United States of America

The most popular tipe of US visa.

The B1/B2 visa is a non-immigrant US visa that permits visitors to enter the US for business and tourism purposes.

Besides these activities, any other purpose of the visit is not allowed with the visa B1 or B2. Activities that are strictly forbidden to do with these visas are the following:

Become a full or part-time student
Perform and get paid for it
Work in press or journalism
Engage in any form of employment
Enter as a crewmember on an aircraft or ship
Seek permanent residence in the US
A visitor’s visa is a great opportunity though to explore the US and create business connections, and violating the activities you are allowed to do might damage your chances of getting another US visa in the future.

The benefit of the visitor visas is that there is no cap on the number issued in a year, and those who abide by the rules can get it as many times as they want as long as they fulfill the criteria.

The chart below contains many different purposes of temporary travel and the related nonimmigrant visa categories available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:

Purpose of Travel Visa Category
Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only) B-1
Au pair (exchange visitor) J
Australian professional specialty E-3
Border Crossing Card: Mexico BCC
Business visitor B-1
CNMI-only transitional worker CW-1
Crewmember D
Diplomat or foreign government official A
Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employer B-1
Employee of a designated international organization or NATO G1-G5, NATO
Exchange visitor J
Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States A-2
Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics O
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional:
Chile, Singapore
H-1B1 – Chile
H-1B1 – Singapore
International cultural exchange visitor Q
Intra-company transferee L
Medical treatment, visitor for B-2
Media, journalist I
NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, Canada TN/TD
Performing athlete, artist, entertainer P
Physician J , H-1B
Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor) J
Religious worker R
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge H-1B
Student: academic, vocational F, M
Temporary agricultural worker H-2A
Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature. H-2B
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitor B-2
Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3
Treaty trader/treaty investor E
Transiting the United States C
Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) V

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