B visa

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B1/B2 visa for an Argentinian citizen

A B visa is one of a category of non-immigrant visas issued by the United States government to foreign citizens seeking entry for a temporary period. The two types of B visa are the B-1 visa, issued to those seeking entry for business purposes, and the B-2 visa, issued to those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes. In practice, the two visa categories are usually combined together and issued as a "B-1/B-2 visa" valid for a temporary visit for either business or pleasure, or a combination of the two. Citizens of certain countries do not usually need to obtain a visa for these purposes.

Cost[edit]

The cost of a B visa consists of the application fee, which all applicants must pay (currently 160 USD[1]), and the issuance fee, which varies by nation based on reciprocity and is only paid if the visa is approved.[2]

As of October 2017, only nationals of the following countries must pay the issuance fee.[2]

Country Issuance fee (USD) Entries Visa validity Notes
 Angola 10 multiple 2 years
 Australia 0 multiple 1 year May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
25 multiple 5 years
 Cameroon 240 multiple 1 year
 Central African Republic 40 multiple 1 year
 Comoros 31 1 45 days
94 multiple 1 year
 Congo 20 multiple 6 months
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 150 multiple 1 month
250 multiple 3 months
 French nationals in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna 100 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
 Kenya 40 multiple 5 years
 Kyrgyzstan 45 multiple 5 years
 Libya 10 1 3 months
 Malawi 0 1 3 months
60 multiple 6 months
140 multiple 1 year
 Mauritania 70 multiple 1 year
 Myanmar 32 1 3 months For B-1 or B-2.
162 multiple 1 year For B-1 only.
 Oman 0 multiple 2 years For B-2 only.
15 multiple 2 years For B-1 or B-1/B-2.
 Papua New Guinea 0 1 3 months
15 multiple 1 year
 Turkmenistan 0 multiple 3 months
115 multiple 6 months
355 multiple 1 year
 Yemen 30 multiple 1 year

History[edit]

Before 1994, there was no application fee, and only the issuance fee was charged, varying by nationality based on reciprocity.[3] In 1994, the application fee was introduced for all applicants, in addition to the reciprocal issuance fee, to pay for the more costly machine-readable visas, which replaced the older stamped visas around that time.[4] The application fee was initially 20 USD, and has increased several times since then.

Date Application fee (USD)
16 May 1994[4] 20
1 February 1998[5] 45
1 June 2002[6] 65
1 November 2002[7] 100
1 January 2008[8] 131
4 June 2010[9] 140
13 April 2012[10] 160

Entry ban[edit]


Validity period and duration of stay[edit]

US visa validity period (maximum available for B-1/B-2 type, per country)
  United States
  10 years
  5 years
  2-4 years
  1 year
  3-6 months

As with other non-immigrant U.S. visas, a B-1/B-2 visa has a validity period (from 1 month to 10 years), allows for one, two or multiple entries into the U.S., and elicits a period of stay (maximum 6 months) recorded by the Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry on the individual's form I-94. The validity period determines how long the visa may be used to enter the U.S., while the period of stay determines how long the person may stay in the U.S. after each entry.

Validity periods per country are listed in the U.S. Department of State Visa Reciprocity Tables and vary from 1 month for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (with lower issuance fee), 1 year for Vietnam, 3 years for Russia, and 5 years for Pakistan, to 10 years for China, India, Israel, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and most countries in the Americas and Europe. For some countries, longer validity periods are available for higher issuance fees or specific visa types (B-1 or B-2).

Periods of stay for B-1 visas may be granted initially for a duration long enough to allow the visitor to conduct their business, up to a maximum of 6 months, and can be extended for another 6 months;[11] stays with B-1 visas are usually granted for three months or less, while stays with B-2 visas are generally granted for six months.[12] Extensions are possible, provided the individual has not violated the conditions of admission.[13]

A Border Crossing Card (BCC), also called a laser visa, has a 10-year validity and functions as both a BCC and a B-1/B-2 visitor's visa. The BCC is only issued to nationals of Mexico who apply for a visa inside Mexico.[14]

Validity of B visas by nationality, as of October 2017:[2][15]

