How Long Can I Stay in the United States with a B visa?
A B visa is often valid for ten (10) years, but in some cases, the consulate officer who issues the visa may only grant the visa for one (1) or five (5) years. The holder of a B visa will be authorized to stay in the United States for up to six months in a year until their B visa expires.
If the B visa holder wishes to stay in the United States for longer than six (6) months in a year, they may also be eligible for a B visa extension, which may extend the period the visa holder is permitted to stay in the United States for up to six months. In general, a B visa holder may stay for a maximum of one year on any given trip to the United States if the extension is granted.
How Do I Apply for a B visa?
When you apply for a B visa with the assistance of Boyer Law Firm, we will assist you in the preparation of your application and binder of exhibits, which you will then take to an interview with a consulate officer at the U.S. Consulate in your home country. During the visa application process, you will be responsible for providing the firm with certain documents and information required to complete the application and binder of exhibits.
Do I qualify for a B Visa?
In order to be approved for a B visa, you MUST prove that you have strong, bonding ties to your home country. You must also demonstrate that you have no intention of abandoning your residence abroad.
Do I Need to Hire an Immigration Attorney to Apply for a B visa?
Although it is possible to apply for a B visa without the assistance of an immigration attorney, the average individual unfamiliar with the immigration process is likely to make mistakes or forget to include information that can be essential to the approval of the B visa application. Through our vast experience assisting clients with obtaining B visas, we have seen first-hand the little mistakes that, as insignificant as they may seem, could prevent the B visa application’s approval.
In addition, the B visa application requires a letter of explanation, which is essential to the approval of the B visa. A United States immigration attorney knows all of the requirements of the B visa and the laws and regulations that are associated with the application process. This extensive knowledge and experience allows them to draft a far more compelling letter than the average untrained individual.
Should I Apply for A B1 Visa or B2 Visa?
There are two (2) types of B visas. You will apply for either a B1 visa or B2 visa depending on the purpose of your trip:
B1 Visa: For Business Purposes
– Creating and building a business for the purpose of applying for an E2 Treaty Investor’s Visa
– Creating a business for any other purpose
– Consulting with business associates
– Short-term training
– Settling an estate – Probate an Estate
– And other legitimate business purposes
**Please Note: A B1 Visa does NOT allow you to accept employment in the United States**
B2 Visa (Tourist Visa): For Pleasure or Medical Treatment
– Visit friends or relatives
– Attend a conference or sports event
– Participate in a convention organized by a social organization
– Visit the United States to marry a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder
– Come to the United States to receive legitimate medical treatment
Can My Family Members Apply With Me?
Yes. We will use the same application binder for your family members so that your visa appointments at the consulate will occur on the same day.
What if I Don’t Want My Stay In the United States to Be Temporary?
If you intend to come to the United States on a more permanent basis, then you have some options to consider. Although the B visa is granted only for temporary stays, obtaining a B visa can prove to be a great asset in certain situations, including preparing and application for obtaining investor’s visas, such as E2 visas or EB5 visas.
So What Is My Best Option?
If you would like to come to the United States on a more permanent basis, then it must be determined which visa is best for your unique, individual situation. In addition to assisting with the application process, Boyer Law Firm can also analyze your unique situation through an appointment with one of our immigration attorneys, during which they will offer legal advice as to the type of visa that would best suit your needs.