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Applying for and using the combined tourism and business visa for the United States, the most common US visa. It does not allow the bearer to work in the USA.

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Can a submitted DS160 form be amended?

The answer at https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/188863/82655 says: For those in the UK, the US embassy's official link clearly states that you can amend your DS160 and bring the updated version to ...
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USA - Do I need to apply for ESTA if I have B1/B2 visa?

I am a Polish citizen living in Germany. In October I will be travelling to the US with my wife. We will be meeting my friend, who is also my business partner. I was in the US before two times, in ...
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Concern Regarding Discrepancy in Parents' Last Names on Passport for US Visa Application

If my parents' last names in my passport differ from their actual passports, could this potentially cause any issues during their US visa application process?
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How can I apply for a J1 visa while my B1/B2 Visa application is still under administrative processing?

I applied for a B1 Visa to visit the US a few months back from India. That application is currently under process and my appointment is scheduled for March 2025. However, I recently got a fellowship ...
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Unable to retrieve DS160 form

I entered a DS160 form 5 months ago and did not submit. I also booked an interview slot using the DS160 form numbers. Now I'm unable to retrieve the DS160 form. How can I retrieve it? Thank you.
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DS-160 - Employment details for long retired person (B1/B2)

I'm trying to fill the DS-160 form for a B1/B2 visa for my father, who retired 20 years ago. Are the employment details needed for him? I'm not sure if the interpretation is — “while he was employed, ...
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Can I travel outside the UK when I am waiting for my US B2 visa appointment date?

I am not a UK national. I am applying for US B2 visa. My visa interview appointment date is as far as away as December 2024. My question is: Can I travel outside the UK between now and December 2024? ...
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DS160 changes in visa category

My family's previous DS160s confirmation had B1/B2 category with business/tourism class and we used those to book appointments. The appointment confirmation only shows B2 as visa and business/tourism ...
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Can I use a US B2 (visitor) visa to attend a conference?

I have a US B2 visitor visa for 10 years. Can I use this visa to attend a week-long conference in the US? If not what type of visa do I need to apply for again?
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Expert Witness in USA Divorce Trial [duplicate]

I am a forensic accountant and have been helping a lot of US-based client in conducting divorce forensics. Is it possible for me to travel to the US on a B1/B2 visa to act as an expert witness? The ...
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If my B1/B2 visa expires can I apply for an ESTA instead? [duplicate]

I hold a B1/B2 visa that expires in July 2024. If I do not renew it can I apply/travel under an ESTA instead? I may only travel to the USA once more - so would rather use an ESTA as opposed to ...
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Applying for DS-160 B2 U.S. Visa. Surrender of Passport

I have an interview date in March but then realised if successful I need to hand over my passport for up to 14 days. My problem is I am going on a family holiday to Spain a week after the interview ...
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DS-160 expired before the VAC appointment

I applied for B1/B2 visa application for my parents last year. I had filled the DS 160 form completely but forgot to submit it. Meanwhile, I was able to book a appointment slot for interview in April ...
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Are my ties to Germany strong enough to get a B2 visa?

I'm a 22-year-old female natural science international student in Germany who'll graduate from a German university this coming May, and will start grad school this coming autumn. I've been living in ...
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B1/B2 pending, received new citizenship with possibility to use ESTA

It has been more than 3 months since my relative applied for a B1/B2 visa with a Russian passport. They went to the interview, but didn't get an answer yet. In the past, it always took less than 3 ...
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What to fill in National identification number in DS-160, when I'm temporary resident of an EU country?

I'm a non-EU citizen(Indian) residing in Belgium & in the process of applying for a B2 - US Tourist Visa, in Belgium. My husband holds permanent residency status in Belgium and I'm his dependent. ...
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Applying for B1/B2 from Bangkok as Indian

I plan to be in Thailand for 2 months. I intend to get my US B1/B2 visa done there while I am there. Is it advisable? If someone has been through this scenario, can you share your experience? What are ...
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B1/B2 Visa Application: Assistance in Providing Funding Entity Contact Information

I am currently finalizing my DS-160 B1/B2 US visa application to visit the US to attend a workshop for 5 days in the US. In the invitation letter I received from the non-profit organization that is ...
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What counts as a "Reschedule attempt" on the US Visa Scheduling site?

Since the usvisascheduling.com site allows a limited number of appointment reschedules, does anybody know (via personal experience / online source) what counts as a reschedule? A. Does a cancellation +...
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Visiting Iraq after submitting B2 visa as a British citizen

I have follow up questions to this one please. I've already submitted B2 application and am awaiting an interview in July time. If I travel to Iraq before the interview, do I need to re-submit ...
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USA visa validity in case of surname change

If an individual from India holds a tourist visa for the USA, changes due to marriage, and gets a new passport in the new name, does the visa remain valid, or are there specific procedures or actions ...
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Dual citizen check-in and enter on different passports [duplicate]

So, I'm a dual citizen of China and Canada, working in the US. Chinese passport has a US tourist visa (B1/B2). Canadian Passport has a work visa for US. I need to fly from China to the US. Here's the ...
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Which US visa do I need as a British citizen who had visited Iraq?

I want to confirm which exact US visa I need to apply for given my situation. I'm a British citizen, but I've visited Iraq since 2011. I understand that I can't use an ESTA to visit the US, but I'm ...
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What is the process when travelling from state to state in the USA on a B2 visa?

