Visa Categories

OIS assists departments and divisions with determining the most appropriate visa category for international visitors. If you are unfamiliar with the visa category that is most appropriate for your stay, your department contact can complete the Intake Form Determining NIV Form and return it to our office. OIS will review each situation carefully in consultation with the sponsoring department.

I believe that the talent, energy, and ideas flowing into the United States of America – and to the UT System institutions – from countries around the world are among our greatest strengths.

– Former UT System Chancellor William McRaven

Additional Resources

The OIS is providing resources on the following subjects as they are applicable to all of our international visitors.


Comparing Visa Categories

The following resources highlight the characteristics of specific visa categories, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. These are not exhaustive lists, and we encourage you to consult with an immigration attorney if you have any questions.