Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for people who want to enter the U.S. temporarily for tourism, vacation or to visit family or friends.
A B-2 visa applicant will attend an in-person interview at the U.S. Consulate in his or her home country. The applicant must demonstrate to the consular officer that he qualifies for a visa in accordance with U.S. Immigration Law. Every B-2 visa applicant is presumed to be an intending immigrant. The applicant must overcome this presumption by showing:
- That the purpose of his trip to the U.S. is for a temporary visit, such as tourism, pleasure or to visit family
- That he plans to remain in the U.S. for a specific, limited period of time (up to six months)
- That the applicant has evidence of funds to cover his expenses while in the U.S.
- And that he has a residence outside the U.S., as well as other binding social or economic ties, that will ensure his return home at the end of his visit