U.S. Visas: B-2
A B-2 is a visa issued to persons visiting the United States for pleasure.
Who Qualifies for B-2 Visa Classification?
Eligible pleasure activities are defined as legitimate activities of a recreational character and include:
- Visits with friends or relatives;
- Medical treatment; or
- Activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature.
Other activities classified under the B-2 visa include:
- Amateur entertainers and athletes to perform in a social or charitable context or to compete in a talent show, contest, or athletic event without compensation except for incidental expenses;
- Dependents of alien members of the U.S. armed forces temporarily assigned duty in the U.S.;
- Dependents of crewmembers (“D”) solely to accompany the principal alien;
- Aliens coming to the U.S. to marry a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien, upon establishing that after the marriage, they will depart from the U.S., even though intending ultimately to immigrate;
- Aliens whose purpose in entering is to marry an alien in valid nonimmigrant (F, H, J, L, M) status if they have a residence abroad to which they intend to return;
- Nonimmigrants accompanying a U.S. spouse or parent on a temporary visit;
- Dependents of nonimmigrants for whom no derivative classification is available, e.g., the elderly parent of an “E” alien;
- Aliens and their dependents who enter to apply for special naturalization benefits, on the basis of U.S. military service;
- Under emergency circumstances, temporary entry for lawful permanent residents who lack appropriate documentation;
- Dependents of B-1 visa holders;
- Attendance at a short course of study when incidental to a clearly proper visit.
What are the Requirements for a B-2 Visa?
CHANGE OF STATUS IN THE U.S.:
If the applicant is presently in the United States, in valid status, VISANOW can file an application for a change of status to B-2 with the USCIS.
B-2 APPLICATION AT A U.S. CONSULATE:
If the applicant is residing outside of the United States, the applicant will submit Form DS-156 and possibly Form DS-157 to the Consular office in the country where he/she resides.
An interview at the local U.S. embassy is required for almost all applicants for B-1 visas. The waiting times for the interviews will vary. If the B-2 visa is approved, the embassy will issue a visa stamp in the applicant’s passport within a week of the interview. The officer may request that some applicants provide additional information.
Applicants for a B-2 visa must show that:
- They have “nonimmigrant intent” i.e. intent to depart the U.S. after the completion of their activities in the U.S;
- They have a foreign residence that they intend to maintain;
- They will be engaging in activities permitted under the B-2 visa and they will not be engaging in gainful employment in the U.S; and
- They have adequate financial arrangements to carry out the purpose of their visit.
Can B-2 Dependents Be Employed?
No, there is no gainful employment allowed under this visa classification for either the primary visa holder or the dependent.
How Long Is The B-2 Visa Valid?
A B-2 visa is valid for up to ten years. Upon entry, a B-2 visa holder is usually given a six-month stay, which can be extended for another six-month period.