Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The B1 / B2 Visa, or visitor visa, is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business, a B-1 Visa, and if for pleasure or medical treatment, then a B-2 Visa.
Applicants for B1 - B2 visitor visas must show that they qualify under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:
A B1 - B2 visitor can seek an extension of his or her stay in the U.S. The application for extension must be filed prior to the expiration of the initial stay.
CAUTION: It is important for the visitor to maintain his or her status in the U.S. Violating one's status can result in ineligibility for adjustment of status. Moreover, a departure after accruing a certain amount of unlawful presence can trigger a bar to readmission to the U.S. Be sure to consult with an immigration attorney from NeJame Law about your U.S. visitor visa.
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