Different Types of Travel Documents | What to Know

There are a number of different reasons to enter the United States. Each reason may require a different visa. Read on for a general overview of the travel documents you may need in order to enter the U.S.

What are Short-Stay Travel Visas?

Short-stay visas are for those who do not plan on being in the country for an extended period of time. Some examples of short-stay visas are as follows:

  • Working holiday visa: For those who are traveling between nations offering a working holiday program. This usually allows young people to engage in temporary work while traveling.
  • Transit visa: For those passing through the country to a destination outside of the country. Transit visas are usually limited to anywhere from a few hours to 10 days.
  • Cultural exchange visa: These are usually issued to athletes and performing artists participating in a cultural exchange program.
  • Athletic or artistic visa: These are issues to athletes and performing artists in competitions, concerts, shows, and other events. 
  • Private visa: For private visits by invitation of residents of the country.
  • Medical visa: For diagnostics or a course of treatment.
  • Business visa: These are for engaging in commerce in the country.
  • Tourist visa: For a limited period of leisure travel.
  • Short-stay or visitor visa: These are primarily for short visits to the host country.

What are Long-Stay Travel Visas?

Long-stay travel visas are primarily for longer, though still limited stays. Some examples of long-stay visas are as follows:

  • Asylum visas: Asylum visas are issued to those who have suffered or have a reasonable fear of persecution in their own country due to their political activities or opinion, association with a particular group, or who were exiled from their own country.
  • Refugee visas: These are issued to persons fleeing the dangers of persecution, a war, or a natural disaster.
  • Student visa: A student visa allows its holder to study at an institution of higher learning in the issuing country.
  • Journalist visa: For journalists traveling for their news organizations.
  • Temporary worker visa for approved employment: These are usually difficult to obtain, though they are also valid for longer periods of time than a business visa. One of the most common types is the H-1B visa. 

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