A visitor’s visa is a visa obtained by someone, who wishes to visit another country for a particular purpose. Before you can go into another country as a foreigner, you must get a visa which could be an immigrant visa for a permanent stay or a non-immigrant visa for a temporary stay.
A visitor’s visa is a non-immigrant visa for someone who wishes to travel to the U.S for a business transaction, tourism, or a combination of both.
Below are some examples of activities that are permitted when you have a visitors visa:
1. Tourism (B-2)
2. Business (B-1)
Travel reasons not allowed on visitor’s visa
You can’t obtain a visitor’s visa if you are traveling for the sole aim of giving birth in the U.S, just to obtain united states citizenship for your child.
How to Apply for a visitor’s visa
Applying for a visa comes in different ways. The procedures involved in obtaining a visitor’s visa all depend on the embassy or Consulate. Below are some tips to guide you while applying for a visa.
1.Complete the Online Visa Application
The first step is to fill out the application form and upload your picture based on the uploading format. After which you print out the form confirmation page which you will come with for the interview.
2.Schedule an Interview
Once you are done filling out the form the next step is to fix a date for a visa interview, which may include the following requirements:
If you have come of age: below are the requirements:
♦ 13years and below are generally not required.
♦ 14-79 are permitted with some exceptions for renewals.
♦ 80 years and above are not accepted.
You have to schedule an appointment for an Interview. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside the country you live in.
Note that the time for the interview differs and can be delayed as a result of application time, season, registration process, etc. Make sure you book the appointment on time.
3.Appointment Wait Time
Every visa has an appointment wait time, check for yours in the embassy where you reside.
Note: Some embassies or Consulates might have a different procedure for applying for a visa when the applicant’s visa requirements are relinquished.
- Fees: Pay the non-refundable visa application fee, if you are required to pay it before your interview. If your visa is approved, you may also need to pay a visa issuance fee, if applicable to your nationality. Fee information is provided below:
♦ Select your nationality to see the Issuance Fee
♦ Enter a country/authority or area
♦ All Fees
♦ Review the instructions available on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply to learn more about fee payment.
4.Gather Required Documentation
Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview:
Your passport must be valid for the duration you will be spending in the U.K.
5.Check what documents you need
The application for visas differs in their requirements. So before you apply get a checklist of all the requirements needed to avoid missing things. Get the details clearly and try to differentiate similar documents. Some embassy might ask you to submit an additional document.
For example; if you are applying for a china tourist visa you will ask to submit documents that align with your affairs, the related dates, accomplishments, and contact info. It’s enough to submit the tourist centers you want to visit.
6.Change or Adjustment of Status
Your status could change while in the country, and it requires you to update your status. It’s also an opportunity for you to extend the duration if you were supposed to leave soon.
Suppose you came for a temporal work but you decided to extend your stay after the work. You can apply for a non-immigrant visa to enable you to stay longer.
You might meet someone you get involved with which could lead to marriage, in this case, you will need to change your status. Perhaps you got a better job that will require a longer time.
It could be you traveled abroad for your studies due to your performance and skill you were allowed to work also. You have to apply for a work visa because your student visa won’t permit you to study and work except if you are working on campus.
7.Extending Your Stay
See Extend Your Stay on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website to learn about requesting to extend your stay beyond the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94.
An individual on a visitor visa (B1/B2) is not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.
There is no guarantee you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.
A valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. Unless canceled or revoked. A visa is valid until its expiration date. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.