B-1 and B-2 VISAS
The largest group of nonimmigrants entering the
United States each year is in the category of
visitors for business (B-1) or visitors for pleasure
(B-2). U.S. immigration law provides for the admission
of an individual under one or both of these categories
who plans to visit the U.S temporarily for business
or pleasure, as long as the applicant has a residence
in a foreign country which he has no intention
of abandoning, and is not coming for the purpose
of study or work. These visas are often issued
together in order to provide the greatest amount
of flexibility to the visitor.
We assist temporary visitors in these categories
to properly prepare for their interviews at the
U.S. consulate of their home country, including
the questions and documentary requirements related
to expenses for travel and lodging, specific plans
for the term of the visit, and the existence of
sufficient family, employment, social and property
ties which will ensure the applicant’s return
to his or her home country upon termination of
the visit. We also represent visitors who seek
extensions of stay in the U.S., as well as those
who may desire to change from a temporary “B”
visa to another visa, as needs change over time.
B-1 and B-2 visas
are outlined below.
• You can enter and re-enter the U.S.
freely during the term of the visa.
• B-1 and B-2 visas can be issued quickly
in most countries.
• B-1 and B-2 visas are often issued for
extended terms, allowing you to make many trips
to the U.S. without any additional applications.
B-1/B-2 Visa Prerequisites
• You must prove that you have sufficient
family, employment, social and property ties
to your home country, and thus will return to
home country in order to qualify for a B-1 or
• You may not work, live permanently,
or study in the U.S. with a B-1 or B-2 visa,
except for a short course of study that is incidental
to the purpose of your trip.
• The length of each visit to the U.S.
is normally limited to six months, after which
you must apply for an extension to remain in
the U.S., with a maximum stay of one year for
any single visit.