One of the most important steps before your travels is getting your application for a B1/B2 visa filled in correctly.
Make sure everything goes smoothly and you receive a positive response during an interview at the consulate by following this post.
Are B-1 and B-2 Visas Different?
Originally B-1 visa is issued to travellers going to the United States for business purposes or to attend conferences and other professional events. While the B-2 visa is for visiting friends and family, medical care, taking part in non-commercial activities and casual travelling.
Considering the application process is the same for both streams, the B-1 and B-2 visas are combined to make a B-1/B-2 visa.
B-1/B-2 Application Process
To submit your application for your travel and business visa you need to fill out the DS-160 form using the U.S State Department website. There you also pay the $160 non-refundable fee for the application. Attach a high-quality digital photo to your B-1/B-2 visa for the application to be valid.
Once you’ve filled in the DS-160 form, you should make an appointment with a U.S embassy for an interview. Keep in mind that all applying members of the family got to have separate accounts on the U.S government’s website.
To submit your request for the appointment you will need:
- Your passport number
- Your payment receipt number
- The confirmation of your DS-160 application
Prepare the following documents to go in your DS-160 application:
- DS-160 confirmation
- Printed proof of confirmation for your appointment
- The same U.S DS-160 visa photo as in your online form
- Confirmation of the payed fee
- A passport that is valid for at least another 6 months with an empty page
It is best to prepare some extra documents for your interview to increase your chances of your application being approved. You may need to bring the originals, but for some papers it’s acceptable to include the photocopied documents.
You don’t have to book your flights or accommodation in advance, although it’s always better to have your trip’s outline on hand to present to the consulate. You may be asked questions about your purpose of stay or where you wish to stay the longest, so you should be prepared with a decent answer to satisfy the ambassadors.
What Else Do I Need to Include in Your B-1/B-2 Package?
Although the requirements for each candidate are a subject to change, the general documents required are as follows:
Latest bank statement
A bank statement from the sponsor’s bank account if the applicant is not the one paying for the trip
Proof of responsibilities back home. This may include information about properties or family members that require your care
A letter from your employer with a statement of your salary, position and the length of your employment period
In case you want to learn more about the conditions for the business and tourist visa to the U.S, you should check the given B-1/B-2 FAQ information here.