B1 vs. B2 visa

B1 vs. B2 visa

iVisa | Updated on Feb 10, 2020

We are improving our B1/B2 application process to make sure it is up to date with current US visa policy. We will make this product available again soon. In the mean time, below you will find useful information to keep in mind for your US visa application.

According to the visa policy of the United States, there are about 180 visa categories. As you can imagine, people travel to the US for many reasons, which is why such labeling is necessary. However, you may have heard about the B1 and the B2 visa. They have a lot of similarities, but they are used for different purposes. Below, you will find information about each one and how to apply for the right visa.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the US B1 Visa and the US B2 Visa?

The United States B1 and B2 Visa are official documents permitting entry into and travel within the United States and is electronically linked to your passport.

Both B1 and B2 visas fall under the same B category. They are both non-immigrant visas that grant entry in the US. Another similarity is that both visas have a similar application process. The application form can be filled in online for both types, which spares the applicants from taking an additional trip to the embassy.

The principal difference is that the visas are issued for different purposes. The B1 visa covers business purposes, while the B2 visa is used for tourist purposes.

In which cases do I have to apply for a US B1 Visa?

One of the most significant differences between the B1 and the B2 visa is the eligibility criteria. You can travel with a B1 in the following cases:

  • You want to negotiate a contract with a US company.

  • Participate in meetings with US business associates.

  • You wish to settle an estate.

  • You want to participate or attend conferences related to education, your profession, or your business.

In which cases do I have to apply for a US B2 Visa?

The B2, on the other hand, can be used if you travel to the United States for the next reasons:

  • Spend your vacation in the US.

  • Take a tour of the US.

  • Visit your friends or relatives.

  • You want to attend social events.

  • You want to receive medical treatment.

  • Take part in events or contests related to sports or music, but you do not receive payment for it.

  • Take courses, but not for credit (for instance, woodworking classes).

How long can I stay in the United States with these types of visa?

Visitors carrying a US B1 or US B2 Visa can enter the United States for the same period: a maximum of 180 days Per Entry.

What are the documents required to apply?

There are a few documents you need to gather prior to your application. They are the same for both types of visas. This is a short list:

  • Valid passport – the general requirement is that your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.

  • Digital photograph – you can take it yourself following the requirements.

  • Travel itinerary – if you have already made travel arrangements.

  • Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States – if you have previously traveled there. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years.

  • Other Information – some applicants, depending on the intended purpose of travel, will be asked to provide additional information when completing the online application.

How long is the US B1/B2 Visa valid?

Both types of visa have the same validity of 10 years after issued, but that decision is discretionary and falls into the responsibilities of the consular officer that holds the interview.

How many times can I enter the United States with a B1 visa and with a B2 visa?

Both types of visa allows Multiple Entry.

What are the processing times and prices?

iVisa offers three options for the processing time of the US B1 and US B2 visas. Prices for both types of visa are also the same (depending on the processing time you choose, it can vary). The options are:

  • Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 9 days, and the price is USD 200.00 (service fees included).

  • Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 7 days, and the total price of it is USD 230.00 (service fees included).

  • Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your US B1/B2 Visa in only 5 days, and you will be charged USD 250.00 (service fees included).

Click here to start your application.

How does the US B1/B2 Visa work?

The US B1 and the US B2 visas are issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United States Government.

Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers like us around the world can use the United States Visa system to process an eVisa. We apply and pay for your visa directly to the US government. We set up an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you.

How long does it take to apply for a US B1 visa and a US B2 visa?

For both types of visas, the application form is the same and will take you less than 10 minutes to fill it in. Next, we will let you know the status of the application by email for you to schedule an interview at the embassy or consulate.

How can I apply for a US B1 visa and a US B2 Visa?

The application for both types of visas is the same. It consists of three simple steps:

  1. The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.

  2. The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.

  3. The last step consists of a questionnaire and a photo upload. It is at this point when you need to upload your passport scan. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on personal circumstances.

Click here to start. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.

What happens after I have applied?

Both B1 and the B2 visa application confirmation are followed by an interview. There is no difference here. Nevertheless, what you need to prepare for the interview differs. The questions that the consular officer asks are also very different. If you already have an interview scheduled, you can check possible questions for both interviews here.

Is it safe to use iVisa to get a US B1 Visa and a US B2 Visa?

Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.

I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?

If you want to know more about the matter, do not hesitate to contact iVisa’s customer support. We can be reached via phone or online chat by clicking here. Alternatively, you can find more info and FAQs here.

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