Country Issuance fee (USD) Entries Validity Notes
Afghanistan 0 multiple 1 year
Albania 0 multiple 3 years
Algeria 0 multiple 2 years
Andorra 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Angola 10 multiple 2 years
Antigua and Barbuda 0 multiple 10 years
Argentina 0 multiple 10 years
Armenia 0 multiple 10 years
Australia 0 multiple 1 year May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
25 multiple 5 years
Austria 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Azerbaijan 0 multiple 1 year
Bahamas 0 multiple 10 years May also enter without a visa if traveling directly from the country through airport preclearance and holding a police certificate showing no criminal record.
Bahrain 0 multiple 5 years
Bangladesh 0 multiple 5 years
Barbados 0 multiple 10 years
Belarus 0 multiple 1 year
Belgium 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Belize 0 multiple 10 years
Benin 0 multiple 3 years
Bhutan 0 1 3 months
Bolivia 0 multiple 10 years
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 multiple 10 years
Botswana 0 multiple 10 years
Brazil 0 multiple 10 years
Brunei 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Bulgaria 0 multiple 10 years
Burkina Faso 0 multiple 5 years
Burundi 0 multiple 1 year
Cambodia 0 2 3 months
Cameroon 240 multiple 1 year
Canada 0 multiple 10 years May also enter without a visa.
Cape Verde 0 multiple 5 years
Central African Republic 40 multiple 1 year
Chad 0 1 3 months
Chile 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
China 0 multiple 10 years Electronic Visa Update System registration is required.
Colombia 0 multiple 10 years
Comoros 31 1 45 days
94 multiple 1 year
Congo 20 multiple 6 months
Costa Rica 0 multiple 10 years
Croatia 0 multiple 10 years
Cuba 0 1 6 months For B-1 or B-1/B-2.
0 multiple 5 years For B-2 only.
Cyprus 0 multiple 10 years
Czech Republic 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Democratic Republic of the Congo 150 multiple 1 month
250 multiple 3 months
Denmark 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Djibouti 0 multiple 1 year
Dominica 0 multiple 10 years
Dominican Republic 0 multiple 10 years
East Timor 0 2 3 months
Ecuador 0 multiple 5 years
Egypt 0 multiple 5 years
El Salvador 0 multiple 10 years
Equatorial Guinea 0 multiple 5 years
Eritrea 0 multiple 1 year
Estonia 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Ethiopia 0 multiple 2 years For holders of diplomatic or official passports, visa validity is 1 year.
Fiji 0 multiple 10 years
Finland 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
France 0 multiple 10 years For nationals of France in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, issuance fee is 100 USD. All nationals of France may also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Gabon 0 multiple 5 years
Gambia 0 multiple 5 years
Georgia 0 multiple 10 years
Germany 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Ghana 0 multiple 5 years
Greece 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Grenada 0 multiple 10 years
Guatemala 0 multiple 10 years
Guinea 0 multiple 3 years
Guinea-Bissau 0 multiple 5 years
Guyana 0 multiple 10 years
Haiti 0 multiple 5 years
Honduras 0 multiple 10 years
Hong Kong 0 multiple 10 years
Hungary 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Iceland 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
India 0 multiple 10 years
Indonesia 0 multiple 5 years
Iran 0 1 3 months
Iraq 0 multiple 1 year
Ireland 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Israel 0 multiple 10 years
Italy 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Ivory Coast 0 multiple 1 year
Jamaica 0 multiple 10 years
Japan 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Jordan 0 multiple 5 years
Kazakhstan 0 multiple 10 years For B-1/B-2 for a religious event, 1 entry and validity of 3 months. For B-1/B-2 for volunteer work, multiple entries and validity of 5 years.
Kenya 40 multiple 5 years
Kiribati 0 multiple 4 years
Kosovo 0 multiple 3 years
Kuwait 0 multiple 10 years
Kyrgyzstan 45 multiple 5 years
Laos 0 1 3 months
Latvia 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Lebanon 0 multiple 5 years
Lesotho 0 multiple 10 years
Liberia 0 multiple 1 year
Libya 10 1 3 months
Liechtenstein 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Lithuania 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Luxembourg 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Macau 0 multiple 10 years For holders of a travel permit instead of a passport, visa validity is 5 years.
Macedonia 0 multiple 10 years
Madagascar 0 multiple 3 months
Malawi 0 1 3 months
60 multiple 6 months
140 multiple 1 year
Malaysia 0 multiple 10 years
Maldives 0 multiple 10 years
Mali 0 multiple 5 years
Malta 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Marshall Islands 0 1 3 months May also enter without a visa.
Mauritania 70 multiple 1 year
Mauritius 0 multiple 10 years
Mexico 0 multiple 10 years
Micronesia 0 2 3 months May also enter without a visa.
Moldova 0 multiple 10 years
Monaco 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Mongolia 0 multiple 10 years
Montenegro 0 multiple 3 years
Morocco 0 multiple 10 years
Mozambique 0 multiple 1 year
Myanmar 32 1 3 months For B-1 or B-2.
162 multiple 1 year For B-1 only.
Namibia 0 multiple 5 years
Nauru 0 multiple 5 years
Nepal 0 multiple 5 years
Netherlands 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
New Zealand 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Nicaragua 0 multiple 10 years
Niger 0 multiple 1 year
Nigeria 0 multiple 2 years
North Korea 0 2 3 months
Norway 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Oman 0 multiple 2 years For B-2 only.
15 multiple 2 years For B-1 or B-1/B-2.
Pakistan 0 multiple 5 years
Palau 0 2 3 months May also enter without a visa.
Palestine 0 multiple 3 years
Panama 0 multiple 10 years
Papua New Guinea 0 1 3 months
15 multiple 1 year
Paraguay 0 multiple 10 years
Peru 0 multiple 10 years
Philippines 0 multiple 10 years
Poland 0 multiple 10 years
Portugal 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Qatar 0 multiple 10 years
Romania 0 multiple 10 years
Russia 0 multiple 3 years
Rwanda 0 multiple 10 years
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 multiple 10 years
Saint Lucia 0 multiple 10 years
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 multiple 10 years
Samoa 0 multiple 10 years
San Marino 0 multiple 5 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
São Tomé and Príncipe 0 multiple 6 months
Saudi Arabia 0 multiple 5 years
Senegal 0 multiple 10 years
Serbia 0 multiple 10 years
Seychelles 0 multiple 10 years
Sierra Leone 0 multiple 3 years
Singapore 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Slovakia 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Slovenia 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Solomon Islands 0 multiple 5 years
Somalia 0 1 3 months
South Africa 0 multiple 10 years
South Korea 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
South Sudan 0 2 3 months
Spain 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Sri Lanka 0 multiple 5 years
Sudan 0 1 3 months For B-2 or B-1/B-2.
0 multiple 1 year For B-1 only.
Suriname 0 multiple 5 years
Swaziland 0 multiple 10 years
Sweden 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Switzerland 0 multiple 10 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Syria 0 multiple 2 years
Taiwan 0 multiple 5 years May also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Tajikistan 0 multiple 1 year
Tanzania 0 multiple 1 year
Thailand 0 multiple 10 years
Togo 0 multiple 3 years
Tonga 0 multiple 10 years
Trinidad and Tobago 0 multiple 10 years
Tunisia 0 multiple 10 years
Turkey 0 multiple 10 years
Turkmenistan 0 multiple 3 months
115 multiple 6 months
355 multiple 1 year
Tuvalu 0 multiple 10 years
Uganda 0 multiple 2 years
Ukraine 0 multiple 10 years
United Arab Emirates 0 multiple 10 years
United Kingdom 0 multiple 10 years For British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTCs) of Saint Helena, multiple entries and validity of 5 years. For BOTCs of the Pitcairn Islands, 2 entries and validity of 3 months. BOTCs of Bermuda may also enter without a visa. BOTCs of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands may also enter without a visa if traveling directly from the territory and holding a police certificate showing no criminal record. British citizens may also enter by land without a visa, or by air or sea with ESTA.
Uruguay 0 multiple 10 years
Uzbekistan 0 multiple 1 year
Vanuatu 0 multiple 5 years
Vatican City 0 multiple 5 years
Venezuela 0 multiple 10 years
Vietnam 0 multiple 1 year
Yemen 30 multiple 1 year
Zambia 0 multiple 3 years
Zimbabwe 0 multiple 1 year
stateless 0 2 3 months

