Does the B2 visa require an invitation letter?

Does the B2 visa require an invitation letter?
iVisa | Updated on Oct 31, 2019

The US B2 visa is a Tourist visa for which all travelers must apply at the US nearest diplomatic mission. If you plan a vacation in the United States, this is the travel document you need. There are several requirements you must meet to get the B2 visa. However, an invitation letter is not a must. It is highly recommended that you provide one, but it is not on the list of standard conditions. By that logic, keep in mind that an invitation letter does not guarantee the issuance of the B2 visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a United States B1/B2 Visa?

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

How do I know if I am eligible for a United States B1/B2 Visa?

You can check your eligibility using the iVisa's Visa Checker. Just choose your country of origin and the United States as the destination. The information will unfold in seconds.

How long can I stay in the United States with a US B1/B2 Visa?

Visitors carrying a US B1/B2 Visa can enter the United States for a maximum of 180 days Per Entry. All visits are strictly limited to business or tourism, so you can NOT seek paid work or employment.

How long is the US B1/B2 Visa valid?

The US B1/B2 Visa is valid for 10 years after issued.

What are the requirements of the invitation letter?

For an invitation letter to be valid, it must meet some requirements. The host must meet the following:

  • Is a US citizen or a has a valid resident visa issued by the US government;

  • Is a friend, relative, or boyfriend/girlfriend;

  • Has a registered place of residence (house, apartment);

  • Has enough room to accommodate the applicant during the trip.

What other requirements must an applicant meet to get a B2 US visa?

As mentioned above, the B2 visa does not require an invitation letter, but it can help during the application process. However, there are more important, mandatory requirements that an applicant must meet in order to receive the visa. They are as follows:

  • A filled-in application form. The B2 requires a DS 160.

  • A valid passport that remains as such for at least another 6 months from the intended departure date from the US.

  • Two photos that follow the official guidelines. You would be surprised how many applications are denied due to inadequate photos.

  • A receipt that confirms the payment of the visa fee.

The list above includes the main documents you must provide, but you will be asked to give some supporting documents. They include the following:

  • Previous US visas, provided that you held any in the past;

  • Travel itinerary – this can consist of hotel reservations, inner flights, etc.;

  • Sponsorship documents – if applicable;

  • Family documents;

  • Translations.

The list can go on, but it depends on the purpose of your trip to the US. For example, if you travel for medical purposes, you will need a whole new set of supporting documents.

What are the processing times and prices?

With iVisa, applicants have three available options when it comes to processing time and this will determine the price. The three 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 can I apply for a US B1/B2 Visa?

The application for the US B1/B2 Visa is really easy. It has only three 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. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for our email with your application accepted for you to schedule your interview. 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?

Next to your application online, there is an interview at the US embassy. Before your interview, we will send you a comprehensive package on what to expect during your interview and provide a checklist of things you must bring with you. Immediately after that, you will know if your B1/B2 Visa is approved.

How many times can I enter the United States with a B1/B2 Visa?

The US B1/B2 Visa allows Multiple Entry.

Is it safe to use iVisa to get my US B1/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?

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