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frequently asked questions B-1 and B-2 Visas
Activities allowed for visitors on B Visas
Some of the most common nonimmigrant visas are the visitor visas which are used for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1 Visa), for tourism/pleasure or medical attention (B-2 Visa), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1 Visa/B-2 Visa).
- Which Visa is required to travel to the United States for a temporary period?
- Which activities are allowed with a B-1 Visa for business?
- Which activities are allowed with a B-2 Visa for tourism/pleasure or medical attention?
- Which Activities are allowed on a Visitor Visa?
- I will be travelling to the United States for medical treatment: am I required to produce documents?
- Are there any additional requirements I should be aware of?
Visas required to travel to the United States for business, recreation or medical needs
Activities permitted with a B-1 visa for business
- Consult with business associates
- Attend a scientific, educational, professional or business convention or conference
- Settle an estate
- Negotiate a contract
Activities allowed with a B-2 Visa for tourism/pleasure or medical attention
- Visit with friends or relatives
- Medical treatment
- Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social or service organizations
- Participation by amateurs in musical, sports or similar events or contests if not being paid for participating
- Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree
Activities allowed on a Visitor Visa
- Paid performances, or any professional performance before a paying audience
- Arrival as a crew member on a ship or aircraft
- Work as a foreign press, in radio, film, print journalism or other information media
- Permanent residence in the United States.
Seeking medical treatment in the United States
- Medical diagnosis from a local physician
- Letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States stating that they are willing to treat for a specific ailment and detaining the length and cost of treatment
- Proof of that your transportation, medical and living expenses in the United States will be paid.
Additional B-1/B-2 visa requirements you should be aware of
- to have a valid passport for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States;
- The DS160 confirmation page and proof of applicant fee payment;
Additional documentation may be required establishing:
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip
212(e) Hardship Waiver Success Story for J-1 Visa
- Date filed: 04/17/2018
- Date approved: 12/12/2018
Client is a professional from Lebanon. Client is married to a United States Citizen and the couple recently had a baby in the U.S. Client entered the U.S. as a J1, subject to the two year home residency requirement.
The Ranchod Law Group filed for a hardship waiver so client could remain in the U.S. with her American spouse and child, under Chapter 45 Waiver of Section 212(e) Foreign Residence Requirement, (45.3 – Waiver Based on exceptional hardship to U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse or Child).
The case was based mostly off of arguments concerning the hardship inherent to the family’s relocation to Lebanon due to country conditions.
In order to win the case, The Ranchod Law Group argued the American spouse and/or child would suffer exceptional hardship if Client returned to Lebanon without her family to complete her home residency requirement. To support this part of the case we argued exceptional emotional hardship – hardship to the American spouse’s mental health.
We are so happy Client will be able to remain in the U.S. with her American spouse and child. Client’s next step, now that she is no longer subject to the home residency requirement, will be to apply for a marriage based greencard.
Other Success Stories and Information for J-1 Visa Holders:
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- Exceptional Hardship Waiver for Client from India, Program Sponsor: ECFMG
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