Electronic Visa Update System[edit]

A 10-year United States B visa issued to a Chinese citizen. The annotation indicates that Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrolment is needed before travel.

On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) announced that, starting from 29 November 2016, all holders of Chinese passports who also hold 10-year B visas are required to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States via land, air or sea. The EVUS is designed for visa holders to update any changes to their basic biographic and employment information at the time of their visa applications. Similar to the ESTA, each EVUS registration is valid for a period of 2 years or until the holder's passport expiration date, whichever comes first, and each user of EVUS must pay a cost recovery fee of US$8 to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Holders of EVUS can travel to the U.S. for unlimited times providing that their EVUS registration and visa remain valid.[16]

The requirement applies to any holder of Chinese passport and B visa with a 10-year validity. It also applies to holders of non-citizen travel documents issued by other countries, such as refugee travel document and certificate of identity, whose nationality is Chinese. It does not apply, however, to holders of HKSAR passports and MSAR passports, holders of B visas with a validity shorter than 10 years, and holders of other types of visas. The CBP and DHS are seeking to expand the EVUS to other nationalities in the future.[17]

EVUS was officially launched on 31 October 2016 for early enrollments. Upon launch, CBP announced that the enrollment fee will be suspended until further notice.[18]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Visitor visas issued[edit]

Issued B-1/B-2 visas in fiscal 2017
  United States
  Visa exempt nationalities
  Over 400 thousand issued visas
  Over 100 thousand issued visas
  Over 50 thousand issued visas
  Over 25 thousand issued visas
  Over 10 thousand issued visas
  Over 5 thousand issued visas
  Under 5 thousand issued visas

The highest number of B-1/B-2 visas were issued to nationals of the following countries in fiscal years 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Nationality B-1/B-2 visas issued
FY 2017[19] FY 2016[20] FY 2015[21]
 China 1,452,834 1,989,925 2,227,670
 Mexico[a] 1,088,880 1,106,723 1,234,885
 India 599,983 563,202 553,385
 Brazil 520,589 450,166 870,008
 Colombia 333,433 374,398 345,233
 Argentina 353,555 295,326 240,115
 Dominican Republic 194,557 136,057 85,140
 Ecuador 168,103 150,163 150,458
 Russia 164,944 151,692 122,147
 Israel 163,495 168,136 137,439
 Nigeria 155,940 162,996 136,409
 Philippines 115,712 99,967 83,139
 Vietnam 100,423 86,180 80,936
 Poland 95,272 88,624 81,861
 Peru 82,485 79,927 97,936
 Costa Rica 75,529 71,710 58,139
 Turkey 74,312 85,560 78,118
 Jamaica 65,119 94,458 83,483
 Hong Kong 62,131 61,708 54,027
 Honduras 54,753 48,177 35,004
 Egypt 54,216 58,062 46,433
 Saudi Arabia 52,476 78,042 85,303
 Indonesia 52,233 48,787 48,239
 Pakistan 48,537 65,844 62,714
 Venezuela 47,087 144,283 223,854
 South Africa 46,427 45,240 48,432
 Ukraine 45,709 45,638 52,943
 Thailand 43,182 47,382 44,795
 Guatemala 41,055 52,326 48,735
Total 6,276,851 7,988,520 8,403,683

In fiscal year 2014, most reasons to refuse a visa were cited as "failure to establish entitlement to nonimmigrant status", "incompatible application" (most overcome), "unlawful presence", "misrepresentation", "criminal convictions", "smugglers" and "controlled substance violators". Smaller number of applications were rejected for "physical or mental disorder", "prostitution", "espionage", "terrorist activities", "falsely claiming citizenship" and other grounds for refusal including "presidential proclamation", "money laundering", "communicable disease" and "commission of acts of torture or extrajudicial killings".[22]

