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B-1 & B-2 Non-Immigrant Temporary Visas
A non-immigrant is classified as someone who legally enters the U.S. on a temporary basis. A temporary visa allows a non-immigrant to stay in America for a specific length of time. After their time is up, they must leave the country.
An example of a non-immigrant would be a tourist, a business visitor, someone seeking medical treatment, a fiancée of an American citizen, an international student, or an athlete from an international league who is participating in a sporting competition.
Thus, a B (temporary) visa is among the most common visas granted to visitors to the U.S. for various purposes. Nearly all reasons for travel to the U.S. are covered by various B visas except student travel. In case of the latter, you need to obtain an F-1 visa. After having obtained a B-1 or B-2 visa, if you wish to enroll yourself in an academic course or vocational classes during their stay in the U.S., you may request adjustment of status with the help of an experienced immigration attorney.
Maria Jones Law Firm offers experienced B-1 and B-2 non-immigrant visa assistance across the U.S. and worldwide. For 15 years, we have fought for immigrants, U.S. citizens, and their families in a wide range of immigration matters. Our Phoenix immigration lawyers can help with your tourist or business visitor visa application to help you come to the U.S.
Call our offices at (602) 603-4032 to learn more. We offer legal counsel in English, Russian to better serve you, and we’re available 24/7 to help. Ours is a multicultural team of immigration lawyers based in Phoenix that speaks 6 languages.
Applying for a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa
If you would like to come to the U.S. on a temporary basis for professional, educational, or temporary business purposes, Maria Jones Law Firm can assist you with your application for a non-immigrant B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa.
A B-1 visa is ideal for the individual or professional who is:
- Participating in short-term job training;
- Attending a convention, trade show, educational workshop, or conference;
- Consulting or negotiating with business partners;
- Immediately transiting through the U.S. while en route to a foreign destination; and/or
- Conducting independent educational or medical research, lecturing, or speaking.
The visitor must provide evidence that s/he has a residence abroad, plus strong family or business ties that compel him or her to return home after his/her visit. The business visitor must have adequate funds to sustain himself during his time in the U.S.
Touring or Seeking Medical Treatment in America with a B-2 Tourist Visa
Those wishing to tour America for pleasure, or who come for short-term medical treatment, may obtain an application for a B-2 Tourist Visa. Qualifications to obtain a B-2 visa are similar to those for a B-1 visa, and our Phoenix tourist visa attorneys can help you through every step to ensure your petition is filed properly and in a timely manner.
B-1 and B-2 Visas – Extension of Stay in the U.S.
At first, B visa duration can be anywhere from 1 month to 6 months. But, if you need to extend your stay in the U.S., you may consult our Phoenix immigration attorneys and file Form I-539.
If the need be, our attorneys will also help submit all necessary documentation to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form is used for change of status to just about any other kind of nonimmigrant status; your stay in the country can be extended by an extra 6 months.
Should You Consider the B-1 & B-2 Visa Waiver Program If You Are Eligible?
Well, it depends on how long you need to stay in the United States, whether for business, or business.
To confirm whether you are eligible for the B-1 & B-2 visa waiver program, you can check whether your country of origin is listed as a visa waiver country by the U.S. Department of State.
If you are eligible, you can carry out business activities without having to obtain a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa. But, there is a shortcoming here. Visitors coming to the U.S. from a visa waiver country without a B-1 or B-2 visa can stay in the country for a maximum period of 90 days. An extension may be granted only in the event of an emergency.
Keep in mind that if you happen to be a national of Mexico, Canada, or Bermuda, you do not qualify for a visa waiver program. However, there may be other options available to you.
To find out more, you can consult one of our Phoenix business visa attorneys.
Contact Experienced Phoenix Business/Tourist Visa Attorneys | Maria Jones Law Firm
If you wish to facilitate a swift & favorable result for your B-1 business visa or B-2 tourist visa, you need to meet all requirements & submit all necessary documentation. Our team of immigration lawyers at Maria Jones Law Firm is here
- To help you determine the right type of visa
- To advise you on whether you should use the visa waiver program (if you are eligible)
- To handle your business or tourist visa application
- To represent you before the U.S. Consulate
Often, U.S. Consul Officers deny a business or tourist visa simply because the applicant’s supporting documentation failed to establish their eligibility or qualification. Moving past such a denial can be difficult and time consuming. So, it may be in the best interest of an individual seeking to visit the U.S. for business or tourism to be represented by a skilled immigration attorney. This is exactly what our Phoenix business/tourist visa attorneys do every day.
We help you submit the best possible visa application & supporting documentation for a positive outcome. We know the common pitfalls of B-1 & B-2 visa applications and we can help you avoid them all.
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