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Visiting the USA - B Travel Visa : US Visas
Visiting the USA - B Travel Visa
The US visitor’s visa (B class) covers citizens of foreign countries who wish to travel to the United States for personal or limited business-related activities. This includes:
1) it is non-immigrant temporary visa and
2) individuals travelling under B class status are not allowed to work or receive any sort of income or compensation from a US-based source.
B-1 Visa, Business Visitors
Who is CoveredIf you intention is to come to the US for short-term business purposes, you will need to apply for B-1 status. This includes activities such as:
Who is not CoveredThe B-1 visa is not a work visa. At no time can anyone travelling under B-1 status receive a salary or compensation from a US-based company other than reimbursement of expenses specifically related to travel.
Representatives of foreign media—press, radio, film, etc.—who will be engaged in media activities whilst in the US will not be allowed entry using a B-1, but will need to obtain an I class media visa. Journalists and information media personnel are also exempt from traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (see below).
The B-1 also excludes construction workers. Individuals travelling on a B-1 may not perform construction work of any kind. They can however provide short-term supervision or training for US construction workers.
B-2 Visa, Pleasure, Tourism, and Medical VisitorsIndividuals wishing to come to the US for pleasure or medical treatment reasons require the B-2 to gain entry. This includes activities like holiday and tourism, visiting friends and family, and receiving medical treatment. Individuals traveling under B-2 status are not allowed to work or receive wages or compensation from a US-based firm.
How to Apply
The application process varies slightly from country to country; for information specific to your country, you can seek information online or contact your local US Embassy.
Visa Waiver ProgramThe Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals of certain countries to travel to the US for personal reasons for 90 days or less without a visa. There are currently 25 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. To see if your country is included, visit: http://travel.state.gov.
Individuals traveling under the Visa Waiver Program are required to
1) have a passport with an expiry date at least six months after specified end of visit and
2) meet ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) requirements.
Please note: US Immigration retains the right to turn away anyone seeking entry if they are not fully satisfied of truth of intent. This includes individuals traveling via the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, it is advisable to obtain a visa to eliminate any potential difficulties.
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