B-1/B-2 visitor visas are for people traveling to the United States on shorter visits for business (B-1), for pleasure, or for medical treatment (B-2).
Generally, B-1 visas are for travelers visiting business contacts, attending scientific, educational, professional, or business conferences, settling an estate, or negotiating contracts. B-2 visas are for travel, including tourism, visiting friends or relatives, or medical treatment.
Activities related to a fraternal, social or volunteer-based type also under B-2. Often B-1 and B-2 visas are combined and issued as one visa: B-1/B-2.
Application procedure for a tourist visa to the USA
If you are applying for a business/ tourist visa, you must submit the following documentation:
- Electronic Visa application (DS-160). Go to the DS-160 website for more information about the DS-160 form.
- A passport valid for travel to the USA with a validity date of at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the USA (unless country- specific agreements provide for exceptions). If more than one person appears in your passport, each person who wants a visa must submit an application.
- One 5×5 cm photo taken within the last six months. This website has information about the required image format.
A receipt for paid visa fee of US $160 in local currency. This website has more information about paying this fee. If a visa is issued, there may be an additional visa reciprocity fee depending on your nationality. The Department of State’s website can help you find out if you have to pay such a reciprocity fee and what the amount is.
In addition to these documents, you must bring a letter confirming that you have booked an appointment for an interview through this service. You can also bring additional documentation that you believe supports the information you want to present to the consul.
How to apply for a tourist visa to the USA
- Complete the Visa Application Form (DS-160).
- Pay the visa application fee.
- Make an appointment on this website. You will need the following information to book the appointment:
- Your passport number
- The CGI reference number from your receipt. Click here if you need help finding this number.
- The ten- (10-) digit barcode number from the confirmation page
- Show up at the US Embassy on the date and time of your interview. You must bring a copy of the appointment confirmation, the confirmation page of your DS-160 form, a photo taken within the last six months, and your current and all previous passports. Applications without all these elements will not be accepted.