How To Apply B-2 Visa

By Tiara

A nonimmigrant visa is for a specific, limited purpose for your trip to the United States. You must be able to prove that you will leave the country after the visa expires.

With the right b-2 tourist visa, you can stay in the US for up to 90 days. Business travelers use this type of visa most often. The process for applying for a b-2 visa is similar to how you apply for other visas.

There are two main types of business traveler visas: the F-1 student visa and the B-1 tourism vacation visa. This article covers how to prepare for your interview for an F-1 visa but not the B-1 visa.

If you have an existing invitation as part of your job or if your employer can vouch for you as a professional, then you do NOT need to submit additional documents. You already meet the requirement!

That’s why there is no place in the application process where you would normally add a letter of recommendation. Keep reading to learn more about what happens next when you apply for an F-1 visa.

Apply for a visa

how to apply b-2 visa

In general, to apply for a nonimmigrant (for work) visa like the B-2 tourist visa, you will need to first obtain an entry document or “visa” from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This is usually referred to as your I-94 form because it contains your personal information and identification numbers such as your passport number and birth date.

Next, you will have to prove that you have adequate money to support yourself while in the United States. It is very common to be asked about this during the application process, so make sure to prepare answers ahead of time! Many employers require at least two months of full-time employment with pay before they will agree to sponsor you for a visa.

Once you are able to show proof of both your entry documents and self-supporting funds, you can then proceed to complete the formal visa applications.

Provide documentation

how to apply b-2 visa

In order to prove that you are an eligible nonimmigrant for business or tourism, you must show proof of your income. This can be done through documents such as job offers, paychecks, W2s (Employee Tax Returns), etc.

You also need to provide proof of adequate housing and transportation. This is typically shown by having two weeks’ worth of living expenses in your possession. Many countries do not require additional visas once you have this b-2 visa so it is better to overprepare than under!

By having these things ready, you will not have to spend time looking for them while waiting for approval. The process takes around eight days depending on how many documents you are requiring and whether they are certified copies which take longer.

Pay a visa application fee

how to apply b-2 visa

Before you can file for your B-2 visa, you will need to pay an additional application or consultation fees. These fees are not optional! This is a requirement of the United States government in order to allow you to visit our country.

These fees vary depending on if you are applying at a consulate office or embassy level. At the consular level, there is no application form as such. Instead, they discuss your plans and determine whether you qualify for the B-2 visa under certain circumstances.

At the Embassy level, they ask more detailed questions about your plan and what kind of employment you have lined up after arriving in America. They also require proof that you have enough money to stay here while you are visiting us.

Typically, these costs come out of pocket when you apply for the visa. But, you should always check with the American Consulate General or Mission in India first before paying any fees so that you know what to expect.

Respond to the embassy or consulate

how to apply b-2 visa

If you have a qualifying job offer, proof of sufficient income to travel for at least six months, and enough money to stay in Canada while you are here, then you can apply for permission to enter Canada as a business visitor (B-2 visa).

You will need to respond to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your home country where your employment is located along with two documents to prove that you’re seeking entry into Canada as a business traveler.

This article covers what to include in your response and how to prepare it. But first, let us look at some important things you should know about working abroad.

Provide a letter of invitation

In your letter, you must include all of the following information:
A formal invitation or receipt (from an event that is at least two weeks away)
The name of the person giving you the invite
Contact info such as phone number and email address
Confirmation that they will be traveling for business during their stay in the U.S.

It’s also important to note that employers are not allowed to pay for part of the employee’s travel unless it has been approved by the IRS. Make sure to check with both your employer and the IRS before confirming any costs related to the trip.

And don’t forget to mention how long the employee will be staying in the country!

Keep up with our ever changing immigration laws by visiting the latest visa status here. Also, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more tips and tricks.

Meet all requirements

how to apply b-2 visa

The next step in applying for a visa is meeting all of the requirement listed above. You will need to make sure you have everything before you apply, as your application can be denied if you are missing an item.

The process to qualify for this visa requires two people to vouch for you while you are traveling. This means they must testify about how you live and what kind of person you are. They cannot simply say that you made a good impression on them.

Your roommate or partner must also confirm under penalty of law that you will return after your trip and use immigration laws to prevent any undocumented returns. In other words, they have to verify that you do not plan to stay in America longer than your permitted time.

If you’re already living with someone when you apply for this visa, then there is nothing more you need to do at that stage except wait for it to be processed. However, once you travel outside of the country, you will both need to provide proof of residence together.

Stay healthy

how to apply b-2 visa

It is important to stay as health conscious as possible while you are waiting for your visa. You do not want to need emergency medical care because you lack access to adequate healthcare.

It is also helpful to be in good mental shape while waiting for your visa. This can mean keeping busy, exercising daily, and/or practicing yoga or meditation.

Planning time ahead of time will help you relax and feel more prepared for what comes next. Also, make sure to keep track of all appointments so that you don’t forget anything!

In addition to these things, it is essential to be aware of how much medication you have, what kind they are, and whether you should hold onto any extra copies.

Know your health history

how to apply b-2 visa

Before you even apply for this visa, you must make sure that your medical records are in order. Make sure to check with each doctor you have seen about their notes, and that they update your medical files at every visit.

It is also important to know what medications you take so that we can verify that there are no drug reactions or negative effects while on tour. Many countries require proof of medication use when you enter as a tourist, which could prevent you from traveling if we cannot confirm that you are healthy.

We recommend talking to both your primary care physician and any specialists you see on a regular basis about how to best maintain your health during your trip. This way, once you have received your b-2 visa, you can travel with a clear mind!”

Topic and bullet point combination: Medical Evidence

You do not need to be hospitalized, but you must prove that you can live at home and that it is safe to leave without setting a schedule. You do not need to bring your belongings back with you until you have been verified as self-sufficient.

Some examples of things may include having supplies such as food, diapers, and medicine before leaving, making arrangements to return, and confirming plans online or via phone.