B visa

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A B visa is one of a category of visas issued by the United States government to foreign citizens seeking entry for a temporary period. The two types of B visa are the B-1 visa, issued to those seeking entry for business purposes, and the B-2 visa, issued to those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes. In practice, the two visa categories are usually combined together and issued as a "B1/B2 visa" valid for a temporary visit for either business or pleasure, or a combination of the two. Visitors from some countries do not need to obtain a visa for these purposes (see United States visas).

In FY-2012, out of 6.7 million applications for a B visa, 5.3 million were approved (80%).[1]

Cost[edit]

The cost of a B visa consists of the application fee, which all applicants must pay (currently 160 USD[2]), and the issuance fee, which varies by nation, based on a fee reciprocity table.[3]

Currently, as of October 2014, nationals of the following countries have to pay the reciprocity fee.[4]

CountryPrice
Angola$10.00
Burma$32.00
Cameroon$240.00
Central African Republic$40.00
Comoros$31.00
Congo (Brazzaville)$20.00
Congo (Kinshasa)$150.00
Kyrgyzstan$45.00
Libya$10.00
Oman$15.00
Papua New Guinea$15.00
Sudan$19.00
Turkmenistan$355.00
Yemen$30.00

Validity period and duration of stay[edit]

US visa validity period
  United States
  120 months
  60 months
  24-48 months
  12 months
  Under 12 months

As with other non-immigrant U.S. visas, a B1/B2 visa has a validity period (from 1 to 10 years), allows for either one or multiple entries into the U.S, and elicits a period of stay (maximum 6 months) recorded by the Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry on the individual's form I-94.[5]

Validity periods per country are listed in the U.S. Department of State Visa Reciprocity Tables and vary from 1 month for DR Congo,3 years for Russia, and 5 years for Pakistan, to 10 years for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, Tunisia and most European Countries.

Periods of stay for B-1 visas may be granted initially for a duration long enough to allow the visitor to conduct their business, up to a maximum of 6 months, and can be extended for another 6 months;[6] B-1 visas usually granted for three months or less, while B-2 visas are generally granted for six months.[7] Extensions are possible, provided the individual has not violated the conditions of their admission.[8]

A Border Crossing Card (BCC), also called a laser visa, has a 10-year validity and functions as both a BCC and a B1/B2 visitor's visa.[9]

Validity of visas by nationality for B-1/B-2 visa:[10]

CountryValidity (in months)
Afghanistan12
Albania36
Algeria24
Angola24
Antigua and Barbuda120
Argentina120
Armenia120
Australia12
Azerbaijan12
Bahrain60
Bangladesh60
Barbados120
Belarus12
Belize120
Benin36
Bhutan3[11]
Bolivia120
Bosnia-Herzegovina120
Botswana120
Brazil120
Bulgaria120
Burkina Faso60
Burma3[12]
Burundi12
Cambodia3[13]
Cameroon12
Canada120
Cape Verde60
Central African Republic12
Chad3[14]
China120
Colombia120
Comoros45 days[15]
Congo (Brazzaville)6
Congo (Kinshasa)1
Costa Rica120
Côte d'Ivoire12
Croatia120
Cuba6
Cyprus120
Djibouti12
Dominica120
Dominican Republic120
Ecuador60
Egypt60
El Salvador120
Equatorial Guinea60
Eritrea12
Ethiopia24
Fiji120
Gabon60
Georgia120
Ghana60
Grenada120
Guatemala120
Guinea36
Guinea - Bissau60
Guyana120
Haiti60
Honduras120
Hong Kong120
India120
Indonesia60
Iran3[16]
Iraq12
Israel120
Jamaica120
Jordan60
Kazakhstan60
Kenya12
Kiribati48
Kosovo36
Kuwait120
Kyrgyzstan12
Laos3[17]
Lebanon60
Lesotho120
Liberia12
Libya3[18]
Macau120
Macedonia120
Madagascar3
Malawi120
Malaysia120
Maldives120
Mali60
Marshall Islands3
Mauritania12
Mauritius120
Mexico120
Micronesia3
Moldova120
Mongolia120
Montenegro36
Morocco120
Mozambique12
Namibia60
Nauru60
Nepal60
Nicaragua120
Niger12
Nigeria24
Oman24
Pakistan60
Palau3
Palestinian Authority120
Panama120
Papua New Guinea12
Paraguay120
North Korea3[19]
Peru120
Philippines120
Poland120
Qatar120
Romania120
Russia36
Rwanda120
Saint Kitts and Nevis120
Saint Lucia120
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines120
Samoa120
Sao Tome And Principe6
Saudi Arabia60
Senegal120
Serbia120
Seychelles120
Sierra Leone36
Solomon Islands60
Somalia3[20]
South Africa120
South Sudan3[21]
Sri Lanka60
Sudan3[22]
Suriname60
Swaziland120
Syria24
Taiwan60
Tajikistan12
Tanzania12
Thailand120
The Bahamas120
The Gambia60
Timor-Leste3[23]
Togo36
Tonga120
Trinidad And Tobago120
Tunisia120
Turkey120
Turkmenistan12
Tuvalu120
Uganda24
Ukraine120
United Arab Emirates120
Uruguay120
Uzbekistan12
Vanuatu60
Vatican City60
Venezuela120
Vietnam12
VWP countries[24]120
Yemen12
Zambia36
Zimbabwe12

Visitor visa statistics[edit]

Issued B-1,2 visas in fiscal 2013
  United States
  Visa exempt nationalities
  Over 400 thousand issued visas
  Over 100 thousand issued visas
  Over 50 thousand issued visas
  Over 25 thousand issued visas
  Over 10 thousand issued visas
  Over 5 thousand issued visas
  Under 5 thousand issued visas

In fiscal 2013 most B-1,2 visas were issued to the nationals of the following countries (listed over 40,000 visas):[25]

NationaalityIssued B-1 visas in 2013
 Mexico[26]1,324,496
 China1,146,322
 Brazil925,678
 Colombia440,902
 India376,998
 Argentina240,653
 Russia229,040
 Venezuela204,758
 Israel102,223
 Ecuador105,125
 Nigeria92,773
 Philippines89,288
 Turkey71,269
 Chile70,517
 Poland62,408
 Saudi Arabia61,940
 Peru56,116
 Dominican Republic50,470
 Vietnam49,247
 Indonesia47,480
 South Africa46,581
 Guatemala44,764
 Thailand41,987
 Hong Kong41,969
 Jamaica41,183
 Egypt41,081

In fiscal 2013 most reasons to refuse a visa were cited as "failure to establish entitlement to nonimmigrant status", "incompatible application" (most overcome), "unlawful presence", "misrepresentation", "criminal convictions", "smugglers" and "controlled substance violators". Smaller number of applications were rejected for "physical or mental disorder", "prostitution", "espionage", "terrorist activities", "falsely claiming citizenship" and other grounds for refusal including "presidential proclamation", "money laundering", "communicable disease" and "commission of acts of torture or extrajudicial killings".[27]

Requirement to overcome presumption of intending immigrant[edit]

Under section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a foreigner must prove to the satisfaction of the Consular officer his or her intent to return to his home country after visiting the United States. The act specifically states:

[28]

In practice, this means that consular officers have wide discretion to deny a visa application. Once refused, there is no judicial or other means to challenge a visa decision. The foreigner, however, is free to apply for a visa again, particularly if circumstances have changed that might show to the consular officer that the applicant overcomes the presumption of being an intending immigrant.[29]

Uses of a B1/B2 visa[edit]

Business or pleasure cover a wide variety of possible reasons to visit the United States. Under the category of temporary visitor for business, it can be used to:

Under the category of temporary visitor for pleasure, a B2 visa can be used to:

The B2 visa can also be used by cohabiting (unmarried) partners of non-immigrant visa holders.[31]

Adjusted Visa refusal Rate[edit]

US B visa refusal rate
  United States
  Visa exempt countries
  Over 50%
  Over 40%
  Over 30%
  Over 20%
  Over 10%
  Over 5%
  Over 3%
  Under 3%

The Adjusted Visa Refusal Rate for fiscal year 2014 for B visas were:[32]

CountryRate 2008[33]Rate 2014
Afghanistan51.0%46.7%
Albania38.7%39.8%
Algeria20.3%23.1%
Angola17.1%21.4%
Antigua and Barbuda21.7%20.8%
Argentina3.1%1.4%
Armenia53.3%43.8%
Azerbaijan14.0%13.5%
Bahrain6.6%4.7%
Bangladesh48.2%50.8%
Barbados10.1%9.8%
Belarus21.1%14.0%
Belize25.4%16.4%
Benin39.1%31.4%
Bhutan48.3%43.6%
Bolivia23.6%13.6%
Bosnia-Herzegovina21.3%16.1%
Botswana15.6%16.9%
Brazil5.5%3.2%
Bulgaria13.3%15.2%
Burkina Faso44.4%37.4%
Burma41.9%15.5%
Burundi58.8%50.0%
Cambodia44.3%39.9%
Cameroon46.7%28.2%
Cape Verde42.7%28.7%
Central African Republic39.6%46.6%
Chad41.4%32.4%
China18.2%9.0%
Colombia25.6%12.3%
Comoros14.0%17.0%
Congo (Brazzaville)33.2%35.4%
Congo (Kinshasa)36.2%39.1%
Costa Rica21.2%11.4%
Côte d'Ivoire40.9%29.8%
Croatia5.1%6.1%
Cuba45.2%66.2%
Cyprus1.7%3.5%
Djibouti42.5%50.1%
Dominica29.5%29.0%
Dominican Republic45.6%35.9%
Ecuador40.0%20.8%
Egypt35.3%34.0%
El Salvador45.7%36.3%
Equatorial Guinea11.1%17.8%
Eritrea51.1%41.7%
Ethiopia46.7%44.9%
Fiji38.0%14.0%
Gabon23.0%13.5%
Georgia46.6%48.2%
Ghana50.1%59.8%
Grenada29.9%29.5%
Guatemala33.8%35.9%
Guinea63.8%47.8%
Guinea - Bissau63.4%56.5%
Guyana56.6%40.2%
Haiti54.4%58.2%
Honduras33.6%36.8%
Hong Kong3.3%3.1%
India24.7%19.8%
Indonesia37.0%8.3%
Iran42.5%41.8%
Iraq46.3%41.4%
Israel3.0%8.2%
Jamaica35.5%32.3%
Jordan43.2%26.9%
Kazakhstan11.7%9.9%
Kenya35.6%27.3%
Kiribati26.2%15.4%
Kosovo47.9%38.1%
Kuwait6.5%5.7%
Kyrgyzstan32.1%43.2%
Laos73.4%61.1%
Lebanon27.9%16.1%
Lesotho32.1%16.7%
Liberia70.7%49.4%
Libya27.1%33.9%
Macedonia33.5%29.8%
Madagascar11.9%11.6%
Malawi28.9%12.3%
Malaysia5.6%4.6%
Maldives4.7%6.7%
Mali48.1%54.0%
Mauritania51.0%52.2%
Mauritius11.6%2.2%
Mexico11.4%15.6%
Moldova36.7%40.1%
Mongolia53.6%27.9%
Montenegro25.6%28.0%
Morocco24.0%21.9%
Mozambique13.8%4.0%
Namibia6.8%7.6%
Nauru66.7%42.9%
Nepal51.2%38.2%
Nicaragua41.8%35.8%
Niger55.7%36.4%
Nigeria36.0%33.2%
Oman2.2%2.1%
Pakistan46.3%38.0%
Palestinian Authority55.6%36.7%
Panama19.2%10.0%
Papua New Guinea3.4%7.4%
Paraguay14.4%6.1%
People's Republic Of Korea16.3%55.6%
Peru37.7%13.8%
Philippines31.0%24.6%
Poland13.8%6.4%
Qatar4.9%2.1%
Romania25.0%9.8%
Russia7.5%7.8%
Rwanda50.3%51.1%
Samoa32.4%27.2%
Sao Tome And Principe28.6%10.7%
Saudi Arabia6.6%3.3%
Senegal55.2%57.5%
Serbia11.7%16.0%
Seychelles18.0%6.8%
Sierra Leone50.1%51.9%
Solomon Islands6.5%5.4%
Somalia54.0%52.0%
South Africa4.6%2.6%
South SudanN/A43.8%
Sri Lanka31.4%19.5%
St. Kitts And Nevis25.0%27.5%
St. Lucia26.6%27.6%
St. Vincent And The Grenadines26.4%24.1%
Sudan38.6%42.4%
Suriname9.6%13.6%
Swaziland13.0%10.0%
Syria33.1%60.0%
Tajikistan32.4%49.0%
Tanzania26.2%21.3%
Thailand19.8%10.2%
The Gambia55.7%69.3%
Timor-Leste16.7%25.0%
Togo51.7%35.6%
Tonga48.7%25.4%
Trinidad And Tobago23.8%21.2%
Tunisia23.9%17.5%
Turkey11.2%7.1%
Turkmenistan45.4%18.6%
Tuvalu17.6%27.3%
Uganda34.437.2%
Ukraine30.9%27.7%
United Arab Emirates10.4%4.8%
Uruguay9.5%1.8%
Uzbekistan61.1%52.1%
Vanuatu16.7%20.0%
Vatican City16.7%7.7%
Venezuela25.4%15.2%
Vietnam38.8%14.3%
Yemen54.7%44.2%
Zambia53.3%22.2%
Zimbabwe30.3%13.2%

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nonimmigrant Visa Statistics
  2. ^ "Fees for Visa Services". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Reciprocity by Country". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Difference between visa stamp and arrival departure record". immihelp.com. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  6. ^ "B-1 Temporary Business Visitor". USCIS. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  7. ^ "B Visa Overview | Immigration.Com - Law Offices of Rajiv S. Khanna, PC". Immigration.Com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  8. ^ "Extend Your Stay". USCIS. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  9. ^ http://www.traveldocs.com/us/er.htm#bcc
  10. ^ Visa Reciprocity Tables
  11. ^ Single entry
  12. ^ Single entry
  13. ^ Double entry
  14. ^ Single entry
  15. ^ Single entry
  16. ^ Single entry
  17. ^ Single entry
  18. ^ Single entry
  19. ^ Double entry.
  20. ^ Single entry
  21. ^ Double entry.
  22. ^ Single entry
  23. ^ Double entry.
  24. ^ Except Australia and Taiwan.
  25. ^ [2]
  26. ^ Including Border Crossing Cards
  27. ^ [3]
  28. ^ "INA: ACT 214 - ADMISSION OF NONIMMIGRANTS". USCIS. 
  29. ^ "A 214(b) Denial: What it Means, What You Can Do." http://www.usvisalawyers.co.uk/article20.htm , website of Gudeon & McFadden law firm, accessed 22 September 2012.
  30. ^ "Working (Legally) on a Visitor's Visa or Visa Waiver Entry". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  31. ^ http://travel.state.gov/visa/laws/telegrams/telegrams_1414.html
  32. ^ Adjusted Refusal Rate 2014
  33. ^ [4]