A nonimmigrant visa permits its holder to apply for entry to the U.S. for a temporary period of time and for a specific purpose. Appropriate purposes are so that an individual may be authorized to work, go to school, attend a conference or explore business opportunities, to visit the country as a tourist and to visit family and friends. What distinguishes a nonimmigrant visa from an immigrant visa is that the nonimmigrant visa only allows a person to enter temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa holder can enter and stay permanently for the duration of their immigrant visa, or until the individual is eligible to apply for naturalization.

At the border, the nonimmigrant visa holder can be admitted to the U.S. in the particular immigration status indicated on the visa. The duration of an individual’s stay in the U.S. depends on which immigration status they are admitted. A person admitted in one status can sometimes change their status in order to stay for a different purpose.

Some of the more common nonimmigrant business visa categories we handle include:

  • B-1/B-2 (visitors)
  • E (treaty traders/investors, Australian free trade)
  • F (students)
  • H (temporary workers)
  • J (exchange visitors)
  • L (intra-company transfers)
  • O (extraordinary ability)
  • P (athletes, entertainment groups)
  • TN (NAFTA)


Most people are more familiar with the term “green card,” rather than immigrant visa or lawful permanent residence. An immigrant visa enables an individual to live and work in the U.S. for the rest of their lives if they so choose, unless they commit an offence which would cause a denial of the renewal of their immigrant visa. We assist clients in obtaining green cards through various employment, family, and investment based routes including

  • Petitions for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability, Researchers and Professors, and Multinational Managers and Executives
  • Labor Certifications for Individuals with Advanced Degrees, Whose Work is in the National Interest, and those with Jobs Requiring a Bachelor's Degree and/or Work Experience
  • EB-5 Investor Visas
  • Family-Based Green Cards
  • Diversity Visa Lottery


Mohandoss Law can assist individuals who have gained permanent residence with applications to naturalize as citizens of the United States. In addition, we have broad experience with other immigration topics including child citizenship applications, E-Verify and SEVIS, to name a few.