Visitor Visa

What is B visa?

B classification is reserved for nonimmigrant aliens who visit the United States for a short period, and who intend to return to their home country after such period.  The visa is divided into two sub-categories:

  • Temporary Visitor for Business (B-1), when an alien enters the United States to attend meetings or contract negotiations, to purchase goods, or to represent a foreign employer.
  • Temporary Visitor for Pleasure (B-2), when an alien enters the United States to vacation or tour, to visit family or friends, to seek rest or medical treatment, or to participate in activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature.
For how long can a B alien stay in the United States?

Visits to the United States under the B visa category are short, typically ranging from only one week to several months.  An INS officer determines the length of authorized stay for a B alien when the alien enters the United States.

  • Most B-1 visas approved involve only such time for the alien to conduct business on behalf of a foreign employer.  The initial entry period is usually less than three months at a time, and rarely does it exceed six months.  If business requires, a B-1 alien may apply to extend his or her status for a longer period.  A B-1 alien may also apply for an immigrant visa or status.
  • Most B-2 visas approved involve an initial entry period of 30 days.  A B-2 alien may apply to extend his or her status for a longer visit, however any extensions granted may not exceed six months at a time.  A B-2 alien may also apply for an immigrant visa or status.
Can a B alien accept employment while visiting in the United States?

No.  An alien holding a B visa cannot accept employment during his or her visit to the United States.

  • A B-1 alien admitted for professional or commercial endeavors may conduct business on behalf of a foreign employer, but all compensation must be earned and paid from abroad.
  • A B-2 alien cannot work for a United States employer unless authorized by the INS to do so.

Contact Information

U.S. Office Address: 
60 East 42nd Street, 46th Floor             New York, NY 10165, USA
Phone: 646 480-5779 x 4652

Taiwan Office Address:                       台灣台北建國北路二段66號7樓
66 Jianguo North Road, Section 2, 7th Floor, Taipei, Taiwan 
Phone: 02 2515 5855

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