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The Immigration Law Center
B-1 or B-2 application being approved by a US consulate in your home country.
Visiting United States for Business, B-1
The B-1 is a non-immigrant visa visa available to aliens traveling to the U.S
for business or professional reasons. Among other professionals, it is widely
Aliens entering the US to participate in the various conferences, workshops,
seminars, trainings, conventions, negotiations, business meetings, retreats
Aliens who are engaged in the projects carried out in the US;
Aliens entering the US to participate in litigation;
Aliens entering the US to give a guest lecture or speech at a US educational
The B-2 visa is probably the most popular US visa. This non-immigrant
visa is available to aliens traveling to the United States for tourism or
pleasure. If the B-2 visa is for multiple entries, an alien can usually
re-enter the US several times as long as an alien maintains residence
in the foreign country. Additionally, the B-2 visa processing times are
relatively short. Most commonly, B-2 visa is granted to aliens
intending to enter the US to:
Visit friends and relatives in the US, Receive medical treatment in the
US, Tour the US for pleasure.
While the B-2 visa is very common, it is very frequently denied. B-2
visa denial is very frustrating because it usually involves vacation
plans and/or visiting family and friends.
Both B-1 and B-2 visa applicants must:
1) demonstrate an intent to depart at the expiration of their authorized
2) show employment, family, social ties to residence abroad;
3) Adequate financial resources to carry out purpose of a visist, be it
sightseeing or medical treatment.
In most cases, B-2 visa holders are admitted to the US for 6 months,
but this period can be shorter, for example 3 months or even 1 month