US visa application
Firstly, you have to check whether there is any need of you to apply for a US visa. You may not need to apply for a new US visa if you already hold a valid US visa of the classification appropriate to your purpose of travel, or hold a passport eligible for travel under the visa waiver program,or if you hold a Canadian passport.
Points to note while applying for US visa
- Children applying before their 14th Birthday or applicants applying on/after their 80th Birthday or if you previously received a U.S. visa that expired within the last 12 months and you are returning to the United States for the same purpose of travel, you may be able to obtain a visa without coming to the consulate for an interview.
- Children from 8-14 age are required to come in embassy along with both parents. In case one parent is unable to come then that parent can give letter to the other parent stating that they have no objections against child’s US visa application.
- The people of 80 Or above age are not required to come in embassy in person to apply for non immigrant visa if they were found eligible for a US visa.
- A US B1/B2 Tourist Visa is a traditional visa that is affixed to a visa page on your passport. It is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, allowing the holder to travel to the US for business and tourism purpose.
- B1 Business Visa is a non-immigrant visa for temporary visitors to the USA coming for business reasons. An immigrant visa is for a permanent stay in the USA. A business visa, generally known as a visitor visa, is valid for a few months or up to one year, depending on whether the applicant is issued an entry or multiple entry visa.
- The B1 business visa is for people temporarily entering the United States to conduct business activities such as a meeting, conference, consultation and negotiation. They cannot work while in the USA, nor can they be paid from a source in the USA. People who want to work in the USA must enter for work visas such as H1, H2, L1,or other visas. People who enter the USA for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment require a B2 tourist visa.
- Dependants holding a B1 visa must qualify for a B visa on their own. There are limited cases where a B1 visa can be used instead of an H1B visa. This only applies if the beneficiary enters the USA as an employee of a foreign legal entity in order to offer services in the USA. This person must be paid by the foreign employer and may only receive expense allowances or other reimbursements from a US legal entity for expenses incurred during their temporary stay in the USA.
- Family travelling to the US People who enter the USA need a visa first. A visa allows the visa holder to travel to a port of entry in the United States and to apply for immigration permits. The visa may be a non-immigrant visa if the person intends to stay temporarily in the United States. An immigrant visa is for people who plan to live and work permanently in the United States.
- The B2 tourist visa is a non-immigrant visa for people traveling to the United States for pleasure or medical treatment. The B2 visa is generally referred to as a tourist visa. Persons wishing to enter the USA temporarily for business purposes require the B1 Business Visa.
- People with a B2 visa are not allowed to study or work during their stay in the US. In certain cases, holders of a tourist visa may participate in courses that are not credit-based. These courses should not exceed 18 hours per week.
- However, it is always advisable to ask the consulate and the school whether the visa can be used for such studies. Persons who travel to the US to attend courses or conferences and seminars to obtain credits for study require a student visa.