I am from germany and an employee of a large US-based IT company. I recently applied for a B1/B2 and I went through the whole process. I then went to the consulate last week and they accepted my application and told me that they would ship my passport to me as I ordered. I just received my passport via the mail but when I checked everything, I noticed that instead of B1/B2 the visa only states B1. Is this just a human error or is there more to it? And most importantly, is there anything I can/should do about this to change it to a B1/B2 and how long would this take?

  • I know, I am going on a business trip but because I also planned to stay longer and do some tourism things. Thats why I applied for the B1/B2
    – phill
    May 24, 2019 at 18:35
  • It is quite unusual because they default to providing B1/B2 even when you apply or only B1 or only B2 May 24, 2019 at 19:10
  • This answer shows how unusual.
    – chx
    May 24, 2019 at 19:18
  • @user56513 it may not be unusual at all depending on the applicant's nationality. Phill, what is your nationality?
    – phoog
    May 24, 2019 at 19:28

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This answer is helpful, let me repost the relevant parts.

USCIS says:

You do not need to apply to change your nonimmigrant status if you were admitted into the United States for business reasons (B-1 visa category ) and you wish to remain in the United States for pleasure before your authorized stay expires.

The only situation in which you need a B-1/B-2 visa specifically is if you want to use the same visa for different trips, of which some are business and other are purely tourism.

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