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Do you want to enter the United States temporarily for either business, pleasure, medical treatment, or other special circumstances? If so, a B-1/B-2 visitor visa or a border crossing card may be appropriate for you. Iyer PLLC can help you through the visa application process, the visa interview, and any waivers if necessary. When your case is handled by Iyer PLLC, you can be sure that you are getting the highest quality help.
Obtaining a Visitor Visa
Generally, a visitor visa permits the holder to enter the United States temporarily for some defined purpose, whether business, pleasure, medical treatment, or other special circumstances. Provided that the stay actually has a time limitation and is not indefinite, the actual duration of a visa holder’s stay may exceed six months or even a year. To apply, the noncitizen must apply for a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 visa, or a border crossing card, from the Department of State. Most applicants will apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. If successful, the applicant will receive a visitor visa stamp or a border crossing card permitting her to enter the United States as a visitor.
You may consider applying for a visitor visa if you want to enter the United States:
- to attend business conventions, conferences, consultations, and other legitimate activities of a commercial or professional nature;
- to negotiate contracts;
- to consult with business associates;
- for tourism or family visits;
- for medical treatment;
- to participate in conventions, conferences, or convocations of fraternal, social, or service organizations;
- as a dependent of a member of the U.S. military;
- for a short course of study incidental to the primary purpose of tourism;
- as an amateur entertainer or athlete;
- to facilitate automatic naturalization; or
- as a domestic worker.
- for one of the other defined special purposes.
Types of Visitor Visas
Visitor visas include B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 visas, as well as border crossing cards. Generally, each visitor visa is subject to the same requirements, although the purpose for which the visa is issued may vary significantly depending on the holder’s personal circumstances.
B-1 Visas for Business
Generally, B-1 visas allow individuals to temporarily conduct certain legitimate business activities in the United States.
The types of business that may permit a person to receive this type of visa include:
- Business meetings with partners
- Negotiating contracts and deals
- Estate planning matters
- Business conferences in your field
B-2 Visas for Pleasure
Generally, B-2 visas are granted to those seeking to enter the United States for tourism, medical treatment, or other special purposes.
Applying for a Visitor Visa
The exact application process for a visitor visa may differ depending on your country of origin, but most individuals must apply for a visitor visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country on Form DS-160, along with the necessary evidence. However, citizens of certain countries may be exempt from applying for a visitor visa under the Visa Waiver Program.
While further documents are sometimes required, the documents that you must have to successfully complete this process include:
- A properly completed Form DS-160PhotographPassport with proper validity
- Proof of fee payment
Talk to a Lawyer Today for Help with the Visitor Visa Process
Obtaining a visitor visa does not have to be confusing. Our experienced lawyer can help you obtain a visitor visa. We proudly serve our clients and we offer legal advice in English and Spanish. Our legal team has the knowledge to help you with your visa application. We can explain the process to you and guide you through every step of the way to obtaining your visitor visa.
Call (832) 430-3167 today to see if we can help.