• Maria Cordon

Q Visa. # International Programs, #International Cultural Exchange.

There are two types of visas: immigrant and non-immigrant. Non-immigrant visas are obtained outside the United States, at a consulate or American embassy. Individuals with a valid I-94 can change or extend their status in the United States.

Also called the Disney visa, I have used it successfully to represent a museum. I have read that ethnic restaurants have not been successful using this visa to showcase the country’s cultural aspects at the restaurant. Organizations that are applying for a Q visa for a beneficiary have to simultaneously provide a description of the international cultural program to obtain program approval. Organizations must show they maintain an established cultural program, have designated a qualified employee to administer the program, and have the money to pay program participants. According to the instructions published by USCIS on 01/17/2017, if the organization’s international cultural program has been previously approved, the organization does not need to request program approval again when a renewal is requested for a beneficiary.

Attorney Maria M. Cordon can help you determine if you are eligible, prove the facts, and how the facts meet the legal requirements to file a Q petition.

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