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B-2 Tourist Visa

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the United States with a B-2 tourist visa. SimVisa simplifies the process, ensuring that your travel dreams become a reality.

Our dedicated firm offers:

  • Easy application: A streamlined approach to secure your B-2 visa with ease;
  • Seasoned immigration attorneys: Experienced professionals who will guide you through every step;
  • Flexible pricing: Customizable fee structures that suit your unique requirements;
  • Comprehensive support: Trustworthy assistance throughout the application process.

Reach out today to discover how our B-2 visa lawyers can make your U.S. travel aspirations a seamless and memorable experience.

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Trusted B-2 Visa Lawyers

Our knowledgeable B-2 visa lawyers are based in Chicago but offer guidance to clients across the nation. Whether you're planning a family vacation, medical treatment, or leisure trip to the U.S., our team is here to ensure a smooth and successful application process.

With a deep understanding of immigration regulations, we provide personalized assistance tailored to your needs. Rest assured that no matter where you are, our reliable legal professionals are ready to assist you in achieving your travel goals.

What Is a B-2 Tourist Visa?

What Is a B-2 Tourist Visa?

The B-2 tourist visa is one of two nonimmigrant visa categories. It allows citizens of foreign countries to visit the United States temporarily for tourism, medical treatment, leisure, and recreational purposes.

The B-2 visa is intended specifically for those who wish to explore the U.S., visit family and friends, seek health-related interventions, or participate in short-term courses or workshops.

The B-2 visa is distinct from the B-1 business visa and is meant for non-business-related activities. It typically allows for stays of up to six months, although the specific period is determined by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer upon entry.

You won’t be allowed to travel to the U.S. on a B-2 visa if your reasons include:

  • Pursuing for-credit academic studies;
  • Searching for employment;
  • Participating in activities with compensation;
  • Engaging in journalism work.

If your intentions involve any of the preceding pursuits, you’ll need to apply for a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor visa instead.

Who Is Eligible for a B-2 Visa?

To qualify for a B-2 tourist visa, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Temporary Visit

Your stay must be temporary and for such purposes as tourism, family visits, medical treatment, or participating in recreational events or activities.

Strong Ties

You must demonstrate strong ties to your home country, including family, employment, and/or property, to show your intent to return after your visit.

Sufficient Funds

You should have enough financial resources to cover your travel, accommodation, and living expenses during your stay.

No Plans for Employment

It's illegal for holders of visitor visas to seek employment or receive payment for services rendered while in the U.S.

No Criminal History

You must not have a history of criminal activities or violations, as this could render you ineligible or cause government officials to deny admission.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

Having active health insurance during your U.S. stay is advisable, especially if you're visiting for medical or health reasons.

Visa Waiver Program Participation

Traveling to the U.S. for tourism is simpler for citizens of countries that participate in the United States' Visa Waiver Program. This initiative includes 38 countries and territories, with most European Union nations among them.

If foreign residence is part of this program, you're exempt from applying for the B-2 tourist visa. Residents of Visa Waiver Program countries can visit the U.S. for up to 90 consecutive days without a visa, streamlining the process for short stays.

Activities Permitted Under a B-2 Visa

Activities Permitted Under a B-2 Visa

When you hold a B-2 visitor visa, you're free to engage in the following activities:

  • Tourist activities: Exploring landmarks, attractions, and cultural sites;
  • Family visits: Spending time with relatives in the U.S.;
  • Medical treatments: Receiving necessary medical care;
  • Recreational activities: Taking part in various hobbies, amateur sports competitions, or leisure pastimes;
  • Short courses: Participating in non-credit courses or workshops;
  • Visiting friends: Socializing with friends living in the U.S.;
  • Special events: Going to conferences, seminars, conventions, or workshops;
  • Social events: Engaging in socially focused events and gatherings.

You can find a complete list of approved activities on the U.S. State Department’s website.

