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Some things you should know about the tourist visa for minors

Every foreign child that wishes to enter the United States as a tourist needs a visa. The only exceptions are children that have a passport from a country in the Visa Waiver Program.

These are some things you should know about the tourist visa for children

  1. Every child needs a visa, including babies. In some countries, it is allowed that the child is included in the passport of one of the parents. Both the child and the parent need a visa, so both visas will be stamped in the parent ´s passport. Nevertheless, what´s most common is that every infant has a passport, where the visa will be stamped.
  2. The visa for a child is requested in the same way in which it is requested for an adult, that is, by completing the online form known as DS-160. The first step is to select the place where the visa will be requested. That way you will follow not only the general instructions but also the specific instructions required by that consulate or embassy.
  3.  Every child must also pay the corresponding visa fee, which is not reimbursed in case the visa is not approved.
  4. As a general rule, minors that are 14 years old or more should personally assist the interview and biometric data must be acquired such as photographs and fingerprints.
  5. It´s common that in Latin American countries infants should assist the interview in the embassy and attention centers. Nonetheless, only in rare cases will they request the fingerprints of someone less than 14 years old. This depends on whether the parents have a valid visa or not, on the minor´s exact age and the consulate. It´s important that you follow the instructions while completing the form, to avoid mistakes. Keep in mind that in specific cases the consular official can request to see the child.
  6. The general rule is that minors under 16 years old should attend the interview with both parents.
  7. If both parents cannot attend the interview, the person that does attend must:Prove that he or she has exclusive custody over the minor, with documents such as court orders, widow certificates, or other cases related to single mothers.
    -Prove that he or she has exclusive custody over the minor, with documents such as court orders, widow certificates, or other cases related to single mothers.
    -Deliver a testimonial sealed by a notary public that states that the missing parent is not attending the interview for a good reason and that he or she authorizes the other parent to request a visa for the child.
  8. In the interview, the parents must bring the minor´s passport and an original copy of the birth certificate. They must also bring their own valid or expired passports, with a US visa, and if they don´t have a passport, a document that identifies them, such as their national ID.
  9. The visa will be denied, among other reasons, if the parents cannot prove enough economic and family ties in the country in which they reside normally. If both parents already have a tourist visa, if they have entered and exited the county within the authorized terms, and never had any kind of trouble, it´s highly likely that the visa will be approved.
  10. Even though in some cases it´s possible to request a tourist visa in a country other than the one in which the individual normally lives, this is not an advisable thing to do since it could cause unnecessary inconveniences.
  11. A child that lives outside the USA, but was born in the USA, cannot request a tourist visa because he or she is a US citizen. What this person has to do is to have a valid passport to enter the US (even if that person is also a citizen of the country in which he or she lives)
  12. If a child born outside the USA has at least one parent that is an American citizen, parents should verify if the child has the right to be an American citizen by birthright. Rules are different in the case of the mother or the father, and their marital status is also relevant.
  13. When traveling with a child to an international territory, certain rules must be followed, especially if the infant is not traveling with both parents. For example, many countries require an additional form to be completed. It´s important to avoid confusing situations that could label a trip to another country as international child kidnapping. 

The DS-160 form and US visa in the Dominican Republic

The DS-160 form is an essential document that all citizens of the Dominican Republic must complete in order to apply for a US visa. If you are traveling with children, they also have to fill out the DS-160 form. Through the United States Embassy you can access the DS-160 form and complete it online. This document will not be valid if it is completed by typewriter or by hand. At the end of the process, you must sign it electronically to confirm the truthfulness and accuracy of the information stated.

Once you have completed the DS-160 form online, you must print it if you want to submit it to the embassy. At the end of the form you will find a barcode with a number that´s necessary to schedule an appointment at the embassy. This means you can´t lose this document under any circumstances. You cannot travel to the United States without a visa, so this form is absolutely necessary. This is the first step in the process of applying for your visa. It´s very important to have clarity about what visa you are going to apply for before you start filling out the DS-160 form.

Directions for completing the DS-160 form

Before completing your DS-160 form there are a number of indications that you have to consider to complete the document properly and get the US visa, to travel to the United States:
 

  • At the beginning of the DS-160 form, you must select the address of the Visa Attention Center where you will have the interview later; you can´t change it in the middle of the process.
  • You must attach a photograph to the DS-160 form. The photograph must have the following specific conditions: it should have been taken in the last 6 months, it should also have white background, you must look at the camera with neutral gesture and with your eyes open, measurements should be 35mm x 22mm and the image has to be in color.
  • You have to answer all the questions in English. This means that you can only use characters from the English alphabet and you cannot use tildes (accentuation marks) or ñ, typical of the Spanish alphabet.
  • Your computer session will expire if you stop working on the DS-160 form for more than 20 minutes. You will have to start from the beginning if you have not registered the Application Identification number or if you have not saved your application in a file on your computer.
  • When you complete the form, you will be presented with a confirmation page with a barcode to print, as explained above. You must submit the printed confirmation during the interview in the embassy.
  • After printing the confirmation, click on the “Return” key of your browser and send a copy of the DS-160 form to your email account.

