B2: Visitor Visas in Texas
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B-2: Visitors for pleasure
B-2 visas are temporary visas provided to visitors to the U.S. for the purpose of pleasure, tourism, or medical treatment in the U.S. Some examples of reasons a foreigner may apply for a B-2 visa include, a temporary vacation, to visit relatives, to rest or to receive medical treatment in the U.S. Those who apply for B-2 visas will be required to show they have sufficient evidence of social, economic or family ties to their home country ensuring their eventual departure from the U.S. and return home.
The Visa Waiver Program
Not all foreign nationals visiting the U.S. are required to obtain a visa. The U.S. participates in a Visa Waiver Program, which allows foreign nationals from participating countries to stay for up to 90 days in the U.S. without a visa. The following countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program:
Qualifying for a Visitor Visa
There are specific requirements which must be met by applicants to qualify for a visitor visa under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The consular officer at the embassy or consulate will determine whether a foreign national qualifies for a visa.
The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:
- The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment;
- That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
- Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States;
- Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad; and
- That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.
Visitor Visa Application Process
Applicants for visitor visas should generally apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence. Visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of review than in the past so it is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date.
An interview at the embassy consular section is required for visa applicants from age 14 through 79. Those younger than 13 and older than 80, generally are not required to interview, unless requested by the embassy or consulate. It is highly encouraged a visitor begin the application process early, as the wait time for an interview appointment can vary.
Applicants for a visitor visa will also be required to perform an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan.