B-1/ B-2 Visitor Visa
B-1 and B-2 visa classification is available to foreign born nationals
who wish to enter the U.S. temporarily for business (B-1), or for pleasure
or medical treatment (B-2). A B-1 or B-2 visa may only be used
for the stated purpose or intent. Except under very limited circumstances, persons
planning to travel to the U.S. for any other purpose such as study, employment, training,
etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category, even if they already
possess a valid B visa.) Moreover, a person may not hold more than one Non-immigrant
visa classifications at a time, including B-1/B-2.
If the applicant is outside of the U.S., he or she must apply directly at the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. (Please note: in some cases, the applicant must
apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his or her home country. See the Visa
Issuance section for more details.)
If the applicant is inside the U.S. and wishes to change to or extend his or her
B-1 or B-2 Non-immigrant visa status, he or she must apply for approval
from the USCIS. A variety of limitations and factors may preclude one's
eligibility to change or extend one's B-1 or B-2 Non-immigrant
visa status and consultation with a licensed immigration attorney is strongly recommended.
The duration of one's stay in B-1 or B-2 status is stamped
onto the most recent I-94 Departure Record. This document is received either upon
entry to the U.S. in B-1 or B-2 status or is attached to the most recent
I-797 Notice of Action granting a change of status or extension of status as issued
by the USCIS—whichever I-94 is issued later in time. Some Embassies and
Consulates issue multiple-entry B1/B2 visas that are valid for up to ten years. However,
this does not mean that the visa holder is permitted to stay in the U.S. for ten
years. The expiration date on the visa indicates until only the date until
which the visa holder may enter the U.S.. In contrast, the date on the I-94 card
indicates the date until which the bearer may remain in the U.S. on that
B1/B2 Non-immigrant status does not confer work authorization.
B-1 visa holders may only accept payment by foreign employers, except
under very limited circumstances. B-2 visa holders are not permitted to earn wages
or any contractual payment from a U.S. source.