The Purpose Driven Visa

The Wider Scope of B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Explained

The B-1 and B-2 visa has mistakenly been limited and labeled as the ‘Tourist visa’. However, it is better referred to as the Visitor visa, which extends way beyond the purpose of touring the United States.  Rather, the purpose for which a Foreign National can visit the United States or change visa status to a Visitor in the U.S. is vast. 

This article post illustrates a few scenarios where a Visitor visa is appropriate.  For instance, our law firm often files visas with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services or the U.S. Consulate for clients seeking opportunities in the United States.  An intended visitor to the U.S. may apply for visitor visa with the purpose of seeking business ventures, visiting colleges & universities, medical or legal reasons, and meeting on-line connections in person… just to name a few possibilities.  

It is important to have U.S. Immigration legal counsel prepare an itinerary that clearly demonstrates and documents the purpose of the visit for the entire length of stay. We often represent clients who are in an alternative U.S. visa status to visitor status as well. For instance, if a foreign national is in the United States on a J-1 cultural exchange visa,  F-1 student visa, L-1, E-1 or E-2 visa  set to expire; a temporary change of status to a B-1/B-2 visitor visa is often ideal, to ensure no unlawful presence is accrued, while remaining in the country to pivot towards a new visa based on individual or family goals.   

If a U.S. citizen lives and works abroad there are B-1/B-2 visitor visas available for their nanny or housekeeper when traveling back to the United States. The requirements of eligibility are not explained in this article. 

The typical grant of stay in the U.S. on a visitor visa is six months. Foreign Nationals may change their status and extend his or her stay through experienced immigration legal counsel prior to visa status expiration needed. 

When applying for a visitor visa, strong evidence showing non-immigrant intent is required. Also, since work in the U.S. is not allowed while visiting in most situations, a financial plan to fund one’s visit is essential to be approved as a visitor to the States. Hiring an immigration lawyer from the beginning allows careful planning to prepare a visitor visa, since it is the most popular category of visa applied for and denied.  

Experienced legal counsel greatly improves the chances of an approved visitor visa from the outset, especially without any prior visa denials.

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