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Applying for a B-2 Visa

Applying for a B-2 Visa

If you're considering applying for a B-2 tourist visa, the process will begin at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Alternatively, you can apply in another country where you're not a resident, though this might take longer and involve different (and potentially more stringent) requirements.

Here are the steps you'll need to take to put in your bid for a B-2 tourist visa:

  • Step 1 – Complete Form DS-160: Fill out Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, with accurate information. After submitting the form, print out the confirmation page, which you'll need for your visa interview;
  • Step 2 – Upload a digital photograph: Provide a recent passport-sized photograph that meets the U.S. State Department's visa photo requirements;
  • Step 3 – Pay the visa fee: You can make a payment online via a bank transfer or in cash at an authorized bank. Make sure you keep your receipt as proof of payment;
  • Step 4 – Schedule a visa interview: Book a visa interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and attend the interview on the scheduled date. Plan on bringing your DS-160 confirmation page, visa fee payment receipt, passport, and any necessary supporting documents;
  • Step 5 – Prepare for the interview: Review your application details, clarify the purpose of your visit, and be ready to answer questions about your background and ties to your home country;
  • Step 6 – Attend the interview: During your appointment, a consular officer will review your application and inquire about your travel plans, details of your life in your home country, and intentions in the U.S. Make it a point to give clear and honest responses;
  • Step 7 – Await a decision: After the interview, the officer will determine whether you qualify for a B-2 visa. If you're approved, your passport will be stamped with the visa, allowing you to enter the U.S.; if you're denied, you'll receive a letter explaining the reason.

To ensure that your B-2 visa application process goes smoothly, consider seeking assistance from an experienced immigration lawyer. Their vast knowledge of immigration law and its attendant procedures will prove valuable as you proceed through the required steps, improving your chances of a successful visa application.

Supporting Documents for B-2 Visa Application

When applying for a B-2 visa, you'll need to provide several essential documents to support your application. These documents will verify your identity and demonstrate your eligibility and intent for a temporary visit to the United States.

The following documents and details are typically required as part of a B-2 visa application:

  • Valid passport: Your passport must have a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S.;
  • DS-160 confirmation: Print the confirmation page of Form DS-160 that you completed online; this item will confirm your application details;
  • Digital photograph: Provide a recent passport-sized photograph that adheres to U.S. visa photo specifications;
  • Visa fee payment receipt: Include proof of payment for the B-2 visa application fee, either through an online bank transfer or a cash payment receipt from an authorized bank;
  • Travel itinerary: Present a detailed itinerary of your visit to the U.S., including your arrival and departure dates, accommodation arrangements, and any activities you have planned;
  • Proof of financial means: Demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover your travel expenses by providing documents such as bank statements, pay stubs, or evidence of financial support;
  • Ties to home country: Showcase a strong connection to your home country through documents like employment letters, family commitments, and/or property ownership or other economic ties;
  • Invitation letters (optional): If you're visiting friends or family, it may help to include an invitation letter outlining the purpose of your visit, your relationship with the host, and their contact information;
  • Medical records (if applicable): If you're seeking medical treatment in the U.S., provide relevant medical records, doctors' letters, and details about the procedure or treatment you plan to receive;
  • Supporting documentation: Include any additional documents that substantiate your purpose of travel, such as event invitations, conference registrations, or course enrollment confirmation.

Note that the specific documents required may vary based on your individual circumstances and the requirements and procedures of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate you apply through. Keep in mind also that providing the required documentation doesn't guarantee entry.

How Long Can You Stay in the U.S. with a B-2 Visa?

Generally, a B-2 visa allows foreign citizens seeking entry to the United States to stay for up to six months per visit.

That said, the actual length of your authorized stay is determined by the CBP entry officers who greet you at your port of entry when you arrive in the U.S. A CBP officer will stamp your passport with the admitted-until date, which signifies the last day you're allowed to remain in the country.

