The B-1/B-2 visa is a temporary, non-immigrant visa that allows the holder to travel to the United States for either business or tourism purposes.
Almost all reasons for temporary travel are covered by B visas except student travel, which is covered under F-1 visas. The B-1 visa covers business trips, while the B-2 visa covers tourism, such as vacation or visiting family.
Why apply for a Business Visa?
The B1/B2 visa covers a variety of reasons for travel to the United States that includes both business and tourism/non-business purposes.
Reasons for travel under a B1/B2 visa include but are not limited to:
- Conducting business, such as negotiating a contract or attending business meetings
- Attending a conference relevant to a profession, education, or current business endeavor
- Settling a relative’s estate
- Engaging in tourist activities or take a vacation
- Visiting family
- Receiving medical treatment
- Attending or taking part in events, such as concerts or classes, as long as there is no payment or credit given to the attendee.
To be eligible for a B-1 or B-2 visa, the applicant must prove that the travel is temporary and they have the ability to self-fund all costs of the trip. Additionally, they must prove that they have no intent of remaining in the United States beyond their stay and abandoning a residence outside of the United States.