The B visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the U.S. government to foreign citizens seeking to enter the U.S. for a temporary period. The B visa is divided into two types, the B-2 Visitor visa and the B-1 Business Visitor visa.
The B-2 Visitor visa allows you to enter the U.S. to engage in tourism, vacation, or visiting friends and family.
The B-1 Business Visitor Visa allows you to enter the U.S. in order to negotiate a contract, make investments, settle an estate, attend seminars, or perform other temporary work for an employer that is based outside the United States.
Applicants for B visas must prove that:
Each of these criteria is very important, and you will need to provide convincing evidence that you meet them, as discussed below.
The B visa is an entry document, and many B visas allow considered “multiple entry” visas, which means you can use them repeatedly for U.S. entry. Each entry has a maximum authorized stay period of 6 months. However, if you must extend your trip while in the United States you may file for an extension of status with USCIS for a maximum of 6 additional months per extension.