B-1 Visitor for Business/B-2 Visitor for Pleasure
The most common visa categories are the B-1 Visitor for Business and the B-2 Visitor for Pleasure. Depending on each country's reciprocity schedule, these visas may be granted for up to ten years although periods of admission to the U.S. are normally authorized for stays of only six months for tourists. An extension may be granted for an additional six-month period. Persons holding visitor visas must be careful not to confuse the validity of the visa with the authorized period of stay granted upon admission. Persons who overstay their authorized admission automatically invalidates the visa even if the overstay is for one day. B-1 business visitors are usually admitted for the period required to conduct their business, usually 1–2 months. Visitors are generally prohibited from working in the United States.
Visa Waiver Program
The visa waiver program permits business or pleasure visits for three months without having to apply for a visa. This option is now available to 26 countries.
Citizens of certain countries with very low overall denial rates for visitor's visas are eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Visa Waiver Program visitors are permitted to travel to the United States for short periods of stay without a visa. However, individuals who have previously committed U.S. immigration violations may need to apply for a visitor’s visa notwithstanding the Visa Waiver Program status of their home country.
The program has a number of restrictions. Persons who enter on the visa waiver may not apply for an extension of stay, nor can they change status to other nonimmigrant categories in the U.S. Rather, they must leave and obtain a new visa abroad.
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