The B2 Visa is issued to tourists, and may also be
granted to spouses, children and parents of B1 Visa holders.
Activities allowed on a B2 are any legitimate
activities of a recreational character, including tourism,
amusement, visits to friends and/or relatives, rest, medical
treatment and activities of a social or service nature.
The B2 Visa can also be used by foreign students
wishing to visit or tour U.S. schools prior to enrollment. You
should make sure to inform the embassy or consulate of your
intentions when you receive the B-2 Visa. You may then be able to
change your status at a later time without leaving the U.S.
To apply for a B2 Visa, you must supply the
A completed visa application. (Some applicants will also be required
to submit an additional form.
Two recent photographs 1 & 1/2 inches square (37mm x 37mm)
of each applicant, with the entire face visible. The picture
should be taken before a light background and without head
A passport, valid for travel to the United States for at least
six months longer than your intended visit.
You may also be asked to provide the following
Evidence showing the purpose of your trip. You may show a
letter sent by a travel agent explaining the purpose and length of
the trip. You may also show letters from relatives or friends that
you intend to visit.
If you are traveling to the U.S. for medical purposes, you
should have a statement from a doctor or medical institution about
A copy of a tour itinerary.
Proof of your intention to leave the U.S. after a temporary
visit. Round-trip air tickets will help show intent to return to
your home country.
Proof that arrangements have been made to cover the cost of
your trip. An affidavit of support may be required for children
who are traveling.
If you do not have enough funds to support yourself while in
the U.S., you must provide evidence that an interested person will
You may also provide evidence that establishes your ties with
the financial sponsor.