Participation in an exchange program or cultural exchange within the United States can be a life-affirming and life-changing experience. To be immersed in the United States culture, to share your own views of the world and traditions from your country, and to expand your educational and work opportunities in the U.S. is invaluable. However, in order to take advantage of all that the United States has to offer, you will need to obtain lawful permission to come to the United States.
There are two nonimmigrant visa categories for people who wish to come to the United States temporarily to enrich their minds and their resumes. One is a J nonimmigrant visa that is available to individuals participating in educational and cultural exchange programs that have been designed by the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
The other is the Q nonimmigrant visa, which is for individuals participating in international exchange programs that have been designated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Employers may petition for Q immigrants, and individuals who wish to participate in a cultural exchange must also submit appropriate documentation to immigrate to the United States. Miranda & Weisman is here to help. Call or contact us today to speak with a Maryland immigration lawyer to learn how we can assist you with the Q-visa program. We can be reached at 410-321-4994.
Employers are eligible to petition for Q nonimmigrants if the employer administers a cultural exchange program. The Q-visa is more than just an employment visa. It also has an integral cultural component and the goal of this visa is to facilitate sharing international attitudes, practices and beliefs.
Employers who believe that they qualify must file Form I-129 with USCIS and must submit evidence of the requisite cultural exchange program. Evidence of the program may include:
The cultural program should be designed to provide an overview of the customs, attitudes, cultures, background and heritage, traditions, philosophies, and cultural attributes of the nonimmigrant’s home country. The program activities must occur in a public setting so that the nonimmigrant who obtains the Q-visa can not only share his or her own culture but can also be enriched through direct interaction with the public in the United States.
Providing information about the cultural program is just one part of the documentation that an employer must submit to obtain a Q nonimmigrant visa. Employers also have to establish that there is a designated employee administering the program and that the alien coming to the U.S. will have wages and work conditions similar to those that local workers enjoy.
Miranda & Weisman can assist in providing all required documentation to maximize the chances that an employer will be able to successfully petition for a Q-visa and that an alien will successfully be able to obtain one. The cultural opportunities that the Q-visa provides are immeasurable in their value and our goal is to make it possible for you to take advantage of the chance to expand your cultural awareness. Call or contact us online to speak with a Maryland immigration lawyer and learn more, 410-321-4994.