Green Cards (Common)
National Interest Waivers
Professors & Researchers
Executives & Managers
PERM Labor Certification
Investors (EB-5 visas)
Family (Spouse, etc.)
Work Visas (Common)
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
TN Canadians & Mexicans
J-1 Visa Holders
Nurses & Physical Therapists
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. The B-2 "tourist" visa is a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa for persons seeking to enter the United States temporarily for pleasure or medical treatment. The visa allows a foreign citizen, to travel to the United States port-of entry and request permission of the U.S. immigration inspector to enter the United States
Foreign travelers who are citizens from certain eligible countries may be able to visit the United States without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program.
As a B-2 visitor for pleasure, you may travel for recreation, engage in tourism, visit friends or relatives, rest, receive medical treatment, and take part in activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature. Visitors are not permitted to accept employment during their stay in the United States.
If you plan to travel to the United States for a different purpose such as students, temporary workers, crewmen, journalists, or other activities not included in the B-2 tourist visitor visa, you must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category.
Representatives of the foreign press, radio, film, journalists or other media require a nonimmigrant media visa (called an I visa) if they will be working in that vocation while in the United States. Members of the media cannot travel to the United States using a visitor visa or on the visa waiver program.
Applicants for a B-2 tourist visa must show that they qualify under U.S. law. The presumption in the law is that every visa applicant intends to stay permanently in the United States. When applying for a tourist visa, you must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:
In addition to the documentation described above, the following documentation is also required if you are seeking medical treatment in the United States:
If you wish to stay beyond the time indicated on your Form I-94, you must file an application to extend your stay with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The decision to grant or deny a request for extension of stay is made solely by the USCIS. You can learn more about extensions of stay on the USCIS website.