U.S. Tourist Visa

Updated on Tuesday 19th January 2021

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Similarly to the visas for medical treatments, the U.S. tourist visa, or the visa category B-2 for tourism, is issued for foreign citizens who wish to enter the United States on a nonimmigrant basis for temporary stay inside the country. 
The tourist visa cannot be used for obtaning a residence permit in USA.

How to apply for the U.S. tourist visa

The order and number of the U.S. tourist visa application steps can vary depending on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate of your country of origin. Generally, however, you will have to:

•    complete an online visa application;
•    submit a photo;
•   schedule an interview with consular officers at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin, generally if you are aged between 14 and 79. Our immigration attorneys in Miami can give you more details on this procedure. They can also advise on how to obtain USA citizenship.

More details on the U.S. tourist visa are available in the video below: 


Documents necessary for the U.S. tourist visa

The documents necessary in order to be granted the U.S. tourist visa are listed on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website from your country of origin. However, you might be required to present further documentation, such as:

•    proof of purpose of your visit;
•    evidence of your intention to leave the United States after your trip; and/or
•    proof that you are able to cover the costs of the trip.

Proof of your employment and/or family relationships inside your country of origin should be enough in order to demonstrate the purpose of your visit and your intention to return back to your country. In case you are not able to cover the costs of the trip alone, you have to bring proof that someone else can cover the costs of your visit. 

If you are looking for protection and want to apply for asylum in Miami, our immigration lawyers can help you in this matter. They will also advise on how to apply for a residence permit in USA.


How to extend your stay in the U.S.

You are obliged to leave the U.S. on or prior to the date stated on your admission stamp or paper form, except for the case when you require an extension of your stay which has to be approved by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). 

If you do not leave the U.S. at the date stated on your admission stamp, you will be out of status. Under the legislation of the U.S., a person who is out of status is automatically voided, resulting in not being able to be valid for future trips inside the country and not being eligible for different visas he or she might want to apply for in the future in the U.S.

Our immigration lawyers in Miami can assist you with further advice on the U.S. tourist visa. Contact us if you need more information. We can help you obtain any type of visa for the U.S., from medical visas to transit visas, or even USA citizenship.