" An alien ( other than one coming for the purpose of study or
performing skilled or unskilled labor or as a representative of foreign
press, radio, film or other foreign information media coming to engage
in such vocations) having a residence in a foreign country, which
he has no intention of abandoning and who is visiting the United States
temporarily for business or temporarily for pleasure" (Immigration
and Nationality Act INA)
- Business Visitor
is intended for an alien "who is visiting the United States temporarily
alien must have an unabandoned residence in a foreign country and
must not be coming to the United States to engage in local employment.
He must also be coming for a specific period of time which is less
than one year. The person is allowed to accept "incidental expenses"
( accommodation/travel expenses)
is for a maximum of one year though extensions can be given in increments
of 6 months.
- Visitor for Pleasure
is defined by the State Department as "legitimate activities
of a recreational character, including tourism, amusement, visits
with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment and activities
of a fraternal, social or service nature". Any form of employment
is prohibited. Looking for work is not a permissible B-2 activity.
of the visa is normally 6 months though extensions can be obtained.
The procedure for obtaining both B-1 and B-2 is by filling in Optional Form - OF 156