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What Can You Not Do on a U.S. Visitors Visa?

A visitors visa is a short-term visa that is issued to nonimmigrants visiting the United States. The U.S. issues different types of visas to its visitors, depending on the purpose of the visit.

A B-1/B-2 visa is only for visiting purposes. Here is a list of things that you cannot do in the U.S. on a visitors visa:

  1. Apply for a regular/degree course
  2. You cannot apply for or study a degree course while on a B-1/B-2 visa. To enroll in a degree course in the U.S., you will have to obtain an F-1 visa to enroll in a college or university course, and an M-1 visa for a vocational course. However, a B-2 visa permits you to enroll in a short-term hobby or activity class.
  1. Get employed
  2. If you are entering the U.S. with a B-1/B-2 visa, you cannot get a job. You also cannot work for a friend or relative. An H-1B visa sponsored by an employer permits employment in the U.S.
  1. Work as a media person
  2. Representing media (radio, newspaper, or press) while on the B-1/B-2 visa is not permissible. If you are a journalist coming to the U.S. on behalf of a media house, then you need to apply for a Media (I) Visa.
  1. Participate in a paid performance
  2. Performing for a paying audience is not allowed when on a B-1/B-2 visa. You cannot perform in concerts, gigs, or stand-up acts in exchange for money. However, you can participate in an unpaid competition or event.
  1. Stay permanently
  2. You cannot stay beyond the duration specified by officials in your Form I-94. The tourist visa does not allow you to stay permanently in the U.S. However, you can submit a request for a change of visa status to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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U.S. Visa And Travel FAQs

  1. What is a U.S. B-1/B-2 visitors visa?
  2. It is a temporary U.S. visa issued to nonimmigrants for the purpose of tourism or business.
  1. What can I do in the U.S. on the B-1 visa?
  2. The B-1 visa allows:
    • Settling an estate
    • Meeting a business associate or client
    • Attending a convention or conference
    • Negotiating a contract

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  1. What can I do on the B-2 visa?
  2. When visiting the U.S. on a B-2 visa, you can:
    • Travel across the U.S.
    • Visit friends and relatives
    • Take part in a social event
    • Take part in an unpaid competition or event
    • Enroll in a non-credited short course
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  1. How long can I stay in the U.S. on my visitors visa?
  2. A tourist/visitors visa does not determine the length of your stay. It simply allows you to enter the United States. Upon your arrival, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer validates the reason for your visit and decides the duration of your stay. However, the validity of your visa can lie between six months and 10 years.
  1. How are B-1 and B-2 visas different?
  2. A B-1 visa, “Visitor for Business”, is issued to people who want to go to the U.S. on a business trip. A B-2 visa, “Visitor for Pleasure”, is issued to people who want to go to the U.S. for tourism purposes. However, the consular office usually issues both B-1 and B-2 visas together.
  1. What documents do I need to apply for the U.S. visitors visa?
  2. You cannot get the visa online. However, you can apply for it online. After you submit your online application, you will have to visit the U.S. Embassy with a copy of your form along with supporting documents to get the visa. Here is a list of common documents that you will require:
    • A valid passport
    • A digital photograph (allowed by the Embassy)
    • Air tickets
    • Proof of funds
    • Insurance documents
    • Proof of return to home country
    • Financial statements
  1. What is a visa waiver program?
  2. A visa waiver program is for designated countries. It allows the nationals or citizens of the designated countries to stay in the U.S. for 90 days or less for the purpose of business or tourism without any visa. A traveler must have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
  1. Can my dependents go with me on my U.S. B-1 visa?
  2. Your dependents will have to apply for a tourist visa separately. They cannot travel on your B-1/B-2 visa.
  1. Do I need to provide my return ticket?
  2. No. If you have a valid visa, you do not have to show your return ticket. However, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer may ask about your travel/stay plans in the U.S.
  1. My U.S. visitors visa will soon expire. Can I apply for it in advance?
  2. Yes, you can. You do not have to wait for the current visa to expire before applying for a new one.

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