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Number of visa users in 2007[edit]

The reference does not discuss visas, and seems to claim 37,149,651 foreign visitors (page 65). "171 million" is the number of boarder crossings. Many or most of the 37 million would still not have visas. (I'm new and afraid to change anything until I learn a bit more) Sanphaka (talk) 13:24, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

The State Department issued 6,603,073 non-immigrant and 470,088 immigrant visas in 2008. The total number of visas in 2008 is 7.073,161, not 171 million! This is of course not the total number of visitors, only those requiring visas. Sanpaka (talk) 04:37, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Asterisks under the photograph[edit]

Does anyone know the meaning of the asterisks beneath the vistors photo on a US Visa? On the example in the article there are 2 but I hear there can be 0 to 3 of them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:51, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

U.S. Nonimmigrant Classifications, Visas, Statuses[edit]

This article would be more accurately entitled "United States Nonimmigrant Classifications" and have other links such as "United States Nonimmigrant Visas" and "United States Nonimmigrant Statuses" point to this article. This article does not cover United States immigrant visas, and technically speaking the content of this article is about the various nonimmigrant classifications, which is what INA 101(a)(15) defines, and not about the visas. A valid nonimmigrant visa, issued by the U.S. Dept. of State, is only a permit for an alien of the U.S. to seek entry into the U.S. in a certain nonimmigrant classification. If the alien is admitted into the U.S. by the Dept. of Homeland Security, the nonimmigrant alien will then acquire nonimmigrant status in the classification indicated on the visa. —Hindernis 22:28, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Even though the article discusses E, H, L, K, V classifications which may lead to eventual acquisition of immigrant status by the alien, these are still nonimmigrant classifications under the INA, 8 CFR, and 22 CFR. When I said above that "this article does not cover United States immigrant visas", I meant it does not specifically describe the various immigrant visas such as the family-based immigrant visas and the employment-based immigrant visas such as the various EB, SK, SD visas. —Hindernis 22:48, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa Types and Visa Classifications[edit]

There are three types of U.S. nonimmigrant visas (diplomatic, official, and regular) and the visa type is normally based on the type of passport held by the alien. The classification of a nonimmigrant visa is the designated purpose for which the visa may be used (A-1 for diplomats, B-2 for tourists, etc.) This distinction is made in the laws and regulations, but not in the information provided to the public by the U.S. Dept. of State. The illustration in the main article shows a "regular B-1/B-2" visa. —Hindernis 00:14, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Help with table[edit]

I can't get the table in the right spot.

Seconded. Does somebody know how to fix this table? The editor shows it as part of the "Select List of the Various Types of Visas" section, but in my browser (Firefox) it appears after "External links". TiffaF 06:51, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Notice that the table starts with {| class="wikitable". It has to end with |} or it won't work properly. Fixed. -FunnyMan 14:24, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Merge with Visa Waiver Program?[edit]

is this correct?[edit]

"The immigration k visa process is even more stringent and costly. After all processing fees have been paid, most immigration visa applicants pay well over $1,000 to become permanent residents in the United States and are forced to wait several years before actually immigrating to the U.S."

Is this definitely correct? and how long does it roughly take?

Anyone who has any info plz help because i am confused and the answer is extremely important to me.

thanx Igorndhaswog 22:45, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

EB-n Visas[edit]

I remembered reading about the "EB-n" visa online, I'm surprised they're not listed in the table (unless the sites I was reading had woefully inaccurate data on them). The list only has the EB-5 visa but there's the EB-2 visa for holders of Advanced Degrees which I suppose gets people around the H-1B rush. Should they be added to the list? W3bbo (talk) 20:06, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Is the first link in the External links section...[edit]

working...???-- (talk) 00:04, 14 August 2009 (UTC)


The table mentions as SK-3 visa, yet it isn't included as one of the ones listed. Kevink707 (talk) 19:48, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Visa requirement doesn't make sense[edit]

The first paragraph says:

A foreign national wishing to enter the U.S. must obtain a visa unless he or she is a citizen of one of the thirty-six Visa Waiver Program countries, a citizen of Canada or Bermuda, or statutorily ineligibile for visa-free travel (e.g. criminal records).

So the last of those says "A foreign national must obtain a visa unless he is ineligible for visa-free travel." That doesn't make sense. If you are ineligible for visa-free travel then you must obtain a visa. Rpt0 (talk) 09:11, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Fixed. There are a number of minor laws that afford visa-free travel to a small number of people (for example, compacts of free association with several Micronesian nations), so I added a generic statement about that instead. This should probably be researched further and sourced from an official US government source. But I thought a catch-all statement would be better than the obvious mistake pointed out by the previous commenter. Stian (talk) 23:26, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

H1-B anti-immigrant bias[edit]

The H1-B article discusses several problems with the H1-B program that allow employers to bring in H1-B workers under conditions contrary to the intent of the H1-B program. I did not remove these paragraphs because some of these criticisms may be accurate, but they are also unsourced and full of weasel words. A more serious problem is that the section only discusses perceived "loopholes" and has a strong anti-immigrant slant. Problems facing H1-B workers -- including the difficulty in qualifying, the quota limits that turn the program into a lottery even for qualified applicants, the 6-year limit on H1-B status, the lack of a path to permanent residence for H1-B workers, the power H1-B employers have over H1-B employees and other such factors are not mentioned. It is this editor's opinion that a political discussion of the pros and cons of the H1-B program should be relegated to the full article, and that care should be taken to achieve a more balanced point of view. However, since I recognize I may myself be biased (having previously lived in the US as an H1-B worker), I've restricted myself to tagging the issues instead of attempting a rewrite myself. Stian (talk) 23:26, 8 September 2011 (UTC)


There should be a world map of U.S. visa policy as most other countries have. Go here to see that most countries have a map that serve as a great visual guide and quick reference. Wingedbeaver (talk) 17:13, 13 February 2013 (UTC)