WHAT IS B-1/ B-2 STATUS?
The B-1 status is for a visitor coming temporarily to the United States for short term business. The B-2 status is generally for pleasure or medical treatment. Visitors may use the B-1/B-2 visa for brief stays, usually less than six months, to participate in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences, or seminars. The consulate issues a B-1/B-2 visa stamp. When applying for the visitor visa stamp, the stamp is a combined stamp. When the individual enters the U.S., the officers at Customs and Border Protection admit them as a tourist for business or a tourist for pleasure.
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any foreign national coming temporarily to the U.S. for business or pleasure.
Allowable business activities:
- Anyone wishing to enter the U.S. temporarily for business, pleasure or medical treatment purposes can apply for a U.S. tourist visa.
- consult with business associates
- attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference
- settle an estate
- negotiate a contract
Allowable tourist activities:
- vacation (holiday)
- visit with friends or relatives
- medical treatment
- participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
- participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
- enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation)
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?
The B-1/B-2 status is not appropriate for students or long-term scholars coming to UW-Madison. B visitors should never hold a UW-Madison appointment of any kind, even unpaid.
A B visitor is:
- not allowed to be employed
- not allowed to study
- not allowed to be paid for performances, or any professional performance before a paying audience
- not allowed to arrive as a crewmember on a ship or aircraft
- not allowed to work as foreign press, radio, film, journalists, and other information media
- not allowed to apply for permanent residence in the United States
HOW TO REQUEST B-1 STATUS
There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply.