Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers temporarily visiting the United States. The visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry.
International travelers visit the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, studies, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work.
Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel! Do not make non-refundable travel purchases until you have your visa in hand!
Travelers entering the United States are not required to present documentation of yellow fever vaccination; however, travelers transiting the United States en route to another destination should check the appropriate country for current guidance.
Tourism – B2 Visa
In general, tourists traveling to the United States require valid B-2 visas. That is unless they are eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program, or they are a national of a country which has an agreement with the United States allowing their citizens to travel to the United States without B-2 visas.
If you are not eligible to travel visa free, or are not a national of a country where B-2 visa requirements are waived, you will be required to apply for a visa before traveling.
All B-2 visa applicants, even children and babies listed in parents’ passports are required to:
- Complete the visa application form DS-160
- Pay the visa application fee
- Present a passport or other valid travel document. If the passport is damaged, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying for the visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application
- Provide one photograph which meets State Department requirements
Note: The decision to approve or deny the application will be based on the interview and information provided orally. However, the consular officer may ask the applicant to provide documentary evidence of the following:
- funds sufficient to cover all expenses while in the United States
- a residence abroad to which he/she intends to return at the end of the stay in the United States. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments to some country other than the United States sufficient to cause the applicant to return there at the conclusion of his/her stay.