Visas for a Temporary Stay in the United States
For international travelers (citizens of other countries), coming to the
Nonimmigrant Visa Categories
Visitor Visa - The "visitor" visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the
Student Visa – If you are traveling for study leading to a degree or certificate, a student (F) visa is required, or a student (M) visa for vocational or certain nonacademic study in the United States. Before you can apply at a
Other Visas – Different travel purposes require a different type of visa. As examples, if you are traveling to participate in an approved exchange program, an exchange visitor (J) visa is required. Exchange visitors must be accepted into the exchange program before applying for a visa. The program will issue a Form DS-2019 to be presented with the visa application. Review Study in the U.S. for more.
For temporary employment, paid appearances as an artist, or work as a professional athlete or entertainer in the United States, a temporary worker visa (H,L,O,P,Q or R), as appropriate is required. Before you can apply for your visa, your prospective employer in the
Review information about all nonimmigrant Visa Types on the Travel.state.gov (TSG) website and on U.S. Embassy or Consulate websites under Government Agencies” on the right.
How to Apply – Nonimmigrant Visa
Iranian citizens seeking a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay in the
Applicant Next Steps
- Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
- Schedule an interview – Refer to Visa Wait Times information
- Prepare for your interview – Pay application processing fee and gather required documentation
For more detailed information: Learn how to schedule an appointment for an interview, pay the application processing fee, review documentation requirements, embassy specific instruction, and more. See the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply: