B1 & B2 Nonimmigrant Visas
The B1 & B2 visas are issued for a temporary period. Both visas can only be used for certain purposes.
Under the B1- Business Visa, the visitor may consult with businesses, negotiate contracts, settle an inheritance, or attend a business or educational conference. Similarly, for the B2 Tourism Visa, the visitor may conduct tourism or vacation activities, visit with family or friends, or enroll in a short recreational study (not intended for college credit).
Prohibited Activities for B1 & B2 Nonimmigrant Visas
Neither visa allows activities such as studying, employment, or paid performances. It is very important to be truthful regarding the intent of your visit to the United States since both visas are issued for a temporary time. If the interviewing officer suspects that the visitor intends to stay in the United States longer than the allotted time, the officer will likely deny your entry.
Extensions for B1 & B2 Nonimmigrant Visas
You may be granted an extension to stay and continue participating in the allowed activities above. In order to apply for an extension, you must file a Form I-539 at least 45 days before the expiration of your stay. The extension may be granted if you meet the following criteria:
- Nonimmigrant status is current and valid
- You have not committed crimes that make you ineligible for a visa
- You have not violated the conditions of your admission
- Your passport has not expired and will remain valid throughout the duration of your stay
In addition to the form, you must submit a written statement explaining in detail the reason for your extensions and outlining arrangements you have made to depart the United States once the extension period ends. Extensions are granted for a maximum additional period of six months.
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