Due to a previous conviction, someone in my party could not get an ESTA, so they have a B2 visa. I know that when entering the USA, if you have a conviction, immigration will usually pull you in and ...
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Dependent Contact - Add (user with the specified email already exists)

I am trying to add my mother as a dependent in my father's profile. I canceled an old application and started a new one. While entering the email id of the dependent, I am getting this error message: &...
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Should my mom be added as a dependent in my dad's profile? (Parents are traveling together on B2)

I am currently applying for a B2 visa for my parents. I created a profile for my dad on the US Travel Docs website. While filling it out, I came across a dependent section. Since my parents are ...
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Can I change accommodation details mentioned in DS-160 if the initially selected hotel is unavailable during the interview? [duplicate]

I am in the process of applying for a US B1 visa, and in the DS-160 form I am required to provide the address where I will be staying. I plan to stay at a hotel, but I'm uncertain about its ...
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Applying for B2 visa for my parents: my mother's surname in her passport is different from the name in my dad's passport [spouse section]

I'm currently working in the US and I would like to apply for a B2 visa for my parents. While filling up the DS 160 for my dad, I realized my mother's surname in his passport in the spouse section is &...
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US B1/B2 visa validity longer than maximum allowed

I recently got a US B1/B2 visa with the validity period of 10 years. This is very nice, but since I am a Russian citizen, I was expecting the maximum validity period of 3 years at most. For example, ...
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DS-160 Mistake B2 Tourism / Medical Treatment instead of B1/B2

I recently applied for my US Visa and in the DS 160 form, I selected B2 Tourism / Medical treatment instead of B1/B2, my purpose in traveling to the US is purely Tourism and I do not require any ...
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Is it ok to be proactive wrt the question of illegal immigration during the visa interview?

For instance, is it acceptable to emphasize the reasons why I'm not interested in illegal immigration? Or it's a "don't talk about the elephant in the room" situation?
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Can I enter the US with a one way ticket with a B1/B2 visa?

Can I enter the US with a one way ticket? I have a B1/B2 visa but I’m not staying in the US. I’m a university student and I’m traveling to my college in Europe. I did not buy a return as I’m not sure ...
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Can an invitation letter have no entry/exit dates?

Sometimes we need to visit the company's HQ in the USA, but we don't have information about the dates more than 2-3 weeks in advance. And visa waiting time here can be up to 2 years. So I wonder if ...
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Can I apply in my original country after my CGI federal profile modification request has been accepted?

I had applied for a B2 visa from my home country and scheduled an appointment. I was unable to get early dates, so I requested a profile modification and transfer to another country. While it was ...
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US visa DS160, previous visa same country but different location

I am applying for a B1/B2 US visa and filling out the DS160 form. I had a US visa before, but am unsure about the following question regarding my previous visa: "Are you applying in the same ...
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Incorporating a company in the US. Does it improve or hinder the chances for B1 visa?

So, my previous application for the B1 visa was rejected a few years ago "for the lack of ties". Despite having a previous history of travel to the US and being financially well off. I'm ...
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B1/B2 visa granted without annotations

What does it mean when my approved B1/B2 US visa has no annotations indicated even though I told in the interview that I will be taking my exam in Guam?
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Answering "Do your parents both have valid visas?" when only one has

My son is 4 years old, and while I am filling out questions on the new CGI Portal (for applying B2 visa to the USA), I came across a question: Do your parents both have valid visas? In our case, one ...
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Travel to Cuba with a B2 Visa

This is just a hypothetical. If I were to apply for a B2 USA visa and then go to Cuba, will I be permitted entry into the USA? As I understand it the US still doesn't allow tourism for its citizens, ...
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Can I use a US visa in an expired passport, or do I need an ESTA? [duplicate]

I'm an Irish citizen. My American visa runs out in 2027, but it's in an expired passport. (I do have a valid passport.) Do I need to apply for an ESTA all over?
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DS 160 social media questions

I've been filling the DS-160 form to apply for a US tourist visa. I was surprised to find that I needed to provide my social media accounts. The questions I have is would I need to provide for example ...
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If my friend has passport and b2 visa, does she need an invitation lettter to show at airport upon arrival in the usa in order to stay in my home?

My friend is flying to usa this coming week. She wants to stay for 2 months and already has return ticket. But the money she had doesn't show to be enough for duration of stay. Is she allowed to say ...
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Travelling with B1 during L1b review

I have B1 visitor US visa. Recently my attorney has sent my L1b petition to USCIS. I’m going to get working visa. Question: Can I visit US with my B1 visa during my L1b petition review? Having a ...
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US B1/B2 visa renewal - consulate interview questions

I'm renewing my b1/b2 visa in another country where I currently live, 10 years after the previous one. Had my original appointment when the pandemic started so they pushed all of them for 2023. Do I ...
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B2 visa for transit?

I am a Canadian permanent resident and live close to the US/Canadian border. I have noticed that the flights to the US are cheaper and more convenient for me, which is why I want to apply for a US B2 ...
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I have been refused admission into US whilst on a ESTA under 217 can I still get a tourist visa? [closed]

I travelled to US on an esta. I got refused under section 219 because i was going to study but mistakenly thought i could get student visa in us. Then got denied student visa in embassy though unclear ...
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US Visa Emergency/Expedite Criteria Meaning

I'm applying for a US business visa (B1/B2) and plan to specify an unexpected business emergency to see if an earlier interview date can be given to me so I can travel within the next 2-3 months (in ...
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Returning to the U.S. on a B1/B2 Visa After a 3-Month Stay on an ESTA

I am a German citizen who recently spent 3 months in San Francisco, USA on an ESTA. My goal is to return to the U.S. as soon as possible, but this time, I plan to apply for a B1/B2 visa to potentially ...
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4 numerals on USA visa [duplicate]

My previous two USA visas had 0100 above the red visa number. In the new visa, it's 0101. What are the differences?
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How do I include an invitation letter? (United States)

I understand that when applying for a non-immigrant visa, an invitation letter absolutely helps. However I'm rather confused regarding how I should present the letter. See, virtually all applicants ...
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