Tourist or Visitors Visas
The category of visa required for travel to the United States is primarily determined by the purpose of the travel. A person traveling for tourism (including visits to friends or relatives) requires a “B2” tourist visa. Please note that a single visa can be a “B1/B2” visa, valid for travel for either tourist or business purposes. Please see additional information about tourist visas.
To qualify for a B2 Tourist Visa, applicants must demonstrate:
that they are planning to travel for legitimate tourist purposes,
that they have sufficient funds to undertake the trip, and
that they have strong ties to their home sufficient to compel them to return to that home after a short trip to the U.S. (for example, permanent regular employment, essential family obligations, etc.)
In certain cases, a person may seek a B2 visa in order to get medical care in the United States. This requires additional documentation.
For information regarding denials of visitors visas, see Visa Denials.