B-2 Visas for Temporary Visits

What is a B-2 Non-immigrant Visa?

The purpose of the B-2 visa is for persons desiring to enter the United States for pleasure or medical treatment. The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:

  • The purpose of their trip is pleasure or medical treatment;
  • They plan to remain for a specific, limited period; and
  • They have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties which will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.

Travelers from certain eligible countries may also be able to visit the U.S. without a visa, through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP.) The VWP permits nationals from designated countries to apply for admission to the United States for ninety (90) days or less as nonimmigrant visitors for business or pleasure without first obtaining a nonimmigrant visa.

What Countries Are in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?

The following countries are in the VWP: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom*, and Uruguay.

*For citizens with the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.
Please note that the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may add countries to the program or remove them from the program at any time.