What is the Criteria for Tourist Visas

Anyone who wants to visit the United States on a temporary basis must obtain a visa before they can enter the country. Tourist visas are special temporary visas that allow non-immigrants to come into the United States as visitors. It is helpful to learn more about the criteria for tourist visas as well as how to apply for one.

Overview of Tourist Visas

Tourist visas are also called visitor visas. These visas are for foreign nationals who want to enter the United States for a short period of time. There are two types of visas available including the B-1 and B-2. A B-1 visa is for temporary business travelers, while the B-2 is for pleasure or tourism purposes. Tourist visa holders are not allowed to work in the United States. In order to obtain a tourist visa the applicant must meet the qualifications.

Requirements Needed for Tourist Visas

In order to apply for a non-immigrant visa you must show that you have significant ties to your homeland. You must be traveling on a temporary basis, and must not work while in the United States. You are also not allowed to attend school, perform, work in journalism, or take up permanent residence in the country. If you want to do any of these things you’ll need a different type of visa.

Application for a B1 or B2 Visa

You must apply for a B1 or B2 visa in your homeland before you travel. The application is called a Form DS-160 and can be filed online. After your application is processed an interview will be scheduled through your Embassy or Consulate. Be sure to apply for a visa well before your planned trip. It is important that you prepare for your interview.

Prepare for your Visa Interview

You will need to gather documentation needed for your visa interview. The instructions will be provided to you. Generally, you will need to bring your valid passport, the confirmation of your DS-160 application, fee payment receipt, and photo. Additional documentation may be necessary. You must provide the purpose of your trip and proof of your intent to return to your homeland. Your ties to your residence will be reviewed when determining issuance of a visa.

The visa application process can be difficult and confusing. The laws and guidelines are in a state of change, so it is best to review your needs with an attorney before you apply. Call the experienced lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your situation today.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Tourist Visas, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.