There are many reasons why people from all over the world travel to the United States. From the historical monuments and natural wonders to its beaches, entertainment destinations, and amusement parks, the United States draws millions of tourists every year from all over the globe. Many visitors to the United States can enter with a machine-readable passport. Some, however, require a visa to legally enter the country. It is necessary for all potential visitors to determine if they need a visa and if so, what type of visa they need.
Dealing with the immigration process can be overwhelming at times. There are so many different types of documents and qualifications to keep track of, and any one mistake can end up disrupting one’s future plans and opportunities. To ensure that your immigration issues are dealt with properly and efficiently, get in touch with the dependable Texas immigration law attorneys at Peek & Toland, PLLC You can reach them at (512) 474-4445.
Do You Need a Visa?
Whether or not you need a visa often depends on what country you are from and what your intentions are. If you are planning on working while you are in the United States, you will need a business visa or work permit. If, however, you are only visiting for pleasure, you might not need a visa at all. There are many countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden that have a relationship with the United States, which allows tourists to visit for less than 90 days with only their passport. All potential visitors would be well advised to check with their local U.S. embassy before purchasing tickets or organizing their trip.
When to Use a B-2 Visa
For visitors who plan on visiting for an extended period of time and for those who are from countries that are not in the Visa Waiver Program, a B-2 Visitor Visa will be required. You may use a B-2 Visitor Visa for:
- Medical treatment
- Visit with family or friends
- Social event participation involving service, fraternal, or social organizations
- Amateur participation in musical or sporting events or contests. If you are paid to participate, you will need a different type of visa.
- Enrollment in a short course of study that does not result in credit toward a degree. For example, you can obtain a B-2 temporary visa to take a short cooking class while on vacation.
Maximizing Your Chances
You must have evidence clearly showing the purpose of your trip, your itinerary, and the time period for which you will be in the country. To obtain a tourist visa, you must also show that you have enough funding to cover your round-trip ticket and expenses related to food and accommodation. You must also show evidence of having a residence outside the U.S. and binding familial or economic ties that will ensure your return to your home country.
Terms and Conditions
It is important to avoid nonrefundable ticket purchases when applying for a visa. The application process can prove complex and lengthy. A skilled Austin visa attorney can help increase your chances of succeeding with your application. Dealing with immigration officials can be challenging.
Once you receive your visitor visa, you will be allowed to visit until your visa expires, but you will not be allowed to work. For purposes of business or work, you will need a business visa. Furthermore, your visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has the authority to deny admission and immigration officials can deny admission at a port of entry. This is why it can prove useful to have an experienced attorney from Peek & Toland, PLLC on your side who will guide you every step of the way.