Number of non-immigrant admissions for tourist and business purposes into the United States in fiscal year 2017
  United States
  Over 2 million admissions
  Over 1 million admissions
  Over 500 thousand admissions
  Over 250 thousand admissions
  Over 100 thousand admissions
  Over 15 thousand admissions
  Under 15 thousand admissions

Visitor admissions[edit]

The highest number of non-immigrant admissions for tourism and for business purposes in fiscal years 2014, 2015, and 2016 were nationals from the following countries.[23][24][25][26]

Country FY 2017 FY 2016 FY 2015 FY 2014
 Mexico 18,101,904 18,420,891 19,175,345 18,889,281
 Canada 11,616,347 11,366,670 11,671,122 11,289,743
 United Kingdom[a] 4,786,421 4,930,593 4,691,874 4,549,934
 Japan 3,697,844 3,717,029 3,750,667 3,933,941
 China[b] 2,630,300 2,587,968 2,309,654 2,001,302
 South Korea 2,324,707 2,001,417 1,742,422 1,576,328
 Germany 2,228,358 2,190,832 2,208,145 2,283,086
 Brazil 2,011,385 1,866,261 2,383,822 2,275,588
 France[c] 1,923,414 1,897,398 1,915,725 1,966,335
 Australia[d] 1,463,908 1,423,898 1,399,615 1,389,358
 Italy 1,282,989 1,262,691 1,229,115 1,282,485
 India 1,264,598 1,206,225 1,175,153 1,111,738
 Argentina 1,085,461 943,224 765,576 730,089
 Spain 1,037,798 1,012,133 953,969 955,737
 Colombia 926,855 885,763 928,424 924,916
 Netherlands[e] 796,945 766,691 749,826 766,936
Total (worldwide) 11,616,347 69,128,433 69,025,896 67,519,113

Overstays[edit]

A number of visitors overstay the maximum period of allowed stay on their B-1/B-2 status after entering the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security publishes annual reports that list the number of violations by passengers who arrive by air and sea. The table below excludes statistics on persons who left the United States later than their allowed stay or legalized their status and shows only suspected overstays who remained in the country. More than 95% of visitors from Mexico arrive in the U.S. by land rather than by air and sea. Statistics for suspected overstays of the land visitors are yet to be released.[27]

The top 20 nationalities by the number of suspected in-country B-1/B-2 overstays in 2016 and 2017 were the following.[28][29]

The top 10 nationalities by in-country B-1/B-2 visa overstay rate were the following.[30][31]

Use for other countries[edit]

U.S. tourist visas that are valid for further travel are accepted as substitute visas for national visas in following countries:

  •  Albania — 90 days;
  •  Antigua and Barbuda — 30 days; USD 100 visa waiver fee applies.
  •  Belize — 30 days; USD 50 visa waiver fee applies.
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina — 30 days;[32]
  •  Canada — up to 6 months; only for citizens of Brazil arriving by air with Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
  •  Chile — 90 days; for nationals of China only.
  •  Colombia — 90 days; applicable to certain nationalities only.
  •  Costa Rica — 30 days; must hold a multiple-entry visa that is valid for at least six months.[33]
  •  Dominican Republic — 90 days;
  •  El Salvador — 90 days; not applicable to all nationalities.
  •  Georgia — 90 days within any 180-day period;
  •  Guatemala — 90 days; not applicable to all nationalities.
  •  Honduras — 90 days; not applicable to all nationalities.
  •  Jamaica — 30 days; not applicable to all nationalities.
  •  Macedonia — 15 days;
  •  Mexico — 180 days;[34][35]
  •  Montenegro — 30 days;
  •  Nicaragua — 90 days; not applicable to all nationalities.
  •  Oman — certain nationalities can obtain an electronic Omani visa if holding a valid U.S. visa.
  •  Panama — 30/180 days; must hold a visa valid for at least 2 more entries.
  •  Peru — 180 days; applicable to nationals of China and India only.
  •  Philippines — 7 days for nationals of China; 14 days for nationals of India.
  •  Qatar — Non-visa-free nationals can obtain an electronic travel authorization for 30 days if holding a valid U.S. visa.
  •  São Tomé and Príncipe — 15 days;
  •  Serbia — 90 days;
  •  South Korea — 30 days;
  •  Taiwan — certain nationalities can obtain an online travel authority if holding a valid U.S. visa.
  •  Turkey — certain nationalities can obtain an electronic Turkish visa if holding a valid U.S. visa.
  •  United Arab Emirates — Visa on arrival for 14 days; for nationals of India only. (Also applicable for Indian citizens holding U.S. green card.)[36]

Requirement to overcome presumption of intending immigrant[edit]

Under section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a foreigner must prove to the satisfaction of the Consular officer his or her intent to return to his home country after visiting the United States. The act specifically states:[37]

Every alien (other than a nonimmigrant described in subparagraph (L) or (V) of section 101(a)(15), and other than a nonimmigrant described in any provision of section 101(a)(15)(H)(i) except subclause (b1) of such section) shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, and the immigration officers, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status under section 101(a)(15).

In practice, this means that consular officers have wide discretion to deny a visa application. Once refused, there is no judicial or other means to challenge a visa decision. The foreigner, however, is free to apply for a visa again, particularly if circumstances have changed that might show to the consular officer that the applicant overcomes the presumption of being an intending immigrant.[38]

Uses of a B-1/B-2 visa[edit]

Business or pleasure cover a wide variety of possible reasons to visit the United States.

