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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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Entering the US from China for the first time with an Indian passport

I have a newly issued 10-year US B1/B2 visa on my Indian passport. I will have to be in Shanghai for a week before flying to the US for the 1st time using this visa. Does anyone here have any ...
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Filled g639 by mistake

I am on a non-immigrant B2 US visa and I recently filled the g639 form on the USCIS w3bsite to access my I-94. I got an email saying nothing was found since I filled incomplete information. However I ...
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Can someone re-enter the USA on a tourist visa after 8 months outside of the country when they stayed earlier in the USA for 12 months?

My divorced parent came to visit us in the USA last year on tourist visas and then towards the end of their 6 months stay we extended their stay for another 6 months officially by applying for an ...
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How I can change the country name on my profile in portal.ustraveldocs.com?

I applied for an online USA visit visa (B1/B2) with my family and filled the online DS-160 forms and received the confirmations. I applied on portal.ustraveldocs.com to deposit the visa fees and get ...
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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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Finance question for US visa

I get a salary paycheck from my father's personal account, who is also the owner of the business we own. I am on a manager visa. Due to insufficient funds in my current account, we usually get my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What did I do wrong in my interview for a US tourist visa? What can I do to avoid refusal in the future?

I went to the US embassy in New Delhi with my wife for a B2 visa interview. This is how the interview went: Interviewer: Why are you going to USA? Me: We are going for tourism. ...
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Traveling to US for a conference as a remote worker for US company

I want to travel to the US for a staff conference. I work remotely from Kenya for a US company. I applied for a B1/B2 visa but they said I should apply for a work visa. I want to reapply for a B1/B2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Proof of hotel reservation in different name for USA visa B1/B2 application

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 ...
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Can I travel to the USA with a Refugee Travel Document (1951 Convention Travel Document or Geneva Document) Travel to USA for a work purpose?

I am a refugee in Ireland and I hold a Refugee Travel Document (1951 Convention Travel Document or Geneva Document). I am applying for a job that may require me to travel to the USA. Would this be ...
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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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Does the interview for a US B1/B2 visa actually influence the decision?

Amongst the many questions on TSE about US visa refusals, there are several where the interview (as described by the applicant) appears so cursory that it seems possible that the refusal decision had ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Immigration officer allowed stay for a month, but I94 shows 6 months

My parents visited the USA from June 31 to August 24, 2017 (two months). They came back on January 23, 2018. The immigration officer at the port of entry informed them that they could stay in the USA ...
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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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Parents' names in their passports are not matching the names in my passport. Do I need to specify 2 names in B2 visa application and other documents?

I am from India. And I am working in the USA on an H-1B visa. Due to a clerical mistake, my father's education documents have a different last name than his original. Same thing for his job documents ...
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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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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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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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US B1/B2 visa validity

I was recently approved for a B1 visa. What is the amount of time typically given with it? All my colleagues got 10 years on theirs. They are telling me that only 10 years are given out as it relates ...
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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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US visa renewal via DropBox

I'm applying from Nigeria to renew my visa for Dropbox (I have met all the requirements) and I answered questions regarding DHL drop-off, but the last question I answered states the following: ...
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How can I change my visa appointment to another country?

I'm moving to another country before the appointment. When I login to my visa account, I don't see an option to change the country. Only city.
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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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