What activities are permitted for visitors on B-1 or B-2 Visas?


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).

  1. Which Visa is required to travel to the United States for a temporary period?
  2. Which activities are allowed with a B-1 Visa for business?
  3. Which activities are allowed with a B-2 Visa for tourism/pleasure or medical attention?
  4. Which Activities are allowed on a Visitor Visa?
  5. I will be travelling to the United States for medical treatment: am I required to produce documents?
  6. Are there any additional requirements I should be aware of?




Visas required to travel to the United States for business, recreation or medical needs




B-1 Visa and B-2 Visa are a category of non-immigrant visas issued by the United States government to foreign citizens seeking entry for a temporary period. The two types of B Visa are the B-1 Visa, issued to those seeking entry for business purposes, and the B-2 Visa, issued to those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes. Citizens of certain countries do not need to obtain a Visa for these purposes.

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Activities permitted with a B-1 visa for business




Professionals, executives, academic personnel can:

  • Consult with business associates
  • Attend a scientific, educational, professional or business convention or conference
  • Settle an estate
  • Negotiate a contract

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Activities allowed with a B-2 Visa for tourism/pleasure or medical attention




Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor on a B-2 Visa:

  • Tourism
  • Vacation(Holiday)
  • 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

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Activities allowed on a Visitor Visa




Visitor Visas do not allow you to travel for the purpose of:

  • Study
  • Employment
  • 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.

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Seeking medical treatment in the United States




If you are seeking medical treatment in the United States, the consular officer may ask you for additional evidence:

  • 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.

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Additional B-1/B-2 visa requirements you should be aware of




You will be required:

  • 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

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