Under the category of temporary visitor for business, a B-1 visa can be used to engage in any of the following activities.[39]

  • Purchase supplies or materials
  • Hold business meetings[40]
  • Perform certain business functions as a member of the board of directors of a U.S. corporation[41]
  • Settle an estate
  • Interview and hire staff
  • Negotiate contracts, sign contracts, or take orders for products manufactured outside the United States[42][40]
  • Attend a convention, meeting, trade show, or business event for scientific, educational, professional, or business purposes[42][40]
  • Perform independent research[42][40]
  • Receive practical medical experience and medical instruction under the supervision and direction of faculty physicians at a U.S. medical school's hospital as part of a third-year or fourth-year internship as long as the visitor is a studying at a foreign medical school and the visitor is not compensated by the hospital without remuneration from the hospital[41]
  • Observe U.S. medical practices and consult with medical colleagues on techniques, as long as the visitor is a medical doctor, the visitor receives no compensation from a U.S. source, and the visitor does not provide patient care while in the U.S.[41]
  • Take photographs, as long as the visitor is a professional photographer and the visitor receives no compensation from a U.S. source[41]
  • Record music, as long as the visitor is a musician, the recording will be distributed and sold only outside the U.S., and the visitor will give no public performances[41]
  • Create art, as long as the visitor is a creative artist, the visitor is not under contract with a U.S. employer, and the visitor does not intend to regularly sell such artwork in the U.S.[41]
  • Perform certain professional services[43]
  • Perform as a professional entertainer as part of a cultural exchange program performed before a nonpaying audience and funded by visitor's country[40]
  • Perform as a professional entertainer as part of a competition for which there is no compensation other than travel expenses or, in certain limited instances, a prize[40]
  • Perform work as crew on a private yacht that sails out of a foreign home port and cruises in U.S. waters[40]
  • Perform services on behalf of a foreign-based employer as a jockey, sulky driver, horse trainer, or horse groomer[41]
  • Compete in a particular athletic competition[42] with the only compensation being prize money as long as the prize money is not the recipient's primary source of income[40]
  • Try out for a professional sports team[42] as long as the visitor is not compensated other than reimbursement of travel expenses[40]
  • Participate in an athletic tournament or athletic sporting event as a professional athlete, as long as the visitor's only compensation is prize money, the visitor's principal place of business or activity is outside the U.S., the visitor's primary source of income is outside the U.S., and the visitor is either part of an international sports league or the sporting activities involved have an international dimension[41]
  • Survey potential sites for a business[42]
  • Perform as a lecturer or speaker[42]
  • Work for a foreign exhibitor in connection with exhibits at international fairs or international exhibits, as long as the visitor's employment responsibilities are primarily outside the U.S.[40]
  • Install, service, or repair commercial or industrial equipment or machinery that was sold by a non-U.S. company to a U.S. buyer when specifically required by the purchase contract; construction work is not allowed[42][40]
  • Perform a minor amount of volunteer services, excluding construction, for a religious organization or a nonprofit charitable organization, as long as volunteering is not the primary purpose of entering the U.S.[40]
  • Participate in a training program that is not designed primarily to provide employment[42]
  • Observe how a business operates or how professional activities are conducted[40]
  • Seek investments in the U.S., without actually performing productive labor or actively participating in the management of a business[40]
  • Participate in Peace Corps training as a volunteer or under contract[40]
  • Participate in the United Nations Institute for Training and Research internship program, as long a foreign government does not employ the visitor[40]
  • Drill for oil on the Outer Continental Shelf[40]
  • As a minister of religion, engage in an evangelical tour, as long as the visitor does not intend to take an appointment with any one church and the visitor will be supported by offerings contributed at each evangelical meeting[41]
  • As a minister of religion, temporarily exchange pulpits with U.S. ministers of religion, as long as the visitor will continue to be reimbursed by a foreign church and will not be compensated by the U.S. church[41]
  • Perform missionary work, religious instruction, religious aid to the elderly or needy, or religious proselytizing as a member of a religious denomination, as long as the work does not involve the selling of articles, the solicitation of donation, the acceptance of donations, administrative work, or is a substitute for ordinary labor for hire, and the visitor will not be compensated from U.S. sources other than an allowance or other reimbursement for travel expenses incidental to the temporary stay[41]
  • Participating in an organized project conducted by a recognized religious or nonprofit charitable organization that benefits U.S. local communities, as long as the visitor is a member of, and has a commitment to, the particular organization, the visitor receives no compensation from a U.S. source other than reimbursement of travel expenses[41]

Under the category of temporary visitor for pleasure, a B-2 visa can be used to:

  • Travel within the U.S.[41]
  • Visit family or friends
  • Participate in a convention, a conference, or a convocation of a fraternal, social, or service nature[41]
  • Obtain medical treatment as long as the visitor has the means to pay for the medical treatment[41]
  • Enroll in a short, recreational course of study, as long as it is not credited toward a degree[41]
  • Participate in an event, talent show, or a contest as an amateur, as long the visitor is not typically compensated for such participation and the visitor does not actually receive payment, other than reimbursement of travel expenses[41]
  • Enter as a dependent of an alien member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces temporarily assigned for duty in the U.S.[41]
  • Accompany a person with either a D-1 visa or a D-2 visa with the sole purpose of accompanying the person[41]
  • Enter with the intent of becoming engaged, meeting the family of a fiancé, making arrangements for a wedding, or renewing a relationship with a fiancé[41]
  • Enter with the intent of marrying a U.S. citizen and then return to a residence outside the U.S. after the marriage[41]
  • Accompany a spouse or child who is a U.S. citizen on a temporary visit to the U.S.[41]
  • Enter as a cohabiting (unmarried) partner of a non-immigrant visa holder if the partner is not otherwise eligible for derivative status under the partner's visa classification.[41]

Holders of B-1/B-2 visas are prohibited from engaging in any of the following activities.

