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Visitor Visa Categories
Before you begin your travel, uncover all the strategies that exist to ensure the best decisions are made for you and your family on How to Come to the U.S.A and get an US Visitor Visa. The US Non Immigrant Visa category is divided into three sub-categories, with each sub-category allowing international visitors to enter the country for a period of up to six months. Certain criteria will need to be met in order to obtain a US Visitor Visa and those criteria will depend upon the type of Visitor Visa that you require.
Visa Waiver Program ESTA
Tourism or Business for less than 90 Days
Travelers approved under the Visa Waiver Program can visit the U.S. for a stay of less than 90 days for tourism or business purposes. Business refers to meetings, conferences, or any related trip in which the traveler will not be earning money.
Visa Waiver Program Eligible Countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom.
Visa Waiver Countries Travelers in transit in the U.S. are also eligible to apply for visa waiver rather than applying for a transit visa.
B1 Business Visitor Visa - DS 160
Business travel for up to 180 days. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa:
negotiate a contract
consult with business associates
attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference
settle an estate
Learn More about the B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Process
B2 Tourism Visitor Visa - DS 160
Tourism travel for up to 180 days. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa:
visit with friends or relatives
participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
participation by amateurs in art, 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 (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).