The tourist visa or B2 visa is the prerequisite for foreigners to visit the United States. Today, we tell you about five details that you should know before making the visa application for the first time.

  1. What is the B2 or tourist visa for?

Precisely for traveling around the U.S, visiting your family and friends or receiving medical treatment. In some cases, it goes hand in hand with the B1 visa, and this allows the business to be done.

It is very important that immigrants know that this visa cannot be used to complete studies or attend any school. If the immigrant breaks this rule, his or her visa may never be renewed.

  1. The B2 or tourist visa is a nonimmigrant visa.

That is why the B2 holders cannot enter the country and stay permanently there. If the holder tries to do this, he or she may be forbidden to enter the U.S. or be accused of visa fraud.

If the aim of the applicant is not tourism or medical treatment, he or she needs to apply for the appropriate visa to avoid problems with immigration.

  1. Do you need a tourist visa to enter the United States?

Yes. Every foreigner must have this visa, although there are some exceptions:

  • Mexico or Mexican residents living along the border who have a laser visa and do not travel by plane or away from the border.
  • Canadians, for whom special laws apply by air and by land or boat.
  • Foreigners in the Global Entry program (Mexico).
  • Foreigners with a passport from a country in the Visa Waiver Program. In this group, if an applicant arrives by plane or boat, he or she will need an ESTA.
  1. What do I need to apply for the visa?

It is essential to have the following:

A digital photograph, a computer with good internet connection, a printer, a credit card (in some cases) and your passport.

  1. What else do I need to know?

You must pay a fee or tariff. It is important to know that if the visa is not approved, the applicant does not receive the money back. If the visa is denied the person has no opportunity to appeal.

Important tips:

  • Do not buy a plane ticket until you have the visa in your hands.
  • Do not lie when filling in the form. There are antifraud departments, so if they find out that the applicant has lied, the possibilities of obtaining a visa in the future are limited. In serious cases, you can end up being accused of perjury by the U.S. authorities.