  • Employment, whether paid or unpaid (some exceptions apply)
  • Receive education which credits to a degree
  • Arrive in the U.S. as a part of a crew of a ship or an aircraft
  • Work as a journalist or other information media
  • Perform before a paying audience
  • Live permanently or long-term in the U.S.
  • Manage a business located in the U.S.[42]
  • Start a new branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of a foreign employer[40]
  • Enter the U.S. with the purpose of performing emergency response services[40]

Adjusted Visa Refusal Rate[edit]

US B visa refusal rate in fiscal year 2016
  United States
  Visa exempt countries
  Over 50%
  Over 40%
  Over 30%
  Over 20%
  Over 10%
  Over 5%
  Over 3%
  Under 3%

The adjusted visa refusal rate for B visas were as follows.

Country/Region Fiscal Year 2008[44] Fiscal Year 2014[45] Fiscal Year 2015[46] Fiscal Year 2016[47] Fiscal Year 2017[48]
Afghanistan 51.00% 46.70% 61.03% 73.80% 72.14%
Albania 38.70% 39.80% 36.82% 35.95% 40.45%
Algeria 20.30% 23.10% 25.92% 36.00% 43.96%
Andorra n/a n/a n/a 28.57% 0.00%
Angola 17.10% 21.40% 26.77% 48.52% 36.01%
Antigua and Barbuda 21.70% 20.80% 20.17% 22.11% 20.50%
Argentina 3.10% 1.40% 2.14% 2.14% 1.79%
Armenia 53.30% 43.80% 47.17% 45.88% 51.87%
Australia n/a n/a n/a 15.38% 17.18%
Austria n/a n/a n/a 5.93% 5.00%
Azerbaijan 14.00% 13.50% 12.93% 14.83% 27.63%
Bahamas n/a n/a n/a 9.35% 9.32%
Bahrain 6.60% 4.70% 3.81% 6.26% 9.53%
Bangladesh 48.20% 50.80% 59.96% 62.82% 60.88%
Barbados 10.10% 9.80% 9.54% 11.24% 8.72%
Belarus 21.10% 14.00% 12.53% 14.87% 21.69%
Belgium n/a n/a n/a 7.33% 6.96%
Belize 25.40% 16.40% 30.47% 35.21% 30.91%
Benin 39.10% 31.40% 35.74% 38.01% 42.10%
Bhutan 48.30% 43.60% 54.55% 69.78% 52.43%
Bolivia 23.60% 13.60% 13.56% 14.36% 18.08%
Bosnia-Herzegovina 21.30% 16.10% 20.38% 19.70% 16.37%
Botswana 15.60% 16.90% 16.67% 18.97% 17.94%
Brazil 5.50% 3.20% 5.36% 16.70% 12.34%
Brunei n/a n/a n/a 13.51% 3.70%
Bulgaria 13.30% 15.20% 17.26% 16.86% 14.97%
Burkina Faso 44.40% 37.40% 50.37% 65.35% 75.74%
Burma 41.90% 15.50% 16.32% 13.02% 17.88%
Burundi 58.80% 50.00% 58.35% 61.33% 75.55%
Cabo Verde 42.70% 28.70% 36.05% 45.89% 50.70%
Cambodia 44.30% 39.90% 48.41% 35.62% 41.05%
Cameroon 46.70% 28.20% 29.89% 36.84% 47.29%
Canada n/a n/a n/a 47.93% 41.14%
Central African Republic 39.60% 46.60% 32.43% 35.12% 44.24%
Chad 41.40% 32.40% 33.87% 42.53% 51.65%
Chile n/a n/a n/a 11.43% 13.87%
China 18.20% 9.00% 10.03% 12.35% 14.57%
Colombia 25.60% 12.30% 15.52% 17.79% 21.93%
Comoros 14.00% 17.00% 54.44% 53.73% 48.45%
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 36.20% 39.10% 45.62% 45.63% 49.94%
Congo, Republic of the 33.20% 35.40% 40.77% 46.55% 48.47%
Costa Rica 21.20% 11.40% 9.83% 8.39% 6.49%
Côte d'Ivoire 40.90% 29.80% 28.59% 37.38% 33.72%
Croatia 5.10% 6.10% 5.29% 6.78% 5.10%
Cuba 45.20% 66.20% 76.03% 81.85% 77.17%
Cyprus 1.70% 3.50% 3.53% 2.03% 1.69%
Czech Republic n/a n/a n/a 7.82% 6.81%
Denmark n/a n/a n/a 11.74% 13.18%
Djibouti 42.50% 50.10% 52.00% 47.09% 74.80%
Dominica 29.50% 29.00% 33.33% 31.63% 28.74%
Dominican Republic 45.60% 35.90% 33.78% 31.88% 35.78%
Ecuador 40.00% 20.80% 31.34% 29.18% 27.95%
Egypt 35.30% 34.00% 33.57% 28.61% 34.24%
El Salvador 45.70% 36.30% 45.72% 57.12% 52.97%
