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Are you planning a trip to the United States? Then you must brace yourself because getting a US Visa is not as easy as getting any other visa. One of the most popular options for business or tourist travelers is the B1/B2 visas. Although the visa policy of the United States is not the most lenient, if you are aware of all the required documents for your B1/B2 visa, you should be alright. Keep reading to find out everything you need to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs
What is a United States B1/B2 Visa?
The United States B1/B2 Visa is a document that allows you to enter the United States. It 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 country. The information will display in seconds.
Is there a B2 document checklist?
Yes, a checklist of the documents required include the a valid passport, digital picture, travel itinerary, dates of your last 5 visits to the US, and a declaration for your intended purpose of travel.
First things first, what you need to know is that a B1/B2 visa cannot be obtained online. You must go to the nearest US embassy for that. However, the application form can be filled in online. iVisa will soon launch this service. Until then, pay attention to what you will need.
When you apply online for the confirmation page, here is the full checklist of items you will need:
- A valid passport –Your passport must be valid for at least six months, starting with your period of stay in the United States.
- Digital picture – you can take it yourself following the requirements.
- Travel plane – if you have already made travel arrangements, you must offer a document with the itinerary.
- Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States – if you have previously traveled there. You could also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years.
- A declaration to confirm if your purpose for visiting is business, tourism, or medical treatment.
- You have to prove if you can provide for yourself while you're in the US.
After you fill in the form, you will be given a confirmation page, you need to print it out because you'll have to show it at the embassy when you go for your interview.
What documents do I need for the Interview?
Now, the next step is to get the documents required for the interview. You need to prepare a folder with everything that is asked of you so that the consular officer can check them off the list. Here is what that folder must contain:
- The document that confirms your meeting (you will be given one when you schedule the interview with the embassy).
- A letter in which you describe the purpose of your trip to the US.
- Proof of means of sustenance once in the US.
- Evidence that you have strong ties in your country of origin (family, job, etc.).
- An invitation letter from a friend in the US (optional but helpful).
- Criminal record.
Additional documents that may be necessary:
- Documents relevant to your previous visit in the US if that is the case
- Diploma or transcript if you are a student
- A letter from your employer and the payslips for the last three months if you have a job
- A letter from a company in the US that states the purpose of your visit if you travel for business
- Documents belonging to your family or friends if you plan on visiting them
- Letter from your doctor about your illness and treatment if you travel for medical purposes
We believe that we covered all the US Tourist visa documents that are required during the application process. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact iVisa’s customer support. The service is at your disposal 24/7 and free of charge.
What are the processing times and prices?
The total price for your US Visa will vary depending on the processing time and the nationality. You have three options with iVisa. These are:
Standard processing time – your eVisa is ready within 9 days, and the price is USD 200.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will get your visa in no more than 7 days, and the total price will be USD 230.00 (service fees included).
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option you have at hand. You will get your US B1/B2 Visa in only 5 days, and you will have to pay USD 250.00 (service fees included).
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How can I apply?
You have to go through many steps to complete this process:
Step one: fill in the online form
It is not possible to obtain a US Tourist visa online, but it is possible to fill in the online form. iVisa will be able to help you with that very soon. The form is called a DS-160, and the fact that you can fill it online makes things easier. Once you submit it, you get an application form confirmation page, and you will have to print it out. Why? You will need it when you go for the interview.
Step two: pay the application fee
The application fee is $160. Depending on your case, you must pay it while completing the application or before your interview. You need the receipt when you go for your interview. This is one of the required documents. Keep in mind that some nationalities must also pay an insurance fee.
Step three: schedule your interview
Once you're in the Confirmation page, you are free to schedule an interview with a consular officer. It is preferable to do so at the US embassy in your country of origin. It is possible to have your interview at the US embassy in another state, but that complicates things a bit.
Step four: go to your interview
At the date and hour of your interview, ensure to arrive with the required documents.
Where can I read more?
We are improving our B1/B2 application process to make sure it is up to date with the current US visa policy. We will make this product available again soon. In the meantime, you will find useful information below to keep in mind for your US visa application.