Exciting landscapes, historical landmarks, and natural wonders, they draw hundreds of millions of tourists to the U.S. each year.
With a B-2 visa, you can travel to the U.S. and experience what the country has to offer.
The U.S. welcomes tourism. After all, tourism is the world’s largest industry.
B-2 Visa Process
Before looking into the B-2 visa process, make sure that the B-2 is in fact the visa you will need. If you are at any time going to engage in business or professional meetings, in employment, in formal education/training while in the U.S., you will need to apply for the B-1 business visa instead.
The B-2 visa is only used for the following purposes:
- For tourism
- For vacations
- For visits with friends
- For medical treatment
- For social events
- For involvement in amateur musical and sporting events
- For short recreational courses of study
If you are sure that you are only traveling to the U.S. for the above reasons, then the B-2 visa is probably for you. However, it is important to point out that people from certain countries are exempt from having to get a visa if they are only traveling to the U.S. for tourism. This is a program called the Visa Waiver Program, VWP. The following are the current countries in VWP:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
If you are from one of the above countries, you will likely only need a valid passport. Check with your country to see what is required for international travel.
If you are not from one of the countries in the WVP program, then you will have to apply for a B-2 visa at a U.S. consular office. The following is the process:
Step 1: File Form DS-160 Online and upload a photo (See photo requirements)
Step 2: Schedule Interview (Generally, only people between the ages of 14-79 are required to have an interview)
Step 3: Attend interview. Bring a valid passport, your Form DS-160 confirmation page, Application fee payment receipt, and photo uploaded. Be prepared to explain the reason for your trip, how long your trip will be, and the cost of your trip. Proof will likely be required. Be sure to review your specific consular office’s requirements. They may vary.