Individuals wanting to visit the United States for a temporary period of time may be eligible for entry under the B2 category visitor for pleasure visa. The B2 classification generally permits foreign visitors to travel to the U.S. for certain temporary activities, including the following:
The B-2 visitor visa can also be used by unmarried, domestic partners, wishing to accompany a qualifying partner who is coming to the U.S. for work or studies. Like a B1 visitor for business visa, individuals entering the U.S. under a B2 classification are not permitted to engage in employment or labor for hire while in the U.S. Similarly, travelers from countries that are participants in and meet the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program may be permitted to come to the U.S. for a period of up to 90 days without having to obtain a B2 visitor visa.
When you are applying for a B2 visitor visa you will need to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility requirements for this visa classification.
In order satisfy these requirements you must show that:
In addition to the above, if you are seeking to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment under a B2 visa, you will generally have to provide documentation demonstrating the reason you need medical treatment in the U.S. as well as proof of your ability to pay for the costs associated with the treatment.
The B2 visa will allow you to remain in the U.S. for the period of time that is reasonably necessary to complete the purpose of your intended visit, generally up to six months. Similar to a B1 visa, you may be eligible to obtain an extension beyond the initial admission period by demonstrating a need to extend your visit in order to conclude the purpose of your visit.
Miranda & Weisman provides highly skilled and comprehensive immigration services to individuals, families and businesses. We regularly advise and counsel clients seeking to travel to the U.S. for pleasure or medical reasons under the B2 visa classification.
Regardless of whether your situation is routine or complex, our legal team will assist you throughout all stages of the application process. We can help you determine which visa classification best meets your needs and will help you gather and complete all documentation necessary to apply for your visa. Our Baltimore immigration law firm offers free, initial consultations and we can be reached at 410-321-4994 or through our online contact form.