B-1/B-2 Visas

/ Non-immigrant visas

The B-1 and B-2 visas are both non-immigrant visa categories for temporary visitors to the United States, but they serve different purposes.


B-1 Visa (Business Visitor Visa):

  • The B-1 visa is intended for individuals traveling to the United States for business-related purposes;
  • Common uses of the B-1 visa include attending business meetings, conferences, and negotiations; exploring investment opportunities; conducting market research; and participating in short-term training;
  • B-1 visa holders are not authorized to work or be employed in the United States and cannot engage in gainful employment. However, they may receive reimbursement for certain allowable expenses related to their business activities;
  • The B-1 visa is typically granted for a short duration, such as several months, and extensions may be possible for those who need additional time for legitimate business purposes.

B-2 Visa (Tourist/Visitor for Pleasure Visa)

  • The B-2 visa is intended for individuals traveling to the United States for tourism, leisure, and personal reasons;
  • Common uses of the B-2 visa include vacationing, visiting family and friends, seeking medical treatment, and participating in recreational or social activities;
  • B-2 visa holders are not authorized to work or engage in gainful employment in the United States. The activities must be temporary and non-business in nature;
  • Like the B-1 visa, the B-2 visa is typically granted for a short duration, and extensions may be possible if the visitor has valid reasons for an extended stay.

In some cases, travelers may combine the B-1 and B-2 visas to accommodate both business and tourist activities during their visit to the United States. This combination is often referred to as a B-1/B-2 visa or a B-1/B-2 status. However, individuals must be clear about the primary purpose of their visit and adhere to the terms and conditions of the appropriate visa category during their stay.

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