B2 Visa

This is a typical Tourist visa, which allows individuals to come into the United States for a limited period of time to engage in tourist activities. Individuals from ESTA/Visa Waiver countries generally should use the ESTA process for tourism. This can be done at any port of entry into the country and is completely automated. Foreign nationals who wish to travel for leisure but do not qualify for an ESTA/Visa Waiver must have a valid tourist visa in their possession before arriving in the country. Tourist activities are not solely limited to tourism. The following activities may also qualify for this type of visa:

● Tourism

● Vacation (holiday);

● Visit with friends or relatives;

● Medical treatment;

● Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations;

● Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating; and

● Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).

The B2 visa is similar to the B1 visa, in that a short visit is normally limited to six months, with a one-year maximum permitted by law. However, these visas may remain valid for return trips depending on your nationality. For some nationalities, you will qualify for a ten-year visa with multiple entries, though for others, you may only qualify for a single-entry visa valid for three months. The visa fee will also vary depending on your nationality, with some costing absolutely nothing and others costing as much as $350.

The application process varies by Consulate, however, you can generally submit a DS-160 application online and then schedule an interview. You should know your final date of status so that you can file an extension in advance should you need more time to complete your tourist goals. If you do not have a stamp you will need to check your digital I-94, which is available online through the CBP website using your passport number and date of birth.