The B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa is for short-term business (B-1) and pleasure (B-2) travel to the United States, as well as medical travel (B-2). The B-1 visa is usually issued to individuals entering the United States to consult with business partners, attend scientific, educational, professional or business events and conferences, resolve property law issues, and participate in business negotiations. The B-2 visa is issued for personal travel. The purpose of such a trip may be tourism, visiting friends or relatives, obtaining medical care and participating in various non-commercial activities (interest groups, social, charitable, etc.). Often the categories B-1 and B-2 are combined, issuing a B-1 / B-2 visa.
According to a2zdirectory.org, an applicant applying for a B-1/B-2 visa must demonstrate to a consular officer that he or she meets the criteria for issuance of visas under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, every applicant applying for a B-1/B-2 visa is considered a potential immigrant. It is your responsibility to overcome this legal presumption by demonstrating the following facts:
- The purpose of your trip to the United States is for short-term business, pleasure or medical purposes.
- You will be in the US for a certain amount of time.
- You have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in the US.
- You have permanent residence outside the United States and social and economic ties to ensure that you return at the end of your trip.
The cost of issuing a tourist and business multi-visa visa to the USA B1 / B2 when booking a tour or hotel is 220 USD
Included in cost:
- advice on the preparation and execution of documents
- consular fee payment
- filling in the questionnaires and their registration at the consulate
- confirmation of residence in the USA
- record for an interview
- obtaining passports from the consulate
(To receive, you must provide us with a power of attorney and a copy of your Russian passport).
Multiple visas are opened for 1 or 3 years (at the discretion of the consulate)
Supporting documents for obtaining a US visa
Supporting documents are just one of the many factors that a consular officer considers when considering your application at an interview. Consular officers consider each case individually and take into account professional, social, cultural and other factors when making a decision. The consular officer can take into account your intentions, family situation, long-term plans and prospects related to your country of permanent residence. Each case is considered individually and comprehensively, in accordance with the law.
Attention! Do not try to provide fake documents. Fraud and misrepresentation can result in a permanent visa ban. If you need to maintain the confidentiality of information, you should bring documents to the US embassy or consulate in a sealed envelope. The US Embassy or Consulate will not disclose the contents of such documents to third parties and will keep the information confidential.
You must bring the following documents to the interview. In all cases, preference should be given to original documents over copies. All documents are brought to the interview in person. Sending supporting documents to a US embassy or consulate by fax, email, or regular mail is not allowed.
- Documents confirming the financial solvency of the applicant, tax payments, the availability of property, business shares and other assets. These documents should reflect current data.
- Information about the itinerary of the trip and / or other explanations related to this trip.
- A certificate from the place of work indicating the position, salary, duration of the period of work in this organization, approval of the vacation and the purpose of the business trip to the United States (if any).
- Information about criminal arrests and convictions, as well as convictions, regardless of the place of issuance, even if you have served your entire sentence or have been pardoned.
In addition to this information, it is necessary to provide the following documents, depending on the purpose of the trip.
Take your education documents with you: certificates, diplomas, diploma supplements. Also take with you documents confirming that you are currently studying at a higher education institution, and documents confirming your financial capabilities, such as monthly bank statements and cash receipts (or other documents) on contributions to the deposit, etc..
Bring a certificate of employment and pay slips for the last three months.
Entrepreneurs and heads of organizations:
Take with you documents confirming your position in the company and the amount of salary.
Take with you a copy of proof of relative status, such as a green card (US residence permit), certificate of naturalization, valid visa, etc. Also take a letter (copy, fax letter) from friends or relatives in the United States indicating your relationship (degree of relationship) and information about the proposed trip. A copy of the letter does not require notarization.
Former US Visitors:
If you have ever been to the US, please bring proof of your current immigration or visa status with you.
You can fill out the questionnaire in Russian. We ask you to carefully fill in all the necessary columns of the questionnaire: addresses, postal codes, telephone numbers, etc.
The term for issuing visas to the United States takes an average of 3 to 6 weeks: waiting for an interview from 5 to 10 days, issuing a visa after an interview from 3 to 4 days. A visa to the USA is issued for a period of 1-3 years, in rare cases – a single entry for a period of 3 months.
During the interview, a quick digital fingerprint scan is performed without the use of ink.
Children under 14 and seniors over 79 do not need to be fingerprinted or appear in person at the interview. Children between the ages of 14 and 16 are allowed to be interviewed at the embassy accompanied by their parents or authorized persons.
- The visa photo must meet certain requirements regarding the size and nature of the image. Submitting a photograph that does not meet these requirements may delay the processing of your application. The digital photograph uploaded to the website when completing Form DS-160 must meet the requirements illustrated in the figure below.
- Head size
- The height of the head image (from the top, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) should be 50-70% of the height of the photograph. The eye level line should be 55-70% (i.e. approximately 2/3) of the height of the photograph from the bottom edge of the photograph.
- Photo dimensions
- The photo must be square (length equals width), 5 x 5 cm in size. The minimum photo resolution is 600 x 600 pixels (height x width). The maximum photo resolution is 1200 x 1200 pixels (height x width).
- The photograph should show the entire head, from the top of the head with hair to the bottom of the chin. In a good photograph, the height of the head image should be 25-35 mm, which corresponds to 50-70% of the height of the image.
- The eyes in the photograph must be open. The eye line should be at 2/3 of the height of the photo (28–35 mm, about 60%) from the bottom edge of the photo.
- The background should be blank and the color should be white or almost white. It is recommended to be photographed against a white or almost white surface.
Citizens of certain countries may be denied visas under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The decision to issue a visa, as well as the decision to refuse, is made by the Visa Officer, who conducts the interview. The correctness of the data indicated in the questionnaire corresponds to the data that the applicant provides directly when filling out the questionnaire.