US visa restrictions and eligibility

US visa restrictions and eligibility

iVisa | Updated on Jan 27, 2020

The visa policy of the United States and the country's immigration laws are not the easiest to go through. After all, there are about 185 types of visas. Figuring out which one you need can be a tricky business, especially if you do not travel much and are accustomed to deciphering all the rules. However, that is why we are here to help.

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First of all, if you plan to travel to the US, you must establish which type of visa you are eligible for. We will not go into details about all 185 types of visas, but what you need to know is that those visas are categorized into immigrant and non-immigrant documents. Most people are interested in the latter category because they cover short stays in the US. At the same time, the most common visas that are issued are the B1 and the B2 visa. Both of them cover short stays. The B1 is for business purposes, while the B2 visa is for tourism and medical purposes.

At the same time, 38 countries are included in the Visa Waiver Program. What does that mean? It means that the citizens of those 38 states do not need any type of visa to enter the United States. However, they do need a US ESTA. It is not a visa per se, but more of a document that lets the US government knows that certain people wish to cross their border by sea or by land. The ESTA grants a 90 days Per Entry stay in the US, but most importantly, it can be obtained online. iVisa can help you get one if you qualify.


To establish your eligibility for a US ESTA, all you need is iVisa’s Visa Checker. The feature gives you the information you need in just a few seconds. All you have to do is select your country of origin in the first drag-down menu (left) and put the United States in the menu on the right. If you qualify for a US ESTA, you will be able to apply on the spot. If not, you are given a list of the nearest US diplomatic mission where you can go and apply for your visa.

Now that we covered the eligibility and the easiest way to determine it, we should let you know that there are some restrictions as to who can apply for a US visa. Unfortunately, not everyone can enter the country, not even for short stays. With that in mind, some nationalities are not allowed to submit a visa application for the United States. The list includes Iran, Lybia, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Furthermore, certain types of visas will not be issued to specific categories of people who are nationals of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Laos, and Myanmar. Needless to say, the rules for restricted issuance are far more complicated than that, which is why we recommend that you contact the issuing authority itself for more information.

When it comes to US visa restrictions and eligibility, the topic is vast and can be complicated. While we can help you get a US ESTA online, any other type of document that allows you to enter the United States must be issued by a diplomatic mission. iVisa can help you with some information, and if you have more questions on the matter, feel free to contact our customer support. The service is available 24/7 and is free of charge. Nevertheless, we stand firmly by the fact that an embassy or consulate is more competent to give you all the information you need when it comes to US visa restrictions and eligibility.

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