International Cultural Exchange Visitors ("Q")
 

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States. The "J" visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, and the "Q" visa is for international cultural exchange programs designated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The "Q" international cultural exchange program is for the purpose of providing practical training and employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the participant's home country in the United States.

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According To The Bulletin, Eb-2 Numbers Have Been Made Available For India This April As The Dos Felt That The Current Demand For Visa Slots Has Comparatively Slowed Down. Consequently, It All Depends On How Many Applications Are Made In April, As To Whether The Category Will Remain Available The Coming Months.

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Dol Publishes Final Perm Regulation
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Uscis Salutes America&Cedil;S Newest Citizens
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