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Visitor Visas (B)
There are two types of B Visas: B-1 business visa and B-2 tourism visa. The B-2 visa is probably the most common visa used for temporary entrance to the US.
The B-2 is used for persons entering the US for pleasure, whether on a tour group or for visiting relatives. It is also commonly used for persons entering the US to receive medical or dental treatment.
I am here on a B visa and was offered a job. May I accept?
While you may accept, you can not work! You will need to change status in order to do anything other than recreational activity while on your B-2 visa.
How long can I stay in the US in B status?
Upon entry into the US, the immigration officer will provide you with an I-94 card which will be added to your passport. That card (and not the visa) will dictate the length of time you may legally remain in the US.
This visa if for business travelers. It permits the holder to attend a variety of business related activities such as attendance at meetings, conventions, conferences and negotiation. All these activities must be on behalf of a foreign employer. It is critical to understand that performing work, employment and receiving payment from a US entity is not permitted under the B-1 visa.
It is very important to note that persons traveling on B visas “promise” the US government that their intent is to visit the United States and then return to their homeland.