USA and the UK
What is a B-2 Tourist Visa?
The B2 Tourist Visa is designed for those who wish to travel to the United States as a tourist, or for medical treatment.
With this visa, you will be able to see family and friends in the United States and visit famous landmarks and cities throughout our great country.
What do I Need to Know About the B2 Tourist Visa USA?
The B2 Visa is mainly for the purposes of tourism, making it one of the most popular U.S. visas of all.
Those who wish to receive medical treatment in the United States can also apply for the B2 Visa.
The B2 Visa is one of the U.S. Visitor Visas, along with the B1 Visa. The B1 Visa is for those who wish to travel to the U.S. on business.
There is no annual cap imposed on the number of people who can receive a B2 Tourist Visa, which means the processing time for this visa is relatively quick.
Who is Eligible for the B2 Tourist Visa?
You could be eligible for the B2 Tourist Visa in the following circumstances:
- To go on holiday to the USA
- To visit family and friends in the U.S.
- To participate in social events hosted by certain organisations
- To participate in events or contests related to music or sport (and not receive payment)
- To visit the U.S. for medical treatment
- To enrol in a short study course
Anyone who wishes to visit the United States must have the financial means to support them whilst they are in the United States, and agree to abide by the rules of the B2 Visa.
B2 Tourist Visa Application Process
The most fundamental steps in the B2 Tourist Visa application process are as follows:
- Submit Form DS-160
- Pay the visa fee
- Schedule the U.S. tourist visa interview
- Gather documents together to form portfolio of evidence
- Attend the immigration interview
How do I Submit Form DS-160?
The completion of the DS-160 Form is the first step in the B2 Tourist Visa application.
The applicant will need to provide personal information in the form, and will also need to explain the purpose of their visit.
After the application has been completed, a verification page will be displayed which you must print out. This page will need to be included in your bundle of documents to present the U.S. authorities.
What are the Required Documents for a B2 U.S. Tourist Visa Application?
There are a number of documents which you must bring with you to the U.S. embassy for your interview.
The specific documents which you will need to provide will depend on your particular circumstances. For instance, if you are visiting the U.S. for medical purposes you will need to provide medical documents, which you wouldn’t otherwise need to.
Still, the following documents will need to be provided in B2 Tourist Visa applications:
- A valid passport
- A photo which meets US visa guidelines
- Interview confirmation page
- Confirmation page and code for Form DS-160
- Receipt of the paid visa fees
- A letter which describes the purpose of your visit to the U.S.
- Financial or bank statements which prove you have the money to finance your trip to the U.S.. You must have at least $266 for each day of your proposed stay
- Documents showing your ties to your home country, demonstrating your obligation to return home. (This could take the form of a job contract or a property deed)
- An optional visitor visa invitation letter from family or a friend in the U.S. to strengthen your application
- A criminal record document or letter stating you do not have any previous criminal convictions
- Workers need to provide a letter from their employer and payslips for the previous three months
- Photocopies of relative’s status in the U.S. (if applicable)
- A list of the social media you use, including the name of your account for each of them
U.S. Tourist Visa Interview
Anyone who wishes to visit the USA as a tourist must schedule (and attend) an immigration interview.
This interview must be scheduled at the U.S. embassy or consulate of the foreign national’s home country.
There is usually a high workload for embassy officials to contend with, so it is highly advisable to book the interview at the interview as soon as possible.
Once the interview has been confirmed, an interview confirmation letter will be sent to the applicant, which they must bring to the interview.
The U.S. embassy official will ask you questions about your background and application. They will check through your portfolio of documents to ensure that you meet the requirements for the B2 Visa.
It is vitally important that you provide all the required information and documents at the interview. Failure to do so could result in the official rejecting your application.
What is the fee for a B2 Tourist Visa?
The current application fee for a B2 Tourist Visa is $160. This fee must be paid in order for the application to reach the next stage in the process.
An applicant may also need to pay further fees, depending on where they are applying from. If the applicant needs to pay visa insurance fees, these must also be paid before the application can reach the next stage in the process.
B2 Tourist Visa Processing Time
There is no specific processing time for the B2 Tourist Visa. The processing time depends on the workload as well as the embassy which the applicant is applying through.
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A B2 Visa is designed for pleasure visitors. This means it can be used to spend a short time in the U.S. either for vacation or for health-related purposes.
You can use this permit to take part in recreational activities, such as:
- Social events;
- Unpaid participation in art and sport performances;
- Short-term course of study not related to an academic degree.
