Business/Tourist Visas

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Family Visit/Tourist Visa (B2)

Conferences/Business Visa (B1)


Family Visit/Tourist Visa (B2)

FAQ

Overview

The B-2 visa is for travel that is recreational in nature, including tourism, visits with friends or relatives, medical treatment and activities of a fraternal, social or service nature. The B2 visa class is not appropriate for business, conferences or meetings or to perform as an entertainer, musician or technician.

Qualifications

If you apply for a B-2 visa, you must demonstrate to a consular officer that you qualify for a U.S. visa in accordance with the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 214(b) of the INA presumes that every B-2 applicant is an intending immigrant. You must overcome this legal presumption by showing:

  • That the purpose of your trip to the United States is for a temporary visit
  • That you plan to remain in the United States for a specific, limited period of time
  • Evidence of funds to cover your expenses while in the United States
  • That you have a residence outside the United States, as well as other binding social or economic ties, that will ensure your return abroad at the end of your visit

Some nationalities are eligible for B1/B2 combination visas.  For Cubans, the visa types are separate.

Some foreign nationals may be ineligible for visas according to The Immigration and Nationality Act. You can read more about The Immigration and Nationality Act and visa ineligibility here.

Application Items

If you apply for a tourist visa, you must submit the following:

    • An Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160). Visit the DS-160 web page for more information about the DS-160.
    • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
    • One (1) 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) photograph taken within the last six months. This web page has information about the required photo format.

How to apply/IMPORTANT MESSAGE

As a result of reduced staffing, the U.S. government must limit visa processing in Havana.  The U.S. Embassy in Havana will cancel all previously scheduled nonimmigrant visa appointments.  Cuban applicants for U.S. nonimmigrant visas must apply at a different U.S. embassy or consulate.   Please note that nonimmigrant Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fees (also known as visa application fees) are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person or for use in another country.

The U.S. government will provide separate guidance on applicants for U.S. immigrant visas and other immigration services at a later time.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are only one of many factors a consular officer may consider in your interview, and are not usually required in a B2 interview. Consular officers look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural and other factors during adjudication. Consular officers may look at your specific intentions, family situation, and your long-range plans and prospects within your country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law..

Caution: Do not present false documents. Fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent visa ineligibility. If confidentiality is of concern, the applicant should bring the documents to the U.S. Embassy in a sealed envelope. The U.S. Embassy will not make this information available to anyone and will respect the confidentiality of the information.

Supporting Documents for Applicants Seeking Medical Care

If you wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment, then you should be prepared to present the following documentation in addition to the documents listed above and those the consular officer may require:

  • A medical diagnosis from a local physician explaining the nature of your ailment and the reason you require treatment in the United States.
  • A letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States expressing a willingness to treat this specific ailment and detailing the projected length and cost of treatment (including doctors' fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses).
  • A statement of financial responsibility from the individuals or organization paying for your transportation, medical and living expenses. The individuals guaranteeing payment of these expenses must provide proof of their ability to do so, often in the form of bank or other statements of income/savings or certified copies of income tax returns.

More Information

For more information about Family Visit/ Tourist Visa (B2), visit the Department of State's website.

 

Conferences/Business Visa (B1)

FAQ

Overview

Generally, the B-1 visa is for travelers consulting with business associates, attending scientific, religious, educational, professional or business conventions/conferences, settling an estate or negotiating contracts.  The B1 visa category is not appropriate for performers, singers or entertainers who wish to perform in front of an audience in the United States, whether or not the performance is paid.

Qualifications

If you apply for a B-1 visa, you must demonstrate to a consular officer that you qualify for a U.S. visa in accordance with the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 214(b) of the INA presumes that every B-1 applicant is an intending immigrant. You must overcome this legal presumption by showing:

  • That the purpose of your trip to the United States is for a temporary visit, such as business or a conference
  • That you plan to remain in the United States for a specific, limited period of time
  • Evidence of funds to cover your expenses while in the United States
  • That you have a residence outside the United States, as well as other binding social or economic ties, that will ensure your return abroad at the end of your visit

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

As a result of reduced staffing, the U.S. government must limit visa processing in Havana.  The U.S. Embassy in Havana will cancel all previously scheduled nonimmigrant visa appointments.  Cuban applicants for U.S. nonimmigrant visas must apply at a different U.S. embassy or consulate.   Please note that nonimmigrant Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fees (also known as visa application fees) are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person or for use in another country.

The U.S. government will provide separate guidance on applicants for U.S. immigrant visas and other immigration services at a later time.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are only one of many factors a consular officer may consider in your interview. Consular officers look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural and other factors during adjudication. Consular officers may look at your specific intentions, family situation, and your long-range plans and prospects within your country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law.

Caution: Do not present false documents. Fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent visa ineligibility. If confidentiality is of concern, the applicant should bring the documents to the U.S. Embassy in a sealed envelope. The U.S. Embassy will not make this information available to anyone and will respect the confidentiality of the information. Do not fax, email or mail any supporting documents to the U.S. Embassy.

Additionally, based on your purpose of travel, you may consider bringing the following:

      • An invitation letter
      • Your travel itinerary

More Information

For more information about Business/Conference visa (B1), visit the Department of State's website.