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Tourist visa for USA, perhaps the most popular of all US visas. This type of visa, in most cases, is issued for trips of a personal characters. But recently, the US Embassy began to combine visas of categories B-1 and B-2 and issue a combined visa to US B-1 / B-2.
What you need to know about the B-1/B-2 visitor visa? This visa for those who travel to the USA temporary for business (B-1) or for entertainment or medical treatment (B-2). Mostly, the B-1 visa is for visitors who need:
- any consult in business
- visit scientific, educational, professional or business conventions/conferences.
The B-2 visa is for visitors who want:
- visit their friends or relatives
- spend vacation in USA
- take a part in any social events
- take a part in musical, sports event (if they not paid)
It should be noted that even obtaining a US visa will not be an absolute guarantee for entry into the US. An American visa is only a document that proves that you have passed the verification and resolved the conflict with the resettlement of the border for one purpose or another. But this is a theory, in practice the same emboldened and issued visa means the right to enter the country.
Firstly, you have to decide and understand goal of your visit to the United States of America. Why? The thing is that this is the main question on which you will have to answer at the Embassy of America – “What is your final destination of the trip?” And the more accurately you represent and realize your goal, the more confident will be your response to the visa officer.
Nowadays exist opportunity to issue a tourist visa in the US without an invitation or a call from the American side. And, after all in some cases, the presence of an invitation, can help you get a visa, now it is enough to make a journey plan, to indicate the route, to determine the terms, booking the hotel in which you will stop.
When you apply for a B-1/B-2 visa, you need clearly show to a visa officer that you good enough for a U.S. visa in accordance with the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 214(b) of the INA presumes that every B-1/B-2 applicant is an intending immigrant. You must pass this legal presumption by showing:
- That the destination of your trip to the United States is for a temporary visit, like business, entertainment, or medical treatment
- That your trip plan to remain in the U.S for a concrete, limited period of time
- Proof of funds to lid your expenses while you will stay in the USA
- That you have a residence outside USA, as well as other binding social or economic ties, that will guarantee your return to homeland at the end of your visit
Each applicant is a unique case, that’s why every details are taken into attention, including social status, cultural aspect, professional skills. Also important the applicant’s family environment, his long-term plans for life and career development in his country or abroad, the existence of private property and other factors. All of the cases are studied from every aspect in full compliance with the law.
Students which required to have at the time of the visit to the consulate all documents on the education received, a certified certificate from the university, which confirms that the applicant is registered in a particular educational institution. Financial papers may be required that will confirm the applicant’s capabilities – statements and printed out of bank accounts information, various receipts and checks, information on deposits made and contributions, and so on.
Adult citizens need to provide a certificate verified by the head from the place of their current work, which will confirm a sufficient financial level. The reference should cover the information on wages, taking into account the period in the last three months.
Heads of companies and private entrepreneurs must submit any documents confirming their position, as well as a certificate of wages.
Tourists invited by relatives in the US need attach any copies of documents to prove the fact of kinship and to confirm its degree (such copies do not require special certification from a notary), and for proving the status.
Tourists who used to be in the USA need attach to the application a document confirming the previous trip or papers that indicate the already existing visa status.