Video Post: What is the difference between Visa and Status?

If the immigration officer at the border of the U.S. allows the alien to be admitted into the U.S., the officer will issue an I-94 card and the alien obtains a legal status to remain in the United States for the specific purpose or purposes designated by the visa for a limited time. A legal status allows the alien to remain in the US for the intended purpose of the visit, while a visa allows an alien to apply for admission into the United States for a specific purpose. Status and a visa are separate concepts and one does not necessarily have to have to do with the other. Each can and often have separate expiration dates.

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