Equatorial Guinea 11.10% 17.80% 19.30% 17.75% 18.21%
Eritrea 51.10% 41.70% 55.67% 50.49% 71.69%
Estonia n/a n/a n/a 20.74% 21.16%
Ethiopia 46.70% 44.90% 48.32% 38.13% 50.30%
Federated States of Micronesia n/a n/a n/a 25.00% 100.00%
Fiji 38.00% 14.00% 14.92% 20.23% 26.59%
Finland n/a n/a n/a 7.72% 11.78%
France n/a n/a n/a 7.30% 7.43%
Gabon 23.00% 13.50% 15.74% 21.29% 26.10%
Gambia 55.70% 69.30% 75.64% 69.87% 70.27%
Georgia 46.60% 48.20% 50.58% 62.82% 61.09%
Germany n/a n/a n/a 7.25% 5.91%
Ghana 50.10% 59.80% 63.28% 65.70% 56.18%
Great Britain and Northern Ireland n/a n/a n/a 20.42% 20.15%
Greece n/a n/a n/a 16.37% 13.14%
Grenada 29.90% 29.50% 32.00% 35.71% 26.94%
Guatemala 33.80% 35.90% 45.37% 48.68% 47.14%
Guinea 63.80% 47.80% 59.81% 63.53% 64.59%
Guinea-Bissau 63.40% 56.50% 65.18% 71.88% 71.61%
Guyana 56.60% 40.20% 37.28% 25.76% 37.92%
Haiti 54.40% 58.20% 60.45% 64.52% 71.44%
Honduras 33.60% 36.80% 39.73% 42.76% 40.35%
Hong Kong S.A.R. 3.30% 3.10% 4.36% 4.61% 3.45%
Hungary n/a n/a n/a 15.48% 13.04%
Iceland n/a n/a n/a 7.69% 7.46%
India 24.70% 19.80% 23.78% 26.02% 23.29%
Indonesia 37.00% 8.30% 8.71% 11.19% 10.99%
Iran 42.50% 41.80% 38.55% 45.02% 58.66%
Iraq 46.30% 41.40% 52.82% 51.71% 60.71%
Ireland n/a n/a n/a 15.48% 17.89%
Israel 3.00% 8.20% 3.85% 4.09% 4.88%
Italy n/a n/a n/a 10.86% 12.54%
Jamaica 35.50% 32.30% 37.62% 35.64% 46.78%
Japan n/a n/a n/a 8.12% 8.47%
Jordan 43.20% 26.90% 37.59% 40.34% 40.06%
Kazakhstan 11.70% 9.90% 12.70% 27.55% 32.81%
Kenya 35.60% 27.30% 27.34% 26.60% 33.17%
Kiribati 26.20% 15.40% 16.05% 5.81% 5.13%
Korea, North 16.30% 55.60% 47.67% 15.00% 54.55%
Korea, South n/a n/a n/a 8.65% 9.05%
Kosovo 47.90% 38.10% 44.03% 41.48% 37.92%
Kuwait 6.50% 5.70% 5.73% 4.56% 8.32%
Kyrgyzstan 32.10% 43.20% 55.75% 51.68% 55.58%
Laos 73.40% 61.10% 66.68% 62.37% 63.66%
Latvia n/a n/a n/a 13.45% 12.83%
Lebanon 27.90% 16.10% 27.10% 25.41% 31.75%
Lesotho 32.10% 16.70% 13.95% 21.20% 35.97%
Liberia 70.70% 49.40% 62.45% 70.23% 64.98%
Libya 27.10% 33.90% 43.02% 40.58% 45.50%
Liechtenstein n/a n/a n/a 0.00% 0.00%
Lithuania n/a n/a n/a 22.36% 22.54%
Luxembourg n/a n/a n/a 7.69% 5.74%
Macau S.A.R. n/a n/a n/a 7.71% 5.38%
Macedonia 33.50% 29.80% 36.08% 33.84% 28.69%
Madagascar 11.90% 11.60% 11.01% 12.12% 11.00%
Malawi 28.90% 12.30% 10.23% 14.52% 26.49%
Malaysia 5.60% 4.60% 3.34% 3.65% 3.93%
Maldives 4.70% 6.70% 15.49% 47.56% 27.74%
Mali 48.10% 54.00% 52.77% 57.58% 59.43%
Malta n/a n/a n/a 8.38% 4.81%
Marshall Islands, Republic of the n/a n/a n/a 29.41% 5.88%
Mauritania 51.00% 52.20% 61.45% 71.45% 67.30%
Mauritius 11.60% 2.20% 5.71% 5.53% 8.29%
Mexico 11.40% 15.60% 20.17% 23.49% 22.50%
Moldova 36.70% 40.10% 41.83% 36.35% 49.12%
Monaco n/a n/a n/a 0.00% 0.00%
Mongolia 53.60% 27.90% 34.76% 43.63% 53.62%
Montenegro 25.60% 28.00% 31.26% 28.69% 26.41%
Morocco 24.00% 21.90% 20.60% 26.77% 36.99%
Mozambique 13.80% 4.00% 4.03% 10.29% 26.18%
Namibia 6.80% 7.60% 7.43% 5.56% 6.31%
Nauru 66.70% 42.90% 5.26% 13.33% 20.97%
Nepal 51.20% 38.20% 42.19% 49.54% 46.42%
Netherlands n/a n/a n/a 16.62% 9.65%
New Zealand n/a n/a n/a 15.45% 22.02%
Nicaragua 41.80% 35.80% 41.19% 44.54% 43.28%
Niger 55.70% 36.40% 31.10% 31.14% 30.65%
Nigeria 36.00% 33.20% 32.56% 41.44% 44.95%
Non-nationality Based Issuances[a] n/a n/a n/a 28.92% 35.61%
Norway n/a n/a n/a 21.96% 17.36%
