Obtaining a Visitor Visa: B-1/B-2
Houston Temporary Visa Attorney
If you or someone you know is planning a short trip to the United States,
you must obtain a temporary visitor visa. The temporary visitor visa is
a non-immigrant visa designed for people who wish to come to the United
State for business, tourism, pleasure or visiting. If you are a foreign
national wishing to obtain a temporary visitor visa or if you are currently
in the U.S. and need advice on how to apply for extensions or other visa
options, an experienced Houston immigration attorney can provide you with
the legal guidance you need.
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Business B-1 Visas
The business visa—otherwise referred to as the B-1 visa—is
used for individuals who wish to travel to the United States to engage
in temporary, business related activities.
- Qualified Activities for a Business Visa Include:
- Settling an Estate
- Negotiating a Contract
- Scientific, Educational, Professional or Business conventions
- Documents Required for B-1/B-2 Visas:
Form DS-160: this is the visa application. You can
apply online at the US Department of State.
Your Passport: Your passport must not expire for at least six months past the extent of
your intended visit in the United States.
Photo of Yourself: You will need to provide a US passport style photo of yourself in addition
to the passport photo.
Documents Showing the Purpose of Trip: This could be your itinerary, tickets for activities, hotel reservations.
You should also include the plane, boat, train or bus ticket for your
Evidence You Will Return Home: Examples of proof you plan to return home could be your mortgage, long-term
apartment lease, marriage or other close relationship with those staying
in your country. You could also include documentation that a job will
be waiting for you when you return from your trip.
Ability to Cover Expenses: This could be bank statements with accessible cash, personal finance statements
or paystubs from a current employer. If you are staying with a friend
you could also bring a letter or email from them inviting you to stay with them
Foreign missionaries and certain ministers may also obtain temporary business
visas where appropriate. In addition to foreign missionaries, medical
students may also apply for a B-1 visa status if they are traveling to
the U.S. for an unpaid observing internship.
Tourism and Visitor B-2 Visas
For those with an interest in coming to the United State purely for pleasure
or tourism, the B-2 visa classification is the option they should choose.
- Common Activities That Would Qualify Under a B-2 Visa:
- Social Visits
- Amateur Sports
- Music Events
- Certain Medical Treatments
- Required Documents for B-1 Visas:
Employer Letter for B-1 Visa: Your employer should write a letter explaining you job duties and what
you plan to do in the US on your business trip. This letter should include
the dates you planned on returning to your country.
Business Documents: If you are attending a trade show or convention during the duration of
your stay, you may want to include a flyer or tickets to the event.
In order to qualify for a visitor visa, applicants must have the ability
to prove their visit is purely temporary and for the activities permitted
under a B-2 visa. If they are traveling for medical treatments they must
possess documentation of the need for the treatment and the financial
ability to pay for the treatment.
Get the Legal Guidance You Need
If you live outside the U.S. and need assistance obtaining a non-immigration
visa, our Houston attorneys can help you. Many people get denied due to
incomplete applications or insufficient proof they plan to return to their
country. By enlisting an experienced Houston immigration attorney to assist
you with this process, you can greatly increase the possibility of being
approved for your B-1/B-2 visa.
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