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My wife is presenting in a conference in the USA (she doesn't need a visa to travel under the visa waiver program). I'm accompanying her but I don't qualify for the visa waiver and will need to apply for B1/B2. The hotel reservation is in her name only, but obviously we are traveling together and staying together.

Is hotel reservation in her name enough proof of accommodation for my application? I'll be providing of course proof of relationship, conference details etc.

  • Is the reservation for two people? – phoog Dec 5 '16 at 16:13
  • Yes, it's double bed for 2, but the reservation only shows Guests: 1 (this is not going to be a problem per se as the hotel will receive is both, but it's not reflected on paper) – david3497463 Dec 5 '16 at 16:40
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    "not going to be a problem": it could be a problem if you try to use it as evidence of accommodation, since someone could see that it is a reservation in someone else's name for one guest, implying that it has nothing to do with where you will sleep that night. I doubt it would be a problem in practice, however, given that you have proof of your relationship to your wife. – phoog Dec 5 '16 at 16:44
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    Most hoteling system can add names of additional guests which you may be able to get in printed or email form. Call the hotel and ask if they can do that. They'll be happy to if possible. – Johns-305 Dec 5 '16 at 17:21
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As annoying as is it that all US visa applications must be done in person, this is one of the benefits of that - you have a good opportunity to explain things like this during the interview!

I would suggest taking along a copy of your wife's passport (and if you do not share a common surname, proof that you are married such as your marriage certificate), along with the hotel reservation. If the consulate staff question the fact that the reservation is in "someone elses name", then it will be a simple matter of showing them these documents to show that you are sharing with your wife.

Many hotels will allow you to add a second name to the reservation, and whilst it might not hurt to do this it's extremely unlikely to be necessary as far as the visa application goes as long as you can provide documentation like that mentioned above.

So in short, no, this is not likely to be an issue at all for your visa application.

  • Thanks, this is really useful, I'll try with the booking Agent, but otherwise I'll have all the evidence needed during the interview :) – david3497463 Dec 6 '16 at 11:43

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