Important B1/B2 Information – Please Read
The B1/B2 Visitor Visa is a nonimmigrant visa that permits travelers to enter the United States for either tourism or business purposes. It is a combination of the B1 Business Visa and the B2 Tourist Visa.
The B2 Visa is intended for persons wishing to go to the United States for tourism or medical treatment. If you wish to travel to the United States for business purposes, you should apply for a B1 visa instead. If you visit the United States on a regular basis for both tourism & business, you can apply for the B1/B2 combination visa.
The B-1/B-2 visa does not confer permanent resident status; it is a temporary visa; nevertheless, the bearer may apply for a green card. 180 days is the maximum duration permitted for a B1/B2 visa.
What is a B1/B2 visa for USA?
B visas are temporary non-immigrant visas for tourists and business travelers affixed to a passport page.
This visa includes business trips, vacations, family visits, conference attendance, and medical treatment. It is the most prevalent visa for entry into the United States. In addition, it is the visa category with the greatest refusal rate. This visa type does not permit employment or study in the United States.
The B1/B2 visa is valid for ten years. It permits you to visit the United States for up to 6 months at a time. Your visa is still valid if you obtain a new passport.
Difference between B1 and B2 Visas
A B1 visa is a temporary business visa for travellers wishing to visit the United States for business purposes such as meetings, training, negotiating contracts, conferences etc..
The B2 visa is for tourist visitors who wish to come to the United States for leisure purposes or medical treatement.
B1/B2 Visa Purposes
You are permitted to travel under a B1/B2 visa for the following reasons but not limited too:
- Conducting business such as contract negotiations and business meetings
- Attending a professional, educational, or business-related conference
- Settling a relatives estate
- Tourism Activities
- Visiting relatives
- Medical Treatment
- Participating in events, such as concerts or classes. (as long as no cash or credit is given to the participant)
To qualify for a B-1 or B-2 visa, the applicant must demonstrate that their trip is temporary and that they have sufficient funds to cover all expenses.
In addition, they must demonstrate that they do not intend to extend their stay in the United States and have not abandoned a residency outside the United States.
Before applying for a B1/B2 visa, you must ensure that you have the following documents:
A passport that is valid for six months beyond your return date.
1 recent digital image that meets the set out specifications.
Evidence of your previous five journeys to the United States, if relevant.
Documentation of sufficient finances to pay the total cost of the trip, including airfare.
Evidence of binding ties to their home country, such as employment or property ownership.
To qualify for a B1 or B2 visa, the applicant must demonstrate that the trip is just temporary.
They have the ability to fund the entire trip on their own.
They must demonstrate that they do not intend to extend their stay in the United States.
Evidence that they have abandoned a residency outside the country.
A B1 Visa allows business travelers to enter the United States. These visas are often provided as a combination of two visas. A B-1 business visitor visa and a B2 tourist visitor visa. Due to this approach, an existing B1 B2 visa issued for a vacation trip may also be valid for a scheduled business trip.
A B1 Business Visitor Visa will be the right kind of visa for the journey if the trip’s aim is solely for business.
As a business traveler in the United States, you are permitted to:
- Organize Negotiations.
- Soliciting purchases or investments.
- Talk about any anticipated purchases or investments.
- Make purchases or investments.
- Attend meetings and thoroughly engage.
The B2 visa is the standard non-immigration visa. This visa is for people wishing to travel to the USA for visits of 6 months or less. If your ESTA application is rejected, the B2-Visa is the first alternative. If you are a student, a non-permanent employee or wish to work as a crew member then you must apply for the appropriate visa.
You may be eligible for a B-2 visa if your major goal of your travel is tourism or any of the following:
B1/B2 Visa Application Process
As part of the application process, you must attend an interview.
- Fill out our online form – ensure you choose ‘B1/B2 Visa’ from the list.
- Provide a photograph to be used for your visa.
- Print the DS-160 confirmation documentation we send to you by email.
- Schedule an interview with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.
You must give digital fingerprint scans. A photograph must be provided for your visa application.
The consular officer may conclude that your application requires additional processing and inform you accordingly.
For detailed information on specific parts of the visa process, you can refer to the links in the table on the right to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
Any foreign national wishing to travel to the United States must have a visa. If a B1/B2 visa is not suitable for your travel, there are several options depending on the purpose of your visit:
Entry To The United States
How long you will have to wait for an interview do vary by location, season, and visa type. You should apply for your visa as soon as possible.
The B1 or B2 visa enables a foreign person to go to a United States port-of-entry. We can ensure your visa application goes smoothly. Please note, visa approval will not guarantee entrance to the USA.
Authorities from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have the right to grant or to refuse entrance to the United States.
B1/B2 Visa Interview Questions
As part of the B visa application process, you should anticipate an interview at the U.S. consular station where you submitted your petition. Before the interview, it is prudent to anticipate questions regarding your application, immigration background, and travel plans from the officer conducting the interview.
These are examples of frequently asked questions:
- What is your reason for visiting?
- Have you visited the United States before?
- When do you plan to travel?
- Have you purchased tickets, including return tickets?
- Which state(s) do you plan to visit?
- Have you been denied a visa earlier?
- Do you have family in the United States?
- Who will be your contact and sponsor in the United States? What
- Where do you plan to stay?
