The Q visa is a non-immigrant classification designed specifically for foreign nationals who would like to participate in an exchange visitor program in the United States. The program must provide practical training and employment and share the history, culture, and traditions of the applicant’s home country. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to communicate effectively about the cultural attributes of their home country.
To obtain a Q visa for a prospective foreign exchange visitor, the petitioning U.S employer must submit evidence that it:
- Maintains an established cultural exchange program
- Has designated a qualified employee to administer the program and to serve as liaison with USCIS
- Will offer the alien wages and working conditions comparable to those accorded local workers similarly employed
- Has the financial ability to compensate the participant(s), as shown by a copy of the employer’s most recent annual report, business income tax return or other form of certified accountant’s report
The period of stay allotted under this visa classification is up to 15 months. Q visa holders who have exhausted their stay and wish to participate in additional cultural exchange programs must spend a year outside of the U.S. before applying again for Q status. Unfortunately, spouses and children under 21 are not allowed to accompany Q visa recipients to the U.S. and must apply independently for a visa for which they are eligible.
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Gold Law Group assists clients with a wide variety of business-related immigration matters including Q visas. If you are a foreign national interested in applying for a Q visa, or if you are a U.S employer or sponsoring organization wishing to file a Q visa petition on behalf of a prospective foreign exchange visitor, please call 323.394.1281 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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