Visiting the United States as a Tourist

Many people ask us, “What kind of visa do I need to visit the United States?” Depending on the reason of your visit, there are a variety of different visas offered for different types of visits. If you are visiting the United States as a tourist, the B visa is the right one for this type of trip.

The tourism/visitor  B-2 visa is for the following purposes:

  • tourism
  • vacation (holiday)
  • visit with friends or relatives
  • medical treatment
  • participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
  • participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
  • enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation)
    (U.S. Department of State)

There are a few steps required to apply for this visa. First you must fill out an online application and schedule your interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The wait times for an interview are different for every location, so make sure you start your visa application early so that you have enough time for each of the steps.

Form DS-160 is the where you will begin your application process. Make sure you have your current Passport ready and a photo of yourself that matches the government requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 months longer than your intended stay in the United States.

After this step, additional documents may be requested to prove the purpose of your trip, the duration of your trip, proof of roundtrip airfare, and evidence of financial ability to pay for expenses related to traveling. Other evidence that may be required can include: paperwork showing your ties to your home country, including information about school or work, as well as documentation of your tourism plans within the United States.

If you need help putting together the proper documents, send us an email, and we will help you to put together an organized packet with all of the information required for obtaining your tourist visa to the United States.

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