The Q-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows travel to United States to participate in a cultural exchange program. The purpose of the program is to allow for practical training and employment, and the sharing of history, culture, and traditions.
Roughly 2,000 Q-1 visas have been issued in each fiscal year from 2014 to 2018. The visa is frequently utilized by the Walt Disney Company to staff the various pavilions around the world showcase portion of its Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World. Because of this, the visa is sometimes referred to as the "Disney visa."
Participants must be 18 years or older and be able to communicate effectively regarding elements of their culture. The duration of stay may be up to 15 months, and participants must then remain outside the US for a period of one year before they may be admitted under a different visa type.
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- Table XVI(A): Classes of Nonimmigrants Issued Visas (Including Border Crossing Cards): Fiscal Years 2014-2018, Report of the Visa Office 2018, U.S. Department of State (2018).
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- 8 CFR 214.2 (w): Link to Title 8, Code of Federal Regulations
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