Q Visa, Cultural Exchange
The Q-1 classification is for individuals coming to the United States temporarily to participate in an international cultural exchange program approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security for the purpose of providing practical training, employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the country of their nationality.
Only qualified employers who administer DHS-designated cultural exchange programs, or designated agents they employ on a permanent basis in an executive or managerial capacity, are allowed to petition for Q nonimmigrants. The purpose of the Q nonimmigrant visa is to facilitate the sharing of international cultures. The program must be accessible to the public and have a cultural component and a work component. Your employment or training may not be independent of the cultural component of the program. You must be at least 18 years old and qualified to perform the service, labor or training and have the ability to communicate effectively about the cultural attributes of your country.
For more information, visit our Q Cultural Exchange page.
Period of Stay
The total period of stay in the United States cannot exceed 15 months.
How to File
Your employer or its designated agent 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.
Want status updates about your case? Learn how to create a USCIS online account to stay informed.
After You File
Once we receive the Form I-129, your employer 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.