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Three activities you cannot do on a visitor visa

Just like every other visa, a U.S. visitor visa has its limitations in relation to the allowed activities. Remember that you got your visitor visa approval because you had a correctly filled application, a favorable background, and convinced the Consular Officer that you’ll act following the desired visa. Once you find yourself in the U.S., it might be tempting to perform activities that go beyond your visa rules. Make sure you don’t perform an activity that could put your visitor visa at stake. 

Attending an educational institution

You cannot study on a visitor visa. Taking a course for academic credit is close to impossible because a few requirements need to be met before you enroll in a program. For instance, every Student visa applicant initiates their visa application only after they submit proof of a paid SEVIS fee. The U.S. government has many programs for sponsoring foreign students, and that’s why they developed the selection process in detail. Theoretically speaking, you could attend a lecture or seminar at an education institution but you couldn’t obtain any academic credit. Simply put, attempting to study on a visitor visa won’t get you anywhere. Instead, try applying for the F1 or M1 Student visa if you’re planning to study.

Starting employment

Under no circumstances you’re allowed to undertake paid or unpaid work. If the authorities find out, you’ll most probably experience deportation and visa cancelation. In the worst case, you might get a years-long U.S. entry ban. If you’re considering employment in the U.S., you should apply for a work visa that requires a different application process. Specifically, U.S. employers file petitions on behalf of their future employees.

Working as a journalist

Your visitor visa doesn’t allow you to work as a journalist or do freelance journalism. There is a special visa type for media workers. The I Media visa is for journalists who travel to the U.S. to do reporting work. When you attend your visa interview, the Consular Officer will ask you about your travel intent. If you plan to travel for journalism and you applied for a visitor visa, your visitor visa will most likely be denied. 

To prevent your visa cancelation, try your best to act in line with your visa principles. For any questions or concerns about your visa, contact us today and talk to our team of visa specialists. 

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