What is a Q-1 Visa?

The Q-1 visa is considered a non-immigrant visa. The Q-1 visa allows individuals to enter the US as a participant in an international cultural exchange program. The program should provide training, employment and facilitate the sharing of your country’s history, culture and traditions. In order to be eligible to apply for the Q-1 visa you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and well versed in the cultural attributes of your nation.
  • Be able to perform the service/ labour/ training that is required by the cultural exchange program that you are attending.
  • Have spent at least a year residing outside of the US if you have previously come to the US on a Q-1 visa.
  • Be seeing to participate in a cultural exchange program for either training or employment and you must be sharing your culture at the program.

How do I apply for a Q-1 Visa?

You must be sponsored by the employer that is running the cultural exchange program. To begin the application process, your sponsoring organization must file Form I-129. In order to file this form, the organization needs to establish certain facts about you and your petition:

  • The employer needs to show that they run an established exchange program.
  • The program includes a portion where there is a direct sharing of culture through interactions with the American public.
  • The employer is actively doing business in the US.
  • The program will offer wages and working conditions that are equivalent to the conditions offered to local workers.
  • The organization is financially stable.

Once the I-129 is filed correctly, the organization that petitioned on your behalf will receive a receipt. You will then be notified to provide your biometric data, if it is needed. Finally, you will receive a written notice of the decision made.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How Much does the Application Cost? The fee for filing the Q-1 Visa forms is $460.
  • How long Can I Stay on a Q-1 Visa? You will be able to stay in the US for up to 15 months.
  • Can I bring my spouse or children with me? The Q-1 visa does not provide any provisions for spouses or children. This means that in order for your spouse or children to come to the US with you, they would need to individually qualify visas.

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