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Last update, May 2023

Avoid rejections from the government on your B1/B2 Visa Application. Apply with iVisa.

Filling out the DS-160 form correctly is the most important aspect of the process that will definitely increase your approval chances of getting your B1/ B2 visa for the first time or renewing it successfully.

A poorly completed form means the immediate rejection of the visa, even if the US authorities have already given you the approval on other occasions.

That's why at iVisa, we not only created a simplified DS-160 form by making it 50% shorter, faster, and very easy to answer; but we also assign you an iVisa Expert who will guide you throughout the process from start to end, and help you avoid rejections.

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Benefits of applying for your B1/B2 Visa with iVisa

  • Application 100% Government Compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.

  • Unlimited Access to your iVisa Expert: At iVisa, we assign you an iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire application from start to end and solve any questions you may have about the process.

  • Simplified DS-160 Form: While on the Embassy website, you will have to answer 150 confusing and tedious questions, at iVisa, you will only have to answer a 50% shorter form with more clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.

  • Guide Manual: Once you apply, at iVisa we give you a Didactic Guide Manual with all the tips you need to know to answer the difficult sections and the step-by-step of what you need to do to get your new visa without problems.

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Requirements to apply for the B1 B2 visa for the first time

If you want to apply for the B1/B2 visa for the first time, the requirements are very similar to the renewal process:

  • Have a foreign passport with at least 6 months of validity.

  • Applicants under 13 or over 80 years old will be able to apply without having to go to an interview.

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Requirements to renew your visa without an interview

If you want to apply to renew your last B1 B2 visa without having to go to an interview or appointment, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Your last US visa cannot have expired more than 24, 36, or 48 months ago (depending on your nationality), or it must still be valid.

  • Applicants under 14 or over 79 years of age can also apply for the visa renewal without having to attend an interview.

How long does it take to receive my new US B1 B2 Visa?

Once we send your application 100% government-compliant, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will list the available dates for your interview or drop-off appointment, and we will choose the closest one for you.

Keep in mind that given the high demand for applications, some locations have an interview waitlist of more than 12 months. Therefore, we always recommend applying several months before your intended trip to the United States.

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What you should know about the B1 B2 visa

The American B1 B2 visa is one of the most requested visas in the world to travel to the United States with a standard government fee of USD $160.00.

The B1 Category is for travelers who want to do business in the country, or for people who want to participate in business meetings, events, congresses, fairs, or scientific, educational, or professional conventions.

The B2 Category is for people who want to travel for tourism, pleasure, or also because they want to have medical treatment.

What you can do with the B1 B2 Visa

  • Tourism
  • Shopping
  • Buy goods or real estate
  • Visit friends or family
  • Take a short recreational course (not for credit)
  • Participate in fairs
  • Participate in congresses as a listener or as a speaker (without charging fees)
  • Medical treatments
  • Consultations with an American doctor
  • Signing of contracts
  • Business meetings

What you CAN NOT do with the B1 B2 visa

  • You can not work
  • You can not study temporarily
  • You can not reside permanently in the country
  • You can not get a driver's license
  • You can not authorize a child to study in a public school in the country.

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Time of validity of the B1 B2 visa

The American B1 B2 visa is valid for 10 years after issued. With this type of visa, you can stay in the US for periods of up to 180 days Per Entry during a temporary stay, and for a specific purpose.

The process to get the B1 B2 visa

To renew the B1 B2 visa with iVisa you just have to follow these steps:

1. Fill out the simplified iVisa form here.

2. Receive support from your iVisa Expert from start to end.

3. Send the required documentation according to the instructions we give you or attend the interview if necessary.

4. Pick up your passport with your new visa and get ready to travel!

Covid-19 restrictions to enter the United States

The pandemic restrictions are constantly changing, so we encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Covid-19 vaccine

Travelers are not required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to be able to travel to the United States by plane.

Covid-19 test

To travel to the United States, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) will no longer require people to present a negative PCR or antigen test, or even documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding the flight.

The CDC also does not require the use of masks, however, it is recommended to use them in closed spaces such as public transportation.


At this time, the United States does not have any quarantine requirements.

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Required Documents to Apply
  • Your photo for the visa

  • Picture of your valid Passport

  • Picture of your last American B1/B2 visa (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • First-time and renewal applicants must have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date to the United States.

  • Your reason for traveling must be for business (B1) or for tourism/medical treatment (B2).

  • Renewal applicants cannot have exceeded the 6 months of stay allowed on past trips to the United States.

  • Applicants that qualify for an Interview Waiver only need to drop off the required documents at the Drop-Off Location we will indicate.

  • In some cases, applicants do not need to go in person to leave their documents; that decision depends on The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • The DHS is the only one who can decide on the interview appointment date. Currently, some locations have an interview waitlist of more than 12 months.

  • After your interview appointment, it will take at least 4 weeks until your passport is ready with your new stamped visa.

  • At iVisa, we do all the paperwork for you and assign you an iVisa Expert who reviews your application to be 100% government compliant and avoid rejections.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.

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You should contact our customer team as soon as possible. Our visa experts are available 24/7 and will be happy to help you resolve the problem.
If the government rejects your application, you are eligible for a full refund of the iVisa processing fee related to the number of rejected applicants. Otherwise, we do not refund the government fees.
The nonimmigrant visa for travelers in immediate and continuous transit through the United States is the Transit (C) visa. You can use a B1/B2 Visa to transit in the territory if you have one.
No, you don’t. You’ll need to carry both of your passports – the expired one with the valid visa and the current valid passport. The valid visa on the old passport must meet the purpose of the trip, and it should be in good condition, not damaged.
Your visa cannot expire while you are in the US, you will be considered illegal if you overstay your visa. That's why if it's about to expire you will have to apply for a renewal right away, and you can do it with us.
You must report the loss or theft to the US Embassy. If it was stolen, you must also report it to the police. Then, you must apply for a new visa by submitting a new application.
You must apply for a new visa. You’ll need to fill out a new application and pay the fee, just like the last time.

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