What is the Difference Between a B-1 Visa and a B-2 Visa?

Visitors who plan on temporarily staying in the United States must have a temporary visa in order to do so. There are two types of visitor visas: B-1 visas and B-2 visas. Although both of these types of visas serve a similar purpose, they have different requirements for application and are provided to different types of temporary visitors to the U.S.

B-1 Visas

B-1 visas are provided to people who will be entering the country for business purposes. This may include visitors who are attending a conference, meeting with coworkers or business associates, completing a training course, participating in negotiations, or other work-related responsibilities that require travel to the United States. To be eligible for a B-1 visa, an applicant must provide the reason they will be visiting the U.S. and the timeline of the trip, as well as proof that they will be able to fund the trip. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they will be returning to their home country — usually, this is done by providing evidence of a permanent residence. With a B-1 visa, a person can stay in the country for 1 to 6 months. An extension of up to 6 months may be permitted in some cases.

B-2 Visas

B-2 visas are given to visitors who will be in the U.S. temporarily, but for reasons that are not related to work or business. This may include tourists, students, and people who are coming to the country to receive medical treatment. Similar to the B-1 visa requirements, B-2 visa applicants must show that their trip will be temporary and sufficiently funded, and provide their reason for entering the U.S. B-2 visas are permitted for stays totalling a couple of months.

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