pentecostal adherent , and my grandparents never allowed me to say such words!….but on this day, I just could not hold it and with my mouth trembling, I gave the lady a piece of that nasty imprecation! It made me feel relieved!…lol!
If you have faced any visa denial, you know the feeling!!
In this episode, I am about to take you through unenviable experience I went through at the British High Commission, on my journey of about 8 years trying to get out of Kenya.
Take your seat and let’s roll!
But before we get on to this story, go and follow my official Facebook page Bob Mwiti and my Youtube Channel by the same name.
On those 2 platforms I share a lot of information about my life experiences about studying, living and working in the united states of America. Please feel free to like and hit the subscribe button on both!
Now back to my story!
In early 2002, after spending sleepless nights in the last year of high school studying like crazy, sleeping at midnight & waking up at 4am, I managed to score well in the 2001 KCSE to secure a place at the University of Nairobi’s Bachelor Of Science program at Chiromo Campus.
However, I was not really interested in pursuing that course, because during my last year in high school, I had been introduced to the “majuu life” by none other than my biological father, who lived and worked in the United Kingdom, but whom I had never met face-to face by that time. A story for another day!
I grew up with my grandparents in the village, on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya at a place best known for farming of a plant famous for its cathinone effect-a monoamine alkaloid found in the shrub Catha edulis (khat) or Miraa.
Anyways, my KCSE mean grade was also enough to land me a software engineering degree course at the London School Of Management. ..and you know what?…this was really where my heart was!.
Every day, I kept dreaming of how I would leave Kenya and enter the land of the Queen! Most of my high school classmates knew that I was on my way to England because I never stopped talking about it!.
To me It was Just a matter of time!…..but you know what?..Saitani ni nani?…he had other ideas!!…little did I know that he was about to unleash pain on me for the next 8 years!
In order to study in the United Kingdom, I was faced with the challenge of convincing the visa officer that I was qualified for a British student visa.
I prayed hard, fasted, and hoped that the outcome would be favorable. To attend a visa interview, those days there used to be no appointment booking at the embassy. So, It was on a first to come, first to be served basis.
In the company of my uncle, one Sunday afternoon, we left Meru onboard Kensilver express to attend the much-awaited student visa interview.
To calm my nerves, we bought some Miraa that were to be chewed throughout the journey. Off we left for the city under the sun.
We arrived in Nairobi late that evening and headed to my uncle’s friend’s place in Githurai 44 where we spent the night, before waking up at 4am the following day to attend the interview at the BHC offices in upper hill Nairobi.
We were at BHC by 6am, but to our surprise, a throng was already queueing! We immediately knew there was no chance for an interview that day.
The BHC used to interview less than 20 people a day between 9-11 am and out of those 20, less than 5 would actually get the visa😆😆..So those were the odds that we were dealing with!!
Unsurprisingly, that day I never got a chance to interview…After talking to a few people, we were told that those that got the chance to be in the front line that day had spent the previous night outside the British high commission offices…Yes, they had spent the whole freaking night at the embassy!.
So I told my Uncle, you know what!…”tunalala hapa hata sisi, kwani iko nene?” …with a pure murume attitude!! ..lol.. Repeat after me! ..”Kwa-ni I-ko ne-ne??”
After thinking about it, My Uncle reluctantly agreed we spend the night there. What a long night!…Baridi nayo?…Wah! …It was a long night of extreme cold and sure enough a lot of other people were spending the night out there as well.
Initially we had camped right outside the gate, but security at the high commission decided to keep us away from the BHC vicinity as we “posed a security threat” and we were pushed to stay further up on Mara road which joins upper hill road at entrance of the BHC.
After braving the cold night, early in the morning at 4 am, we went and queued in front of the BHC in the hope of getting picked that day!
So, ladies and gentlemen, on this 2nd day, everything was going well and I was among the 1st 20 on the line, when all of a sudden at about 8 am just before the embassy opened, we heard a loud commotion!
The next thing I noticed, the line had disappeared in thin air😂😂😂😂..A group of cretins who had arrived late that morning had disrupted the peaceful line and new faces appeared in front of me and I found myself at the rear end of the line😭😭😭…and that day I never managed to get in for the interview.
We were back again to the roadside to spend another cold night to try our luck the following day.
The following day, I went to queue at 3 am in order to make the cut. Luckily that day, I was among those who were picked for the interview.
It was such a relief getting inside the tall gates of the high commission. It felt like the biblical Noah’s ark moment!
Lakini shetani ni nani?…this happiness and relief was short-lived though as it took me less than 1 minute of the visa interview for the visa officer to pass the verdict that I was not qualified for the student visa!..☹️☹️😭😭..
I broke down!!!..Us Meru men are not supposed to, but on this day, I did!…I was so devastated,..and it is at this point that I decided to hurl the epithet to the old visa lady in Kimeru!!…”ita naria Nkooma!!!”🤣🤣🤣 before the security guys pushed me out of the building within no time!
At that time, I told myself I was never going to that embassy again, but guess what?..I found myself there again 3 more times in the next 8 years, which still ended up in getting denied the visa😂😂.
After getting tired of UK denials, I then decided to try my luck at the American embassy, and luckily enough, I managed to get my student visa at the first attempt in 2009…A full 8 years later!..and that is how the son of the soil found himself in United States on 24th August 2009!. I just celebrated my 11 years of being in USA!…Yay!!
I have shared this story to encourage some of you who may be facing similar disappointments! If you are one of them out there, never give up!
You never know when the doors will open, but to be honest, you really need to be well prepared before going for a visa interview. Never make same mistakes that I did, because looking back, I lacked the confidence needed to ace a visa interview because of lack of preparation.
A Little Bit More About Me!
I am a former international student in USA, and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA.
I am the founder and programs director of Appstec America, an IT consulting company based out of Tampa, Florida.
I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant.
My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself.
Whether that be helping smart Africans migrate to USA as international students or train smart Africans as IT consultants, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.
My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of.
On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.
Keep your dream alive and never give up!

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