The cost of this visa is $160, plus an additional issuance fee.
To be eligible, you must demonstrate that you meet the B2 Visa requirements. Consequently, you must prove that:
- You wish to enter the U.S. as a temporary visitor;
- You have adequate funds to cover your trip and your stay;
- You have a residence outside the U.S., and you do not wish to abandon it;
- You have strong ties with your home country, such as regular employment or family.
Moreover, you must prove your status as a visitor.
The U.S. immigration law assumes that every alien entering the country has immigrant intents. A “visitor” is a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the U.S. under a non-immigrant visa. Your stay in the country is supposed to be temporary, either for business (B1) or pleasure (B2), or a combination of both these purposes (B1/B2).
If you meet specific requirements, you can use your B-2 Visa to receive medical therapies in the U.S.
First of all, you must show that your therapy or medication is not available in your home country. Moreover, you must provide proof that you can afford to pay the costs of U.S. healthcare.
Your U.S. Embassy or Consulate may ask you to undergo several medical exams. Besides, you must support your application providing the following evidence:
- A letter from your local physician explaining the nature of your illness and the recommended treatment;
- The reason why this treatment is not available in your home country;
- Your doctor’s recommendation to seek U.S. medical care;
- A U.S. doctor’s willingness to accept you as a patient;
- The estimated cost of all the needed medical procedures.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control will approve your stay only if your disease is not considered to be of “public health significance”.
The first step of your B2 Visa application is to fill out an online Form DS-160. If your request is approved, you will be summoned for an interview at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
At this stage of the process, you must bring you all your supporting documents, such as:
- The confirmation page of your filed Form DS-160;
- Your B2 visa application fee receipt;
- A copy of your passport;
- All the adequate evidence of the purpose of your trip. You may include a travel itinerary completed with hotel booking confirmations.
- Proof that you will return to your home country. For example, your plane return tickets or the confirmation that you have a long-term lease on an apartment;
- Evidence that you can cover your travel expenses.
At the time of your interview, the USCIS may ask you to prove that you are not going to seek employment or rely on U.S. welfare. To support your cause, you can present your bank statements showing your available income or any proof of your current salary.
It is essential to apply for it at least 42 days before your authorized stay expires. However, you need to wait at least three months after your arrival in the U.S. before you can request a B2 Visa extension.
You must be sure to attach a written statement of the reason why you wish to spend more time in the country. You will also need to pay a B2 visa extension fee of $370.
The B2 Visa is a temporary non-immigrant permit to stay in the U.S. for a short time. Thus, your family members are not eligible for a dependent visa.
You can get married in the U.S. with your partner while on a B1/B2 Visitor Visa. However, this will no grant your permanent residence in the country nor a B2 Visa extension.
If you are already living in the U.S. in a different status, you can apply for a B2 Visa for your relatives. As a U.S. resident, you will be responsible for sponsoring your dependents and for arranging their applications. If you want to bring your spouse to the U.S., you can also apply for a K3 nonimmigrant Spouse Visa.
Your lawyer can help you write a perfect invitation letter for your family to support your petition.
Our team is made up of qualified immigration lawyers who can provide you with the best visa application guidance.
If you are seeking medical treatment in the U.S., your lawyer will:
- Perform a full document check to ensure that your case meets the B2 Visa requirements;
- Review if you need a translation for every medical evidence that is not written in English;
- Liaise with your local doctor and your chosen physician in the U.S. to ensure that your medical documentation is in order.
If you want to submit your B2 Visa application for pleasure purposes, we will be happy to follow your case as well. Our services include:
- Review your B2 Visa documentation;
- Checking you have sufficient proof of strong ties with your home country;
- Completing all your application forms;
- Following your case if you need to apply for a B2 Visa extension.
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It is possible to extend the B2 Visa for an additional six months, meaning that you can stay for a maximum of one year in the U.S. under a B2 Visa.
You need to apply for the extension at least 42 days before the expiration of your I-94. The I-94 is the document which will be attached to your passport when you were permitted entry into the U.S..
You cannot apply for an extension within the first three months of your stay in the United States.
You need to submit the following documents if you wish to extend the B2 Visa:
- Completed I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status form
- Valid passport
- Written statement on reason behind the wish to extend
- Evidence to show you can support yourself financially
- A payment of $370 for the B2 extension fee
- Original or photocopy of I-94
You will not be able to get a Green Card through the U.S. Tourist Visa. The B2 Visa is a temporary visa, which means it is not a form of permanent residence.
You will need to return to your home country to begin a Green Card application.