- With whom will you be traveling?
- How long will you stay in the United States?
- Can you demonstrate that you maintain ties with your country of residence?
- What is your occupation?
- Will you be working in the United States?
- What is your yearly salary?
In addition, you may be asked generic questions about your health, personal, and financial conditions. You may bring supporting papers, such as recent bank statements, pay stubs, and mortgage bills, to help answer the questions.
If you over 80 years old or renewing a recently expired B-visa then you may be eligible for an interview waiver.
You do not need to apply for each visa separately. You can apply for the B1/B2 Combination Visitor visa if you intend to travel for both business AND tourism purposes over the next 10 years.
In most cases, you will need an ESTA for any vacations / holidays to America. Every member of your family will require an ESTA, regardless of age. This is valid for 2 years and allows you to visit for as long as 90 days at a time, you can travel to multiple states during this time. Any travel longer than that will require a full visa, such as a B2 Visitor Visa. Additionally, if you are not a national of a visa waiver program country you must apply for a B2 visa.
In some cases you can get an ESTA for a business visit, providing it is for certain business activities such as meeting an investor, discussing a contract, attending a conference etc.. It is okay for the company to pay for any expenses such as accommodation or flights. If you will be paid for any of your time spent in the US, you will need to apply for either a B1 Business Visitor Visa or another of the many work visas available.
Visas only grant travel to the USA, entry is determined by the customs officers at the border. We can increase the chances of a successful application by avoiding any complications with the application and interview process. We ensure your documentation is completed correctly and provide expert advice. You should have no issues with entry as long as you remain truthful on your application.
You can appeal any rejections at the embassy if you feel you were wrongly rejected for your visa application. You may want to seek legal help / advice in this case.
Visa applications are usually rejected due to incorrect or missing information on your forms, which is not an issue when applying on our website.
After a rejection, you must wait 6 months before re-applying.
Once you have a B1-B2 visa, you will be granted authorization to stay in the USA for a starting period of 6 months, which can be extended with further applications up to 10 years maximum validity. Even with a 10 year validity you are only permitted to remain in the USA for 6 months at a time, you must return to your home country for some time and travel back to the USA afterwards.
It is not acceptable to undertake any work or seek employment in the United States while traveling under a B1 B2 visa. You may however undertake certain business activites such as onducting business-related contractual negotiations, attending specialized business-related meetings or conferences, to participate in trade shows, exhibitions etc. & to complete research, tours, inspections, etc. for business purposes.
If your application is successful, you can expect your visa to be processed by the U.S. embassy within 3-5 working days. Then an extra 2-3 working days should be given for courier return of your documents. The time taken to apply for a visa usually comes from the appointment availability which can be anywhere from 1 month to 2 years waiting time depending on your local U.S. Embassy.
The B1 visa is for business, whereas the B2 visa is for leisure. B2 visas are for visitors who are visiting the United States as tourists, to see friends or relatives, or for medical treatment. These two visas have some similarities, such as term and various paperwork. There are significant distinctions between the B1 and B2 visas, which I have discussed in the sections below. Go over all of the topics to gain a better understanding of the B1 and B2 visas.
You can change your B1 B2 visa into a Green Card only under some circumstances. During your time staying in the USA with a B1 B2 visa, you may be eligible to apply for an EB-1 green card only if you fall under extraordinary ability.
There is no precise limit because your visa specifies M (multiple) entries.
You are allowed to enter, exit, and re-enter the United States as many times as you like, as long as the immigration officer is happy with your reason for entering.
I would advise staying in the United States for no more than 182 days every year. It would be as if you spent half a year in the United States, which is not allowed on a B visa.
Every time you enter the United States, a CBP officer will interrogate you more deeply about your visit. You must persuade him that you are not attempting to settle in the United States.
The initial visa period is 6 months and can usually be extended in increments of 6 months at a time. The amount of times you can extend your visa is down to the descretion of the US government and your reasons for extension of US visa applications. You can extend to a maximum of 10 years.
You may visit other countries if your passport does not offer many visa-free entry options. This is of course once you gained a valid US visa.
With a B1 B2 visa you will be able to enter the United States and their territories. You may also be eligible to enter Canada, Mexico, Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador etc.)
You should always check this information with the embassy before travel.
The fee for supporting submitting your visa through this site is $160. A further $160 is the government filing fee for all non-immigrant visas which must be paid during the appointment booking process. This is separate to the initial fee paid on this website. Additional fees are also required for visa extensions.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the federal executive agency in charge of public safety in the country, approximately equivalent to other nations’ interior or home ministries. The organization’s claimed missions include counterterrorism, border security, immigrant and customs protection, cyber security, and disaster management.
It was established as a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which was passed in reaction to the September 11 attacks, and it started operating in 2003. DHS is the third-largest Cabinet agency, after the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, with more than 240,000 employees. The Homeland Security Council coordinates homeland security policies at the White House. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy are additional organisations with important roles in homeland security.
The Department of Homeland Security’s largest federal law enforcement body, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), also serves as the nation’s main border control agency. In addition to collecting import taxes and executing American laws governing commerce, customs, and immigration, it is responsible for regulating and facilitating global trade. One of the biggest law enforcement organizations in the US is CBP. More than 45,600 federal agents and policemen work there. Its main office is in Washington, D.C.