Non-Immigrant Visa allows foreigners to enter the U.S. to study, work or travel. Non-Immigrant Visa does not “automatically”turn into permanent residency regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in the U.S. with valid non-Immigrant Visa.
It is crucial to know the difference between a Visa and a Status. These two terms are distinctively different. Specifically, a visa is exclusively issued by a U.S. embassy in a foreign nation and is to be presented at the time of admission in order to request a status. A status, on the other hand, represents a person’s immigration status and the duration of a status in the U.S is specified in the Form I-94. A status has its own expiration date, which indicates that a person can legally stay in the U.S. for the duration, which was given by USCIS. Thus, it is important to have in possession of (1) one’s I-94 and (2) the approval notice of changing or extending one’s status.
Normally, the validity periodof a status is shorter than that of a visa. It is absolutely crucial to check expiration date of your status and make sure that it is viable, along with your visa, when traveling overseas.
Selected Types of Non-Immigrant Visas