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Q Visas
Q1 Visa - Cultural Exchange
 Q2 Visa - Walsh Program

Q-1 Visas (Cultural Exchange Visitors): An individual seeking a Q1 visa is defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act as an alien "having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning who is coming temporarily (for a period not to exceed 15 months) to the United States as a participant in an international cultural exchange program approved by the Attorney General for the purpose of providing practical training, employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the country of the alien's nationality and who will be employed under the same wages and working conditions as domestic workers."

Q-2 Visas (Walsh Program Participants):
Named after Congressman James Walsh, the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act established the Q2 visa classification, which allows up to 4,000 residents (between the ages of 18 35) of Northern Ireland, and the Louch, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrum, Sligo, and Donegal counties of the Republic of Ireland to be sponsored for up to 36 months in the United States in training and employment programs.

The LL.M. Law Group understands that obtaining a Q visa for either a cultural exchange visitor or a Walsh program participant to work in the United States can sometimes be difficult. Please read below to learn more about how the LL.M. Law Group can help you start working, and stop worrying.

The LL.M. Law Group can help obtain a Q visa for the following:

  • Foreign nationals entering the U.S. through an exchange program to undertake practical training that is directly related to sharing the culture and history of their home country
  • Foreign nationals entering the U.S. through an international cultural exchange program to share and promote the history, culture and traditions of their home country
  • U.S. companies seeking to employ Irish nationals from certain regions in designated areas of employment, such as hospitality and tourism, customer service, information and communications technology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, and sales

Please refer to the LL.M. Law Group's immigration consultation procedures to begin.



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