Entering the United States in any capacity usually requires foreign nationals to obtain a visa. Nationals of certain countries who are party to the Visa Waiver program do not have to get a visa, but still are required to fulfill certain requirements, and you can read more about that here.
A U.S. visit that is temporary and used for certain types of limited business activities, for medical treatment, or merely for pleasure, typically require a visitor visa.
The B-1 visa is appropriate for certain activities related to commercial transactions, and in certain cases can be used in the same way an H-1B visa would, albeit without a remuneration component. The B-2 visa, intended for traveling for pleasure, is most often used for tourism, social/family visits, certain medical treatments, and participation in amateur sports (note, it cannot be used for sports academies bringing in full-time students and athletes), music, and similar events. This category is also used for domestic partners not in an officially recognized marriage, to accompany their qualifying partners to the United States.
B-1/B-2 visitors are allowed to stay in the United States up one year, with the potential in some cases to extend the visit another six months; however, an initial admission period of six months is typical. The period of admission is determined at the port of entry.
- Alien has a residence in a foreign country, but need not own a home
- Alien has no intention of abandoning their residence abroad
- Visiting temporarily for business or pleasure. Business activities are of a restricted nature.
- Must be able to show employment, family, social ties to residence abroad.
- Financial arrangements sufficient to support alien throughout length of stay in the U.S.
- Documentation showing all of the above
How Can Bull City Lawyer Help You?
- Bull City Lawyer will guide you through your B-1/B-2 options.
- To US-based clients we can help with change of status and extensions for the B-1/B-2 category, where that is possible
- To clients outside of the US we give advice related to B-1/B-2 visa applications at U.S. consulates. We can assist in appropriate cases involving prior denials and prior immigration violations.