Nonimmigrant Status is assigned to those entering the United States for a temporary purpose. A temporary purpose may include tourism, business, education, or employment.


Nonimmigrant Status is assigned to those entering the United States for a temporary purpose. A temporary purpose may include tourism, business, education, or employment. When a person enters as a nonimmigrant, their activities in the United States will be restricted to what is allowed for that nonimmigrant category. For example, if a person enters the United States as a tourist, then he or she cannot engage in employment activities. Similarly, a person coming to the United States to work for a particular employer, their employment is restricted to that employer, only.


Most nonimmigrant categories require an intent to return to the home country. This means when a person seeks a nonimmigrant status, he or she must demonstrate their “nonimmigrant intent”; that they have no intention to reside in the United States permanently. This typically involve providing evidence of ties they have to their home country such as their current employment, the residence of their immediate family, and any other continuing obligations or incentives.


There are nonimmigrant categories where it is not necessary to demonstrate nonimmigrant intent. These “dual-intent” nonimmigrant categories allow the pursuit of permanent residence in the United States. Currently, only the E, H-1, and L nonimmigrant visa category allow dual intent.

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