Written by attorney Sreenivasarao Vepachedu


Generally, a citizen of a foreign country (alien) who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Alien travelers coming to the United States need visitor visas.

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REFERENCES AND NOTES (1) Dr. Rao Vepachedu is the Managing Director at Cardinal Risk Management and registered patent attorney with extensive experience in the management of intellectual property and extensive experience in research and teaching. He currently works for Cardinal Intellectual Property (CIP), Cardinal Risk Management (CRM), and Cardinal Law Group (CLG). In addition, he is the president of Vepachedu Educational Foundation Inc. (, a 501(c) (3) educational foundation. For more information visit:;, and Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]: and; (2) B-1 Temporary Business Visitor: 2) Visitor Visa: 3) Exception - You may be exempt from the visa requirement if you are from a visa waiver Country. ( 4) Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa: 5) VISITOR VISAS, BUSINESS AND PLEASURE Additional Sources: The information published here is available from the primary sources cited above, and also from secondary sources such as: New York Times (NYT), Washington Post (WP), Mercury News,, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Intellihealthnews, Deccan Chronicle (DC), the Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, AP, Reuters, AFP,,,, etc Disclaimer: These materials are not a solicitation to sell any legal service, insurance product or security, nor is it intended as any financial, legal, tax, medical or health care advice. For information about specific needs or situations, contact your attorney, financial/tax agent or physician. These materials are prepared solely as public service to contribute to the understanding of IP laws and strategies practiced in the US, and should not be construed as legal advice and do not establish any form of attorney-client relationship with the author or his current/past employers. Information presented on these pages includes not only facts available in the public domain, but also author’s interpretations, opinions and personal views that do not represent any of the views, opinions or policies of any companies the author is (was) associated with. While every attempt was made to insure that these materials are accurate, errors or omissions may be contained therein, for which NEITHER the author NOR his employers and associates are LIABLE. The reader is advised to seek proper counsel, before using any of the strategies presented here.

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