If you wish to extend your stay beyond the initial six months, you may apply for an extension. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows B-2 visa holders to request additional time if there's a valid reason for the extension, such as unexpected events or further tourism plans.

It's imperative that you apply for the extension before your visa expires to avoid violating the terms of your visit.

Can a B-2 Tourist Visa Be Denied?

You could be denied a B-2 visa if the U.S. consular officer reviewing your application determines that you don't meet the eligibility criteria or has concerns about the purpose of your visit.

More specifically, there are several reasons why foreign nationals might have their applications denied:

  • Inadequate ties to home country: If you can't sufficiently demonstrate strong ties to your home country, the officer may suspect that you have intentions to overstay or violate the terms of your visa;
  • Insufficient financial proof: Officials may deny admission if you can't provide adequate evidence of your financial ability to cover travel expenses, accommodation, and living costs during your stay;
  • Lack of genuine intent: If the consular officer doubts the legitimacy of your stated reason for visiting the U.S., they might reject your application;
  • Criminal history: Certain criminal violations can result in visa denial, especially if they indicate a potential risk to U.S. security;
  • Misrepresentation: Providing false or misleading information in your application can lead to denial and potential visa ineligibility in the future;
  • Overstaying or violating previous visas: You might be turned down for a B-2 visa if you've overstayed a previous visa or otherwise violated immigration laws in the past;
  • Unresolved inconsistencies: If there are inconsistencies or discrepancies in your application or interview responses, the officer might deny your visa.

An experienced attorney can provide assistance if you've been denied a visa or want to maximize your chances of a successful application.

How SimVisa Can Help

Obtaining a B-2 tourist visa is far easier when you work with SimVisa. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the immigration process and can leverage that knowledge to ensure that you're granted entry.

Along with peerless legal acumen, our firm offers the following benefits:

Compassionate Guidance

Compassionate Guidance

Our helpful immigration lawyers will walk you through the application process step by step.

Tailored Strategies

We'll take a personalized approach that aligns with B-2 tourist visa criteria for a stronger application.

Meticulous Document Preparation

We'll compile and organize all of the necessary documents, ensuring a more comprehensive submission.

Effective Interview Preparation

Effective Interview Preparation

As your interview date draws near, we'll help you get ready for the meeting by allowing you to practice your responses and effectively address potential concerns.

Dedicated Case Representation

Our professional case representation strategies will enhance your chances of approval.

Timely Updates

We'll keep you informed with regular updates on notable developments throughout the process.

Unwavering Support

As your legal counsel and travel partner, SimVisa will set you up for success by extending reliable assistance, advice, and support whenever you need it.

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SohYoon Atac
Co-founder of SimVisa with over 17 years of experience in immigration law.


  • Juris Doctorate - Chicago Kent College of Law
  • Bachelor's Degree - The University of Chicago
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Why Choose Us?

Our firm is your trusted partner for seamless B-2 visa solutions.

Our unique qualifications include three key attributes that promise to lend you a distinct advantage:

  • Tailored strategies: We recognize that every visitor visa applicant is a little different, which is why we craft strategies that reflect your specific intentions and circumstances;
  • Transparent communication: Our commitment to open, honest communication ensures that you know what's going on at all times and that all relevant concerns are addressed;
  • Efficiency: Our systematic procedure, which we've refined through years of experience, serves to improve application strength and minimize delays.

When you partner with SimVisa, you’ll get fast, effective legal services and ongoing support at a fair price — guaranteed.

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Can I work on a B-2 visa?

B-2 visa holders aren't permitted to work or engage in gainful employment in the U.S.

Can I apply for a B-2 visa if I've previously visited the United States?

Prior visits don't automatically disqualify you from applying for a B-2 visa. However, your intentions and present circumstances will be a factor in determining whether you're approved.

Can I study on a B-2 visa?

B-2 visa holders can't typically enroll in full-time academic programs. However, short courses or workshops are permissible.

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