Oman 2.20% 2.10% 2.00% 1.93% 3.46%
Pakistan 46.30% 38.00% 40.40% 46.43% 49.40%
Palau n/a n/a n/a 53.33% 83.33%
Palestinian Authority 55.60% 36.70% 42.68% 40.64% 50.98%
Panama 19.20% 10.00% 11.36% 12.05% 11.61%
Papua New Guinea 3.40% 7.40% 5.14% 10.56% 9.34%
Paraguay 14.40% 6.10% 6.15% 7.47% 6.83%
Peru 37.70% 13.80% 14.46% 28.61% 25.97%
Philippines 31.00% 24.60% 27.96% 27.29% 25.54%
Poland 13.80% 6.40% 6.37% 5.37% 5.92%
Portugal n/a n/a n/a 8.97% 11.06%
Qatar 4.90% 2.10% 2.97% 3.50% 7.48%
Romania 25.00% 9.80% 11.16% 11.43% 11.76%
Russia 7.50% 7.80% 10.24% 9.29% 11.61%
Rwanda 50.30% 51.10% 49.17% 43.79% 52.17%
Samoa 32.40% 27.20% 29.99% 28.44% 40.32%
San Marino n/a n/a n/a 0.00% 0.00%
São Tomé and Príncipe 28.60% 10.70% 5.71% 24.14% 14.81%
Saudi Arabia 6.60% 3.30% 3.24% 4.04% 5.26%
Senegal 55.20% 57.50% 54.37% 52.46% 56.85%
Serbia 11.70% 16.00% 16.54% 18.77% 22.33%
Seychelles 18.00% 6.80% 7.26% 9.66% 13.14%
Sierra Leone 50.10% 51.90% 53.02% 61.25% 47.30%
Singapore n/a n/a n/a 15.10% 13.74%
Slovakia n/a n/a n/a 12.28% 13.30%
Slovenia n/a n/a n/a 10.43% 19.22%
Solomon Islands 6.50% 5.40% 7.26% 4.28% 16.79%
Somalia 54.00% 52.00% 64.60% 63.89% 75.50%
South Africa 4.60% 2.60% 5.08% 6.83% 6.44%
South Sudan n/a 43.80% 41.77% 43.89% 47.52%
Spain n/a n/a n/a 15.09% 17.26%
Sri Lanka 31.40% 19.50% 22.07% 21.69% 26.19%
St. Kitts and Nevis 25.00% 27.50% 26.60% 28.31% 26.66%
St. Lucia 26.60% 27.60% 26.90% 27.16% 22.34%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 26.40% 24.10% 27.15% 27.46% 20.38%
Sudan 38.60% 42.40% 40.45% 36.59% 51.37%
Suriname 9.60% 13.60% 7.78% 10.86% 11.44%
Swaziland 13.00% 10.00% 12.95% 8.03% 12.59%
Sweden n/a n/a n/a 12.78% 13.92%
Switzerland n/a n/a n/a 5.20% 5.89%
Syria 33.10% 60.00% 63.43% 59.77% 59.11%
Taiwan n/a n/a n/a 5.36% 5.42%
Tajikistan 32.40% 49.00% 44.44% 55.24% 51.84%
Tanzania 26.20% 21.30% 12.02% 23.05% 18.36%
Thailand 19.80% 10.20% 12.35% 17.82% 20.15%
Timor-Leste 16.70% 25.00% 12.68% 26.67% 7.02%
Togo 51.70% 35.60% 43.42% 54.39% 59.88%
Tonga 48.70% 25.40% 28.09% 31.58% 32.85%
Trinidad and Tobago 23.80% 21.20% 25.16% 22.70% 22.46%
Tunisia 23.90% 17.50% 19.69% 15.92% 19.53%
Turkey 11.20% 7.10% 13.88% 13.62% 17.86%
Turkmenistan 45.40% 18.60% 25.41% 32.95% 40.60%
Tuvalu 17.60% 27.30% 21.05% 20.00% 15.38%
Uganda 34.40% 37.20% 30.63% 41.53% 42.38%
Ukraine 30.90% 27.70% 34.03% 40.83% 34.54%
United Arab Emirates 10.40% 4.80% 7.10% 4.02% 5.80%
Uruguay 9.50% 1.80% 2.70% 3.14% 3.19%
Uzbekistan 61.10% 52.10% 49.59% 57.09% 50.29%
Vanuatu 16.70% 20.00% 10.53% 16.67% 13.51%
Vatican City 16.70% 7.70% 25.00% 0.00% 36.36%
Venezuela 25.40% 15.20% 15.57% 40.25% 42.87%
Vietnam 38.80% 14.30% 23.43% 29.49% 24.06%
Western Sahara n/a n/a n/a n/a 100.00%
Yemen 54.70% 44.20% 54.01% 48.85% 60.76%
Zambia 53.30% 22.20% 20.98% 22.26% 21.72%
Zimbabwe 30.30% 13.20% 21.03% 22.88% 26.32%
  1. ^ *"Non-nationality based issuances" includes individuals presenting travel documents issued by a competent authority other than their country of nationality, including, for example, aliens traveling on a Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations and refugees residing in another country.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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