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B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa
B visitor visas can be used for temporary travel to the US either for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2). Most of the time, consulates issue these as a combination B-1/B-2 visa, which can be used for either purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for a B-1/B-2 visa?
You can apply for a B-1/B-2 visa through the US Consulate in your jurisdiction. You will need to file a Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) online, pay the visa application fee, schedule a consular appointment and prepare a packet of documents regarding your ability to financially support yourself during your US travels and your connections to your home country to bring with you to your consular interview.
Is it difficult to get an B-1/B-2 visa?
No, but it is important to be prepared for your consular interview with the correct documents about your upcoming travel, ability to support yourself and your ties to your home country.
What activities can I do on a B-1/B-2 visa?
B-1 business travelers can conduct certain business activities but may not complete work while in the United States. Permitted activities include meeting and consulting with business associates, attending conventions or conferences, settling an estate, negotiating a contract or participating in trainings.
B-2 travelers can use their visas for tourism or family visits, medical reasons, to participate in social events, and for short or part-time courses of study.
If you have any questions about whether your planned activities are permitted under this visa category, we recommend discussing your proposed travel plans with a US immigration attorney.
What is the difference between a B-1/B-2 visa and ESTA?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program that allows nationals of the following countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom.
ESTA is the online application used to check whether an individual is eligible under the Visa Waiver Program.
A B-1/B-2 is a US visa for tourism and business purposes. Individuals who are not eligible to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for a B-1/B-2 visa with the consulate before any US travel. Individuals are allowed to remain in the US for 6 months at a time while using a B-1/B-2 visa.
How long are B-1/B-2 visas valid for?
10 years usually.
How long can I stay in the US with a B-1/B-2 visa?
Up to 6 months.
If my B-1/B-2 visa is denied, am I able to apply again?