United States Immigration Services

Online Guide to U.S. Visas, ESTA, Green Cards & More

United States Immigration Services is a major publisher of immigration guides and legal eBooks. Our do-it-yourself immigration guides are designed to assist immigrants in navigating the complicated United States immigration system. We strive to provide the best information about immigration to the United States.

B-2 US Visitor Visa Application


Eligibility requirements for Tourist Visa: Tourist visas are usually available to foreign nationals visiting the United States to enjoy leisure or tourism. B-2 Tourist Visas, also known as "visitor visas", are required for citizens from countries not covered by the Visa Waiver Program. Even citizens of countries included in the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid B-2 Visa if they intend to stay in the United States longer than 90 days, change to another nonimmigrant visa or adjust to permanent resident status (Green Card).

  • Get started immediately
  • Simple-to-understand instructions
  • Apply Online or By Mail
  • Prices and fees included
  • Checklist of Documents Required
  • Unlimited online support

What's included

What's included

  • B-2 Tourist Visa Overview
  • Understanding the Tourist Visa Application Process
  • Tourist Visa eligibility information
  • How to fill out the B-2 Tourist Visa Application forms
  • Tourist Visa extension information
  • Tourist Visa Interview Information

Additional Information

  • List of Documents Required
  • Information about Filing Fees
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • List of all USCIS Offices in the Nation
  • Directory of U.S. Consulates and Embassies
  • How to get the most recent United States immigration forms


A B-2 Tourist Visitor Visa holder is not permitted to work in the United States or to receive any type of payment. For foreign nationals to work in the United States, they must apply for a visa such as an H-1B Visa or H-2B Visa.

B-2 Visa to Receive Medical Treatment

B-2 Visas can also be issued to people who are visiting the United States for medical treatment. Although the application process is the same as for a Tourist Visa, there are additional documents required to prove that the applicant is eligible to receive the visa. The B-2 Tourist Visa Application guide outlines the requirements and the application process.

The length of a Tourist Visa

A B-2 Tourist Visa is usually granted for a six-month stay to American citizens. Visitors visa holders can stay up to 6 months. Each visitor’s stay in the country is determined by the immigration officer at the entry point. The majority of visitors are allowed to stay for six months on their I-94 cards. However, the immigration officer can issue shorter stays on a case-by-case basis. The right of a foreign visitor to request an extension of their stay is available upon entry to the United States.

Change of status for US visitor visa applications

B-2 Tourist Visa holders are usually eligible to become permanent residents (Green Card holders), if they meet the requirements or to another nonimmigrant status such as temporary worker (H-1B/H-2B, E-1/E-2, E-3, E-3). Students (under the F-1 Student Visa) or permanent United States residents (Green Card). The Visa Waiver Program does not allow individuals to change their status. Nonimmigrant visas such as the B-2 Tourist Visa offer the advantage of being able to change your status.