What is a B2 Visa?

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What is a B2 Visa?

A Tourist B2 Visa is a non-immigrant (temporary) visa that is required for a citizen of another country traveling to the U.S. when the purpose of travel is non-business related. Examples for when a B2 visa may be required might include: travel for vacation/leisure, tourism, visiting family and friends, medical treatments, sports, social events, and more.

How to apply for B2 Visa

In order to apply for any non-immigrant visa, including the B2 visa, the traveler must complete a DS-160 form, an application fee, and provide a photo that meets the general requirements. Additionally, an interview with the US Embassy or Consulate will be required if the traveler is between the ages 14-79 (otherwise, it may not be required with exceptions), and the previously listed documents will need to be brought to the interview.

Official documents required for the DS-160 form include the traveler(s) passport, an exact address of the location at which they will be residing during their visit, and if available, the contact information of the person they are visiting in the US.

Aside from the official documents necessary to apply, the traveler must show that they have enough funding for their trip as well as establish their intention to return to their country after the trip. The exact date of return and return ticket do not need to be determined in advance.


The maximum time a tourist visa will remain valid is 6 months. However, an extension of an additional 6 months may be allowed as long as you arrive in the US within the first 6 months. This does not indicate the duration, as that is determined by the Immigration Officer upon initial arrival to the US depending on what is considered a reasonable time for the purpose of the visit.

There is no limit to the number of times you may visit as long as the visa remains valid. The general rule is that a traveler may not exceed a duration of 6 months within a single visit. An extension may be requested by filing an I-539 form, but approval of the extension is not guaranteed.


Each individual in the family must apply for the B2 visa if they intend to travel to the US. However, some members may not be required to partake in an interview depending on their eligibility.

Applying for a visa can often be confusing, but we’re here for you to make the process simple and enjoyable each step of the way. If you have any further questions regarding whether you need a B2 visa or how to apply, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Sethi & Mazaheri to make your travel plans as pleasant as possible.

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