The Obama administration is working hard to encourage foreign travelers to get a Tourist Visa for USA.
The current “Discover America” campaign, which includes television commercial in nine countries, ads on the subways in Tokyo and PVC signs in London and Vancouver, is being implemented to attract more foreign visitors to the U.S.
Global travel and tourism has risen in the last ten years, yet U.S. tourism officials claim the number of visitors to the U.S. has decreased by almost a third.
Last year, president Obama announced an executive order to make more tourist visas available, all for the purpose of increasing foreign visits.
What is the tourist visa?
The tourist visa is also known as the B-2 visa. It is used for the following:
- Visits to friends and relatives
- Medical treatment in the U.S.
- Social events
- Amateur participation in musical, sports or similar events
- Enrollment in short-term recreational courses such as cooking classes
While on a tourist visa, travelers are not allowed to study, become employed or seek permanent residence in the U.S.
B-2 visa application
To apply for a tourist visa, it takes several steps. Consulates and embassies will have specific instructions, and this means the order of the steps may vary depending on where a person applies.
These are the steps to getting a B-2 visa:
- Complete Form DS-160
- Upload a passport-style photo
- Pay Fees
- Meet for an interview. (Those 13 and younger and 80 and older will not be required to have an interview.)
Visitor Visa Documents
Before the visitor visa interview, applicants will need to prepare the following documents:
- A passport
- The confirmation page of completion of Form DS-160
- The receipt of the fee payment
- The passport-style photograph submitted