What Are the Requirements for Getting a Visitor's Visa for the USA?


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Requirements for getting a U.S. visitor's visa include a photo, a Form 160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application, a receipt for the application fee and a valid passport, according to the U.S. Department of State. The Form 160 must be completed online, printed out and brought to the interview, as of 2015.

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An interview is required for visitors between 14 and 79 years of age, according to the U.S. Department of State. All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the proposed visit. The application fee is $160, as of 2015, and some countries require applicants to pay an additional fee for insurance. Interviews are conducted by appointment at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in the applicant's country of residence.

The B-1 visa is issued for travel to conduct business affairs, handle estates or attend conferences. The B-2 visa permits travel for vacation purposes, to receive medical care, participate in non-paying shows or compete in amateur sporting events. If the interview determines a combination of purposes, the applicant may be given both a B-1 and B-2 visa. Nonimmigrant visas prohibit holders from enrolling in school, taking a job, entertaining a paying audience, representing foreign media, attempting to establish permanent residence, or entering the United States as an employee of an aircraft or ship.

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