The term “X-Country” was first coined in 1990, when Congress passed legislation that allowed US citizens to visit Canada and Mexico for one year. Since then, it has been extended to any country outside of the United States! This is what makes the term X1 visa so popular.
Many people have found ways to use this visa to travel or live abroad. Some do it for business, some for personal reasons, but all must be approved by the Department of State. Make sure you are clear about who can hire you before accepting a position!
There are two main types of employment visas under the X1 category. They are known as B2 (for Business Travel) and E3 (for Visit Tourist). Both require you to return home within a set amount of time, typically one month, and cannot be extended.
Business travelers need to prove they will still be working while away from their employer, while tourist visa holders only need to show they plan to spend at least eight weeks traveling or sightseeing.
If your destination does not fall into either of those categories, consider applying for an OVISA instead. These Overseas Work Visas are designed specifically for employers looking to recruit international staff. Check out our article here if that sounds like you!
This article will go more in depth about differences between the two types of X1 visas and which ones make the most sense for you.
Who can get a X1 visa?
A student or educator working in the US as an advanced scholar or instructor is eligible to apply for a non-immigrant work visa known as a Student Work Visitor (X1) visa.
This type of visa allows you to live and work in the United States, so make sure to research all requirements before applying. You must also have proof that you will be returning home at the end of your stay, which we discuss further down in this article!
The length of time students need to remain in the US while studying varies depending on whether they are enrolled fulltime or part-time, and if they have a qualifying degree or not.
If you already have a valid VISA, then it’s easy to travel to America with a Student WV card.
How can I get a X1 visa?
Becoming an eligible candidate for a non-immigrant (or temporary) visitor VISA is no easy task. There are many different factors involved, not the least of which is having enough money to prove that you will leave after your visit.
Most immigration offices require at least six months’ proof of employment or business investment before they will review your application. This makes it difficult to apply while you are still in college because few employers will agree to be a reference unless and until you have senior level job responsibilities.
A good way to prove employment is by showing past paystubs and/or W2s. For those living outside of of of the United States, there are ways to obtain these documents online or through private sources.
Business investments such as stock or real estate are also excellent proofs of income.
How long does the process take?
The processing time for your visa is listed as “intended duration” on the USCIS website, so there is no exact timeline mentioned. It is important to note that this list can change at any time due to backlogs or new regulations being put in place.
The average wait times are around two months, but it can range anywhere from one week to almost a year depending on the amount of documents you have and whether they are original copies or not.
It is best to assume that it will take longer than what we were told when we started our process, as things do delay sometimes. We recommend keeping up-to-date with the process through meetings, talking to people who know about the process, reading comments online, and staying organized.
Another key factor is knowing how many people your visa supports. If you find out after applying that only two people in the country are eligible, start looking into traveling alone before cancelling on someone else.
Who is responsible for the process?
As mentioned before, your final destination will be determined by where you are living and if you have business or school plans after arriving.
Who determines this depends on what country you enter as a resident. In most cases, it’s up to you who is responsible for the process!
In fact, even if you don’t live in America anymore, going through the pre-entry process can help prevent issues at your current residence or while traveling here.
This way, you won’t need to worry about finding out once you are officially in the U.S.
Can I get a X1 visa if I live in another country?
If you are living outside of America at the time, you can still apply for an F-1 visa. However, your entry into the United States will be much more difficult than if you lived in the US. You will need to prove that you have enough money to stay in America for the length of time given on your VISA, and you must show proof of adequate housing.
It is very easy to find jobs in any major city across the world. There are always international companies looking to hire staff, whether it’s for a few months or longer. Finding accommodation is also simple as there are many websites and apps that offer up rental properties and flats all around the world.
What are the requirements for a X1 visa?
To qualify you will need to live in one of the following countries as an eligible non-immigrant resident: Canada, EU member nations (except Spain), Australia, or U.S. territories that do not require work visas from outside sources.
You also must have valid proof of sufficient income to support yourself while here. This can be shown through documents such as pay stubs, receipts, etc. The amount of money needed is dependent upon the length of time you plan to stay in the country, so look into those estimates beforehand!
If your employer cannot verify this information then it may be difficult to prove adequate financial resources. You can try gathering photos of yourself with expensive looking clothes or shoes, or ask if anyone knows about job offers – but no matter what you do, don’t go shopping too soon after being told “no.”
Your bank statements should at least indicate whether or not you were paid during the past week, and how much was spent. If possible, have someone who can vouch for your spending check them to make sure they match up.
What are the consequences of not having the requirements?
If you do not have proof that you will be returning to your home country within six months, or there is no confirmation that your return trip is for a year or longer, then you can run into major problems in establishing residency in America!
There are several different types of visa’s that require at least one year as an intended stay in the United States. Almost every immigrant needs to know which type of visa they qualify under before coming to the US.
If you don’t have this documentation, you could end up being deported from the USA, leaving many things behind (family, house, job). This would also make it very difficult to reenter the United States later on.
Can I transfer my X1 visa to another country?
If you are planning on moving to a new country, you should be aware that there is a limited time period for your X1 visa. This means that if you have plans of staying longer in the United States than the 90 day limit, you will need to find a way to re-enter or leave the country.
There are two ways to do this. You can either apply for an extension online at the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website or return to the country with a non-immigrant visa. Both of these options are expensive so it is best to see what kind of budget you have before deciding which one is better for you.
We recommend doing some research first to make sure that both systems work for you and that you know about immigration laws in both countries.