United States Consuls are charged with issuing different types of visas, allowing a person to work, attend school, or start businesses in America. There are also visas for tourists, and others that allow people to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. There are also a myriad of rules about who can get a visa and what the visa allows the person to do while in the United States.
There are two types of visas: Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas. Immigrant Visas are green cards, allowing people to come into the United States and become a permanent resident. Nonimmigrant visas have limits on the length of a person’s stay, and are given to aliens for nonimmigrant reasons, to tourists, business visitors, temporary workers, or students. Both Immigrant Visas (Green Cards) and Nonimmigrant Visas will be explored further under other topics.