Q Visa, Cultural Exchange
The Q-1 visa classification allows you to come to the United States temporarily to participate in an international cultural exchange program that provides practical training and employment, and shares your country’s history, culture, and traditions.
Only employers who administer cultural exchange programs may petition for Q nonimmigrants. It is an employment-oriented program, but an integral part of your duties must have a cultural element. You must be at least 18 years old; be qualified to perform the service, labor or training; and be able to communicate effectively about the cultural attributes of your country.
The total period of your stay in the United States cannot exceed 15 months.
How to File
Your sponsoring organization must:
- Read the instructions for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
- Complete and sign Form I-129;
- Pay the filing fee, if applicable; and
- Provide all required evidence and supporting documentation.
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After You File
Once we receive your form, your sponsoring organization will receive a:
- Receipt notice confirming we received your petition;
- Biometric services notice, if applicable;
- Notice to appear for an interview, if required; and
- Notice of our decision.