The Q visa is designed to facilitate international cultural exchange between foreign national “cultural exchange visitors” and the U.S. public. Employers applying for Q-1 cultural exchange visitors must show that they are offering a program that is designed to provide practical training or employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the foreign national’s home country with the American public.
The Q visa requires three main components for a successful program:
Cultural exchange workers or trainees must be able to communicate effectively about the cultural attributes of their country of nationality to the American public. If they have previously been admitted to the U.S. in Q-1 status, they must have resided and been physically present outside of the United States for the immediate prior year.
Q-1 status can be requested for an initial period of 15 months, and cannot be renewed. Unlike many other types of temporary work visas, multiple foreign nationals can be included on each petition. Q-1 petitions are filed with USCIS and once approved, the cultural exchange visitors may apply for a visa and enter the U.S.
To speak with an immigration attorney about Q-1 visas, contact Grossman Young & Hammond.