The B2 visa is available for tourist activities, such as sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, obtaining medical treatment, attending conferences and meetings.
Note: Persons planning to travel to the U.S. for a different purpose such as studies, work, etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category.
B2 Visa is appropriate for:
Foreign nationals planning to:
Tour and visit friends and relatives in the U.S.
Undergo medical care in the U.S.
Participate in conventions, conferences, or convocations of fraternal or social organizations in the U.S.
Foreign members of the U.S. armed forces temporarily assigned duty in the U.S.
Crewmembers on D-1
Foreign nationals for whom no derivative classification is available, e.g. elderly parents of E-1
Foreign nationals applying for special naturalization benefits, on the basis of U.S. military service
Amateur entertainer or group of entertainers to perform in:
A social and/or charitable context in the U.S. for which they will receive no payment other than incidental expenses
A competition or talent show in the U.S. for which they will receive no payment other than incidental expenses
An amateur athlete or group of athletes competing in an athletic event for which they will receive no payment other than incidental expenses
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Benefits of the B2 Visa
You do not require an approved visa petition from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to apply for the B2 visa
You can apply for a B2 visa in person at a Consulate nearest to your residence
You do not require a sponsor to apply for the B2 visa
B2 visa is quicker and easier to obtain
Requirements for the B2 Visa
To qualify for the B2 travel visa, you must prove that:
The purpose of your trip is to tour the U.S.
You have a permanent residence in your home country that you have no intention of abandoning
You have binding ties to your home country in the form of property, family, or a permanent job
You are not coming to the U.S. to provide services or engage in business activities that are primarily for the benefit of a U.S. employer
You have sufficient financial resources to fund the trip including all travel, accommodation and living expenses during your stay in the U.S. If you do not have sufficient financial resources to fund the trip, a sponsor must provide evidence that he/she will provide support