Business or pleasure, what's your choice. The B-2 visa is the ideal
entry pass for tourists interested in seeing the many splendorous sites
of the US The B-2 Visa is issued for pleasure trips for a brief period
of time, and may also be granted to spouses, children and parents of B-1
Visa holders. So what, officially, is the definition of the term,
'pleasure'? The State Department defines the term as legitimate
activities of a recreational character, including tourism, amusement,
visits to friends and/or relatives, rest, medical treatment and
activities of a social or service nature. The B-2 Visa can also be used
by foreign students wishing to visit or tour US schools prior to
enrollment. You should make sure to inform the embassy or consulate of
your intentions when you receive the B-1 Visa. You may then be able to
change your status at a later time without leaving the US
You may apply for a B-2 visa at the American Embassy or Consulate in
your region or nation. We recommend you do not apply at a US Consular
Office outside of your permanent residence, since that process is more
difficult. You can apply at the Consular Office of the Embassy or
Consulate General nearest your residence, or use one of the following
Authorized travel agencies: Travel agencies
approved by the US Embassy in your region or nation may submit visa
applications for you.
The VIP Business Program: Your enterprise can
register with the VIP Business Program if it repeatedly sends employees
to the US Your appearance may be waived, if your application was
submitted by an approved business.
By drop box: Individuals who travel extensively,
or have recently received a validated visa, may use the drop box in the
embassy or consulate. Applications at drop boxes should be completed
You may still need to apply in person. Further, there may
be delays in this process due to cross-checking information at the
Washington, D.C. database.
To apply for a B-2 Visa, you must supply the following documents:
A filled-in visa application Form DS-156.
Two recent photographs 1 & 1/2 inches square
(37mm x 37mm) of each applicant, with the entire face visible. The
picture should be taken before a light background and without head
A passport, valid for travel to the United States for at least six months longer than your intended visit.
You may also be asked to provide the following documents:
Evidence showing the purpose of your trip. You
may show a letter sent by the company explaining the purpose and length
of the trip. You may also show letters from relatives or friends that
you intend to visit.
If you are traveling to the US for medical
purposes, you should have a statement from a doctor or medical
institution about your treatment.
A copy of a tour itinerary.
Proof of your intention to leave the US after a
temporary visit. Round-trip air tickets will show intent to return to
your home country.
Proof that arrangements have been made to cover
the cost of your trip. An affidavit of support may be required for
children who are traveling.
If you do not have enough funds to support
yourself while in the US, you must provide evidence that an interested
person will provide support. You may also provide evidence that
establishes your ties with the sponsor.
evidence that an interested person will provide support. You may also
provide evidence that establishes your ties with the sponsor .
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING B-2 VISA PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION REGARDING THIS VISA OR OTHER IMMIGRATION ISSUES.