Sometimes, a trip requires extra time, extra planning, and extra preparation. If you are looking to travel to the U.S. to study, or conduct a business deal, or hold a seasonal job, you may need a US visa for your trip. Whatever your reason, one thing is for sure: You are coming for an extended stay. You need a US visa to do so, and we have all the information you need to find the right visa for you and your plans. Review the types of visa and learn more about visa requirements, life in the United States, and about visa health insurance.
When traveling, it is important to have visitor visa medical insurance that covers emergency illnesses and injuries. HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS) has visitor visa health insurance in the USA for those who are traveling on a B1 or B2 visitor visa. When you come to the U.S, it is important to have access to medical care and insurance that covers you for emergencies. While you are on visitor visa, you will want to consider insurance for any medical emergencies that could happen while you are in the U.S.
When traveling, it is important to have tourist visa insurance that covers emergency illnesses and injuries. HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS) has tourist visa health insurance in the USA for those who are traveling on a B1 or B2 tourist visa. Learn more about Tourist Visa Insurance.
Most foreign travelers must acquire a travel visa in order to enter the United States. The visas required for visitors traveling to the U.S. include the B1 visa for business and the B2 visa for pleasure. Learn more about Travel Visa Insurance.
Temporary worker visas are for persons who want to enter the United States for employment lasting a fixed period of time, and are not considered permanent or indefinite. Each of these visas requires the prospective employer to first file a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. An approved petition is required to apply for a work visa. Learn more about Work Visas.
Millions of people travel to the U.S. every year to conduct business. More business visas are awarded to foreign visitors than any other kind of visa, so there is a good chance that you are looking into visas because you have an extended business trip ahead of you, or your company has transferred you to the United States, or you are an entrepreneur preparing to look over your American investments. Whatever the case, you have a lot of things to consider before your trip. Let us help make things easier with our collection of useful information and tips for business travelers. Learn more about the B1 Visa.
As a student, you have a wide world of opportunity available to you when it comes to educational travel. If you are preparing to participate in an exchange program with a school in the U.S., or if you have applied to an American university, you will need a Student visa. Learn about the different kinds of visas available to you and study up on life and culture in America by visiting our Student Visas pages.
The F2 visa is for spouses and dependents of F1 Visa holders. When you come to the U.S. on a student visa, you will be allowed to stay for the duration of your student status. As long as you are a full time student, you will be able to stay in the U.S., even if the F-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in the U.S. Nonimmigrants who wish to study in the United States should not enter the country as B-2 tourist, but as an F-1, M, or J-1 student. Learn More about the F-1 Visa or studying abroad.
While you are on a J-1 visa, you will want to consider insurance for any medical emergencies that could happen while you are in the U.S. HCCMIS offers StudentSecure® for those on a J-1 visa. StudentSecure insurance is an excellent option for those looking for J1 visa medical insurance. Learn more about the J-1 Visa or studying abroad.
If you are planning a trip to Europe, there is a good chance that your destination is one of the 25 countries that participate in the Schengen Agreement. A single Schengen Visa will grant you access to each of those countries and allow for easy international travel within Europe. Find out if your destination is on the list, and learn more about your responsibilities when visiting a Schengen country. Learn More about Schengen Visas.
There are different requirements for each visa, but there are also universal requirements that are applicable to each type of visa. These requirements range from proof of insurance to financial stability. If you are considering applying for a visa, then you should know ahead of time that at some point in the process, you will most likely need these documents:
• DS-160: Form DS-160 is also known as the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form. Consular officers use form DS-160 to establish and determine your credibility and eligibility for a visa. Everyone, no matter what type of nonimmigrant visa they are applying for, must fill out and submit a DS-160.
• Passport: For those seeking a nonimmigrant visa, you must have a valid, machine-readable passport. In many cases, the passport must be valid for at least six (6) months after your stay in the U.S. is over. Machine-readable passports allow for information to be accessed and read much more quickly and efficiently.
• Visa Insurance: In a few cases, visa insurance will be a requirement in order to receive a visa. In other cases, it is simply recommended. Either way, visa insurance is designed to provide you with protection as you travel in the U.S. You may not be aware of it, but your domestic insurance policy most likely will not follow you abroad. In order to keep yourself safe from high medical bills and receive some great travel benefits, you should consider visa insurance.
•Financial Support/Stability: You will be required to prove and establish your financial stability for the length of your time in the United States. For some applicants, this will simply mean showing bank statements and contracts from employers that outline how much the applicant will be paid while in the U.S. For others, like students, you will need to provide proof of your own finances along with any scholarships, grants, and financial support that you might be receiving from second or third parties.
• Proof of Employer/School: If you are going to travel on a work visa, then you will need to be hired by an American company and will need to file the necessary paperwork to prove it. For those that plan on attending school, your school—as your sponsor—must also provide you with paperwork that you must take with you to your interview that will establish your acceptance and enrollment in that school.
For those that are traveling to the U.S. for a job, as you begin searching, you should consider what city the jobs are located in. Obviously, we cannot cover every city and your ideal job may not be available in every city, but you certainly want to work in a city that will provide you with the lifestyle and work environment that you are looking for:
• Seattle, Washington : This city situated in the picturesque Pacific Northwest is full of people who just might be the friendliest and greenest people in the U.S. Whether you enjoy reading, coffee, cooler weather, rain, young professionals, or nature, this city has something to offer everyone. With over ten universities and colleges, Seattle surely has a program for any student. And for the professional, Seattle is a well-established city on the Pacific coast with many opportunities.
• Raleigh, North Carolina : Maybe the east coast of the U.S. has always held your attention. With Raleigh, a city of 400,000 people, you can expect a small city feel in a big city. With twelve different high education institutions, students have a lot of options. As far as business goes, Raleigh is an older city with established businesses, but it also has seen some great economic growth in recent years. For the family, Raleigh has great museums, bike trails, and professional sports teams.
• Boulder, Colorado : For those looking for a smaller city, Boulder may just be a great fit for you. Close to Denver, Boulder has a lot of great options for education, business, and living. Boulder’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains means there are plenty of options for outdoor activities: hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, and mountain biking. Boulder has been on several lists for best mid-range cities to live and work in. For students, Boulder has several institutions of higher learning to choose from.
• Virginia Beach, Virginia :The smaller city of Virginia Beach is located right on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay and is convenient to the historic sites of Jamestown and Williamsburg, as well as several museums and parks. This city may not be well known—which may be one of its biggest appeals to you—but it is a city that will keep you busy. If you are considering staying in the U.S. on a visa, Virginia Beach could be the town for you.
• Tulsa, Oklahoma : If you love art, then you should certainly consider checking out Tulsa. Even though it is the second-largest city in Oklahoma, many Americans tend not to pay much attention to it. However, the people that live in this city love it and for good reason. With over ten museums, over twenty libraries, two orchestras, and an art district that is gaining in popularity all the time, locals and visitors alike have many entertainment and cultural options. There are also six institutions of higher learning that students can consider when deciding where to attend.
Whether you are visiting, studying, or working, going through the visa application process is incredibly important. The process, though it may seem daunting, is not all that complicated when you take the time to research and plan. For those who plan on studying or accepting a temporary job, you need to begin the process well in advance because you never know exactly how long it may take to actually receive your visa. Remember, living in the U.S. is a great experience not everyone will have, so make the most of it and remember to enjoy yourself!
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