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President Bush:


Bush"America is not a fortress; no, we never want to be a fortress. We're a free country; we're an open society. And we must always protect the rights of our law -- of law-abiding citizens from around the world who come here to conduct business or to study or to spend time with their family."

-- President Bush Signs Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act

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Welcome to, an official source of information about U.S. visa policy and procedures. Use this site to learn about the visa application process, understand current requirements, and get updates on recent developments. Our Customer Service Statement details our commitment to those who seek visas to travel to the U.S. Please take a minute to view our informative Welcome Video.

Doing Business and Working in the U.S.
WORKING in the U.S.
"My company's headquarters is in the United States. I go there several times a year on business."
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Studying in the U.S.
  STUDYING in the U.S. and coming on an exchange
"After I got my M.A. degree in English language and literature in my home country, I got my PhD. in the U.S."
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Visiting the U.S.
"We visited the United States as tourists, starting in New York and ending in California."
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"We joined our children in the United States and became permanent residents."
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To find information specific to your country or region, you may also go to the Web site of your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate by clicking Locate a Consular Office .

This site serves as a single point of access to U.S. visa information. It will connect you to additional, in-depth information found on Web sites managed by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



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For more than 50 years, the United States of America has required visas to study, visit, or conduct business in the U.S. While changes have been made recently to U.S. visa law, many procedures remain the same. To learn more, read this step-by-step guide to the visa process.

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