Can enter the US to carry out a number of business activities such
as funding or office space, negotiate a contract, attend business meeting. Make necessary
arrangements in connection with setting up a business
Length of stay generally up to 6 months
Extension – possible but not usually more than 12months in
Available only to those already n the US on an F-1 student status,
except those in English language training programs
Can start up a business that is directly related to the
major area of study
Length of stay generally up to 12 months / 17 months for those
with a qualifying Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree
Extension – possible upon seeking another post-secondary degree at
a higher degree level
Available to those planning to work for the business they
start in the United States
Occupation should normally requires a bachelor’s degree or higher
in a related field of study
Applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in
a field related to the position.
Length of stay is 3 years.
Extensions -possible- but maximum period of stay generally 6 years
(extensions beyond 6 years may be possible).
Available to those with extraordinary ability in the
sciences, arts, education, business or athletics
Exceptionality should be demonstrated by sustained acclaim and
Can start business in the same field as the exceptional
Length of Stay s up to 3 years
Extensions –available in 1 year increments as necessary to complete
or further the event or activity.
Available to those who want to invest a substantial amount of
money in a new or existing U.S. business.
Must be from a treaty country
Length of Stay-Initial period of 2 years.
Extension available is in 2 year increments.
Available to executives, managers, or a worker with specialized
knowledge who has worked abroad for a qualifying organization .
Can seek to set up a branch or affiliate office or manage and
existing business in the US.
Initial period of stay in the United States: Up to 3 years (1 year
for new office petitions).
Extensions possible in up to 2 year increments.
Maximum period of stay: 7 years for managers and executives; 5
years for specialized knowledge workers.