The Visa Waiver Program is available to citizens of certain eligible countries which have been designated for inclusion based upon having low rates of U.S. immigration violations and security related issues.
The Visa Waiver Program permits citizens of designated to countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days as tourist for pleasure or for limited business purposes consistent with B-1/B-2 visa without having to obtain a non-immigrant visa. Visa Waiver Program provides for strict prohibition with regard to extension or changes within the United States.
The B-1 Classification covers visitors for business which may include limited business activities such as attending director meetings, business conferences, meeting business associates and participating in scientific, educational and business conferences. The B-2 Classification is for pleasure which may include activities such as touring, visiting family members, certain medical treatments, and participation in amateur sports, music and such similar events. The trips are temporary and prohibit employment and academic study in the U.S.
The B Visa requires an application only to U.S Consulate and no special permission is required by USCIS before a visa is issued. The B Visa can be issued for up to 10 years. Generally speaking most stays in the U.S. in the B Visa Category or short, however the initial entry may allow for stay up to 1 year but typically 6 months stays are given, Thereafter, six month stays are permitted during issuance term. Unlike most other non-immigrant visas, no derivative status is provided to family members of B Visa holders and therefore, family members much each independently qualify for a B Visa.
Call now for your complimentary telephone consultation or submit a case evaluation online!
Attorney Kerr can provide answers to your questions regarding Visa Waiver Program, Non-Immigrant Visas, and Immigration Matters.