The B1/B2 visa duration

The B1/B2 visa duration

iVisa | Updated on Jul 27, 2021

Please note: For the citizens of Peru, learn how to renew your B1/B2 visa online by reading the information provided below. Do note that iVisa.com is only processing US B1/B2 visa renewals. If you want to renew your visa, apply here. We will be able to offer this product to new visa applicants very soon

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The duration of a B1/B2 visa refers to the amount of time that the document is valid and will allow you to stay in the United States. It is also referred to as the 'maximum stay'. Although the maximum duration of a B1/B2 visa is usually ten years, this may differ for each traveler. The duration of your visa is ultimately decided by the consular office in charge of stamping your passport.

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What is a US B1/B2 Visa?

A US B1/B2 Tourist Visa (classified as B-2) is a traditional visa that is attached to a page in your passport. It is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, allowing the holder to travel to the US for business and tourism purposes.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY PASSPORT BE VALID FOR IF I WANT TO APPLY FOR A B1/B2 TOURIST VISA?

Applicant’s passport should have at least 6-months validity from the time of entry into the United States and it should also have at least two blank pages.

HOW LONG IS THE B1/B2 TOURIST VISA VALID FOR?

The US B1/B2 Tourist visa is valid for 10 years after issued. It means that after that time, you will need to renew your B1/B2 Visa if you want to stay in the United States long-term again.

HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE UNITED STATES WITH A B1/B2 VISA?

The US B1/B2 Visa allows you to stay for a maximum of 180 days Per Entry.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I ENTER THE UNITED STATES WITH A B1/B2 VISA?

The US B1/B2 Visa allows Multiple Entry

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WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO RENEW MY US B1/B2 VISA?

The first step in the visa renewal process is to make sure that you meet the requirements. Fortunately, the list is short, so the chances of you already having some of the documentation you need are quite high. Here is what you must provide:

  • Valid passport – You must have the passport that contains your expired visa. . Make sure it’s valid for at least another 6 months.
  • Digital photo – The picture needs to follow all the passport photo guidelines. For example, it must be a recent photo, taken against a white background. You should not wear a hat or mask and your ears should not be covered, etc.
  • E-mail address – Since iVisa.com will send you the confirmation via e-mail in PDF format, make sure that the email address you provide is accurate and that you have access to it.
  • Means of payment – iVisa.com accepts multiple methods of payment, so you can use the one that is most convenient for you. You can use credit/debit cards, Alipay, or WeChat.
  • Your last US visa — You must have the most recent US visa, that has expired or is about to expire.
  • Additional Information – You may be asked for more supporting documents, so keep them close to hand.

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MY B1/B2 TOURIST VISA IS STILL VALID BUT MY PASSPORT HAS EXPIRED. DO I HAVE TO OBTAIN A NEW VISA?

It is not necessary. In this situation, you must carry your expired passport with a valid US visa, along with your new valid passport. However, your personal information (name, sex, date of birth, and nationality) must be the same on both passports. If any changes have been made to your personal data for any reason (change in name due to marriage for example) then you will have to apply for a new visa.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO EXTEND MY STAY IN THE UNITED STATES?

If you need to extend your stay, you can get an extension of your B1/B2 visa, but there is a rule that your stay in the United States cannot exceed 1 year. So, if you are granted a duration length of 6 months, you can only extend it by another 6 months. However, you need to come up with a very good reason for the extension. You will need to be able to prove a 'need' to remain for longer.

WHAT IF I NEED TO STAY MORE THAN 1 YEAR IN THE US?

If this is the case, you could try to change the status of your visa. However, if that is your purpose from the start, then you need to mention this to the consular officer during your interview. But if you never had the intention of changing your visa’s status, you need to be able to prove that the reason for which you need the extension occurred while you were already in the United States.

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