Travel visas are sometimes referred to as “tourist visas” or “visitor visas.”

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States must first obtain a U.S. visa from a U.S. consulate abroad. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.

A U.S. visa allows travel to a port of entry, airport or land border crossing, to request entry into the United States.

The type of visa required for a specific travel purpose will be based on U.S. immigration law. There are two main categories of U.S. visas:

  • Nonimmigrant visas – For travel to the United States on a temporary basis.
  • Immigrant visas – For travel to live permanently in the United States.