Non Immigrant Visas-Q
Q - Participants in international cultural programs

The Q-1 international cultural exchange program provides practical training, employment and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the participant's home country in the United States. This visa enables individuals to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States.

The applicant should apply for a Q-1 Visa at the US Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over his/her place of permanent residence. While s/he may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it is advisable to apply within his/her jurisdiction. Participants in the Q exchange program must have the designated sponsoring organization file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with the USCIS. The USCIS will then inform the sponsor on Form I-797 when the petition is approved.

The following documents are required for the Q-1 Visa:

  • A filled-in visa application Form DS-160.
  • One recent photograph 1 & 1/2 inches square (37mm x 37mm) of each applicant, with the entire face visible. The picture should be taken before a light background and without head covering.
  • A passport, valid for travel to the United States for at least six months longer than his/her intended visit.
  • A completed form, I-797.
  • S/he must also demonstrate the that s/he has binding ties to his/her home country which s/he has no intention of abandoning, and that s/he is coming to the United States for a temporary period of time
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