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Nonimmigrant visas can normally be obtained in a fairly short time by comparison, and are the primary way most foreign nationals come to the U.S. and remain here while a permanent case is in process. Only certain nonimmigrant visas permit the foreign national to apply for permanent residence while here, and all nonimmigrant visas are for specific situations and allow only certain activities. A consultation with an immigration lawyer would be necessary to determine which nonimmigrant visas an individual might be eligible for, and of those which presents that individual with the most options overall.