I hold a B1/B2 visa for USA issued for sitting an examination in June. I have a vacation before then, in February, and would like to spend it in USA.

Can I go to USA using this visa?

This is my first trip. I have not yet travelled with the justification given for requesting the visa and am concerned that I might not be permitted entry when first arriving for a different purpose than the reason given in my visa application.

  • Can you give a add a link to the related, but not duplicate question?
    – DCTLib
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 9:34
  • travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1319/… here is the link
    – sususwamy
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 10:06
  • Your concern about that the temporal order to the trips may make a difference makes sense. None of the answers in that thread mention the order of the trip to be of relevance, though.
    – DCTLib
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 10:26
  • Yes exactly. It can be interpreted as I applied for exam just to get a visa but my actual intention was something else.
    – sususwamy
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 11:04
  • So, does anybody know about it?
    – sususwamy
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 14:03

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You were granted an extra visa, you asked for a visa for examination but they granted you both, the business and the tourist visas for 10 years, this simply means you are welcome to come over as a tourist. You will be going using the the B2 tourist visa, while the exams are on the B1 visa, it does not really work that way but I was making a point.

The only thing that might be an issue is the annotations, most likely you will not have annotations in your visa page, if that's the case then no worries, if there are annotations that states a college name or something similar, then you might be questioned.

  • There are no annotations. Thank you. But the visa officer clearly said I believe you'll have to go to USA in future too for further exams and interviews so I'm giving you multiple entry. Does it mean anything in particular.
    – sususwamy
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 11:07
  • I have first hand experience, you will be ok. Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 11:23

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