The United States government allows foreigners to travel to the country either on temporary or permanent visas (green cards). The range of visas – which are categorized by letters – cover nearly the entire alphabet, and each visa category or subcategory has its unique requirements to qualify to get one. While in most cases, one is quickly able to determine what is the best or more suitable visa for them, in other cases, it may not be as easy. For example, a common question we get at Kriezelman Burton & Associates from clients who intend to visit the Chicago area is whether one should get a B1 or B2 visa.
The answer depends on what you intend to do when you come to the United States.
It is best to understand the difference between the B1 and B2 visa as one being for business purposes (B1) and the other being for non-business purposes, including pleasure or tourism. One thing both have in common is they are both temporary visas, meaning they are only valid for the time stated on the visa. Once that time expires, you must leave the United States unless you get an extension or change your status to another valid immigration status.
If you are coming to the United States to engage in any of the following activities, then you are better off applying for a B1 visa:
If you intend to engage in any of these activities, then the B1 visa is the right visa for you. If not, then a B2 visa will be the right one for you if you are to engage in any of the following activities:
If you are in the Chicago area or have an interest in applying for a B1 or B2 visa, we can help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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