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B1/ B2 Visas are temporary, non-immigrant visas used for short travel to the United States for either business (visa category B1) or tourisms purposes (visa category B-2), or both (B-1/B-2). If you are looking to move to the U.S. permanently, please see information on immigrate visas.


Some Examples of Activities Permitted with a Visitor Visa: 

Business Visa (B-1)

  • Consult with business associates
  • Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference
  • Settle an estate
  • Negotiate a contract


Tourism Visa (B-2)

  • Tourism
  • Holiday
  • Visit with friends or relatives
  • Medical treatment
  • Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
  • Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
  • Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation)


How to Apply:
  • Complete the online DS-160 application form and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. Each individual in a family who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
  • Upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.


Please note: Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Please monitor the Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service as scheduling is constantly being updated and new appointments are always being added.


Required Documents to Bring to Your Interview:
  • Passport valid for travel to the United States – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

Please Note: If you take a resident appointment slot, you must bring your residency permit if you are not a Cypriot passport holder.


Visa confirmation sample
A sample of the DS-160 confirmation form you should bring to your interview.


When You Attend Your Visa Interview:

A Consular Officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a visitor visa. You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law. Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of the application process.

After your visa interview, the Consular Officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing. You will be informed if this necessary.

If you are approved for a visa, your passport with your new visa will be returned to you via your local ACS Courier.


Please note: A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.


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