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USCIS Application Procedures for the Disney Visa - Cultural Exchange Q Visa

Participants in what is commonly referred to as the Disney Visa; International cultural exchange program designed to provide practical training, employment and sharing of the participant's native culture, require classification Q visas. An extremely good example of those eligible for this Visa are those interested in obtaining a job with Walt Disney World or Walt Disney Land in the United States; this is why the Q visa is currently referred to as the Disney Visa.

Pre-Requisites for the Q Visa (Disney Visa):
The training/employment must be approved in advance by the office of the U.S. Citizenship and US immigration Services in the United States on the basis of a petition, form I-129Q, filed by the U.S. sponsor. A new petition for the Q visa (Disney Visa) must be filed each time a qualified employer wants to bring additional persons into the United States in Q status.

Application Procedures:
Before filing a petition for a Q visa (Disney Visa) to USCIS, the following criteria must be met:

  • (1) The culture-sharing must take place in a school, museum, business, park, or other establishment where the public is exposed to aspects of a foreign culture as part of a structured program;
  • (2) The cultural component must be an essential and integral part of the participant's employment and training, and must be designed to exhibit the attitude, customs, history, heritage, philosophy and/or tradition of the alien's country of nationality; and
  • (3) The alien's employment and training may not be independent of the cultural component.

The organization must demonstrate that it has the ability to conduct a responsible international cultural exchange program and has the financial ability to remunerate the participant with the Q Visa (Disney Visa-holder)and offer him/her wages and working conditions comparable to those accorded local domestic workers similarly employed.

The Disney Visa applicant must be at least 18 years of age, qualified to perform the stated service or labor or receive the specified type of training and have the ability to communicate effectively about his/her culture.

Duration of Stay with Q visa- Disney Visa:
A Q visa (Disney Visa) petition is approved for the length of the program, or for fifteen months, whichever is shorter. The holder of a Q visa who has spent fifteen months in the United States may not be issued a visa or be readmitted under the Q visa (Disney visa) classification unless he/she has resided and been physically present outside the United States for one year.

Examples of Use of the Q Visa (Disney Visa):
This Visa is perfect for individuals entering the United States for a job or seasonal internship in any of the parks or establishment of Walt Disney World (Florida) or Walt Disney Land (California). This visa is also available for individuals entering the United States to work in a specific conference, convention, or project related to their country.

ExamplesBenefits to Family Members
As for Spouses, Children & Partners of the Disney Visa applicant, there is no derivative visa category for spouses and children of the beneficiary of a Q petition. Spouses and/or children who wish to accompany the Q visa (Disney Visa)holder to the United States for the duration of the program are required to qualify for visas in their own right.

If they wish to work, they require work visas; ; if they wish to study, student visas. Those who have no intention of working or studying, may apply for tourist (B-2) visa.

NOTE: When applying for a B-2 visa just as when applying for a Q visa- Disney Visa, applicants will be required to furnish evidence to show that they have a residence abroad to which they intend returning at the end of their stay in the United States. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments to some country other than the United States sufficient to cause the applicant to return there at the conclusion of his/her stay in the United States. If the spouse and/or child of the Q visa- Disney Visa applicant will not apply for visas at the same time as the principal applicant, they will be required to furnish a copy of the principal applicant's visa with their application.



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