What is a B1/B2 Visa?

A B1/B2 visa is a type of non-immigrant visa issued by the United States government that allows foreign citizens to travel to the US for purposes such as business, tourism, or pleasure. The B1 visa is issued mainly for short-term business trips, while the B2 visa is issued mainly for traveling for tourism purposes.

Visitors on B-1 or B-2 visas may be valid for up to 10 years, however, visitors are allowed to stay in the U.S. for a maximum of 6 months.

To be eligible for a B1 visa or B2 visa, the applicant must prove that the travel is temporary and they have the ability to self-fund all costs of the trip.

Additionally, applicants must prove that they have no intention of remaining in the United States beyond their stay and abandoning a residence outside of the United States.

Evidence of the applicant’s employment and/or family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of the trip and the intent to return to their home country.

Additional documents may be requested to establish if the applicant is qualified, such as evidence of the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States after the trip, and/or ability to pay all costs of the trip.

There is no maximum number of trips you can make on a B visa if your passport is valid. B visas are multiple entry visas, so you can use it to enter the U.S. more than once.

However, the maximum duration of stay for each entry is 180 days. If you would like to stay for longer, you may be able to apply to extend this for up to one year.

Canadian citizens who intend to travel for business or tourism don’t need a visa and will automatically be admitted on a B1 visa or B2 visa category. When entering the U.S., a customs officer will give you the authorization to stay in the U.S. for up to six months.

It is important to remember that working in the United States is not allowed with a B1/B2 visa. If you are interested in working in the U.S. for a U.S. employer, you may want to look into other visa categories, such as the H-1B visa.

How long can I stay in US with B1 B2 visa?

For those who are looking to visit the US for either business or tourism, a B1/B2 visa may be an option.

This visa is valid for 10 years after it is issued and allows you to stay in the United States for up to 6 months. If you would like to stay longer than 6 months, you may be able to apply to extend your stay for up to one year.

In order to extend your stay, you must fill out form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status before your authorized stay expires. It is recommended that you apply to extend your status at least 45 days before your authorized stay expires.

However, there are certain categories of people who cannot apply to extend their stay, such as those who are part of the Visa Waiver Program, Crew Members (D nonimmigrant visa), or those admitted to the US with a nonimmigrant visa.

You can make multiple trips to the US during the validity of your B1/B2 visa, but you must abide by the regulations set by US Customs and Border Protection.

For example, for casual business or tourism travel, most Canadian citizens do not need a visa and will automatically be admitted on a B1 visa or B2 visa category. In this case, the maximum duration of stay allowed is 90 days.

It is important to remember that if you remain in the US longer than authorized, you may be barred from returning and/or removed from the US.

Additionally, it is not permitted to work in the US while on a B1/B2 visa, so if you’re interested in working in the US for a US employer, you will need to apply for a different type of visa.


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