With all this information and directions, you can successfully complete the DS-160 form to begin your US visa process and afterwards enjoy your stay in the United States.

Practical guide for Argentinians on how to get a visa to the United States

Several myths have been created around the visa procedure to the United States, especially after Donald Trump won the presidency of the country using an aggressive speech against immigration. Many believed that immigration policies would get stricter, nevertheless, after eight months with the mogul in the White House, for the moment, speculations were not as accurate, when they are contrasted with the real figures.

Brendan O´Brien, the United States General Consul in Argentina stated, “98% of the visas for Argentinian citizens are approved. According to official data, last year 791.000 Argentinians traveled to the USA, and this year, that amount is on the rise. Something that had everyone worried was that at the beginning of the year, president Trump signed an executive order to increase security in the visa procedure.

Consuls did state that they are currently going through a worldwide assessment process, nevertheless, they also said that this wouldn´t affect the positive approval rates. Argentina is the sixth country in the world that delivers the most approved visas with an impressive 1500 per day. Plus, during what they call “Super November” that number doubles and places Argentina in the number one spot. According to consulate officials, the most visited cities are Miami and Orlando, followed by New York.

How to get a visa to the USA?

The first thing you need to specify in the US Embassy´s website is what the motive of your trip is. Tourism? Work? Education? That is what will define what type of visa you need. The most requested visa category by Argentinians is “Business and Tourism” (B1/B2), and in Visa USA Now we specialize in just that visa category.

In case that is the visa category you need, you must first fill out a non-immigrant digital application. Once you have done that you must print the DS-160 confirmation sheet, one for every applicant. Afterwards, enter the “Visa information service” in the US Embassy´s website, and create a username and password. You must then select the visa category you wish to apply for and the DHL (delivery service) office you want your passport to be sent to. Then you must pay $160 for the “Business and Tourism” category, and set up an interview date.

Since this year it´s possible to set up the two interviews that are necessary for the visa procedure for the same day. It generally takes up to 40 days to get an appointment and it takes about a week for your passport to arrive with the visa.

Applicant attention center (CAS, according to the acronym in Spanish)

The CAS in Buenos Aires is located in Avenida Santa Fe 4569 in Palermo. Be punctual and don´t arrive too early, since you will be allowed to enter at the established time. Bring your passport and the printed DS-160 confirmation sheet. You must then go through a line where the CAS employees will check that your confirmation form is complete. Then you will go to a room where they will take the photographs that will appear in your visa, and they´ll also take your fingerprints.

The appointment in the Embassy

Everything is set up so that in 45 minutes the person enters the embassy, goes through the interview process and possibly get his visa approved. If the individual meets the renewal deadlines stipulated by the American consulate he or she does not have to return to the Embassy never again; it´s a once in a lifetime process. The Embassy is located at Calle Colombia 4300, in Palermo, just behind La Rural. The first place you enter, after waiting a few minutes at the door, is an outside patio, where the fingerprints of the applicants are taken.

Once the fingerprinting procedure is completed, you will access the inside of the building, where you will have to make a line and wait for the Embassy staff to call you.

There are 17 cubicles in which the interviews are conducted and this is perhaps the part of the procedure that could take up more time. If yours is a family group, you can go together.

Some ordinary questions are:

Do you have relatives living in the United States?

What is his job?

Are you employed or own a company?

Is your company registered in AFIP?

The interview between the applicant and the embassy official is conducted in Spanish. You have to be as sincere as possible and avoid getting nervous since many people tend to get nervous and this could have a negative effect.

Although it is not mandatory it may be a good idea to carry payment receipts or property titles that prove that you have enough economic ties to your homeland.

Informing that you have relatives living in the United States, especially if they are close, becomes another fundamental fact. If it´s your father, mother or sibling, it is necessary to say it, and also to bring some evidence that explains the situation in which that person is living in the US.

The passport with the visa will take approximately one week to arrive by mail, after the interview, and the confirmation that the visa was approved.

Avoid buying plane tickets before the interview in the Embassy. Also, begin the process with at least two months before you have to travel, considering the 40 days the interview appointment takes and the week you have to wait for your passport.

US tightens renewal of tourist visa in Mexico

US authorities have canceled the benefit of not being interviewed by immigration agents in the application for a B2 visa, which is designed for tourist activities such as shopping and tourism, family visits or medical treatments.

The new immigration policies of the United States government tightened the requirements and procedures for obtaining a visa for that country. An interview, with an immigration official, will now be mandatory if the expiration of the document exceeds 12 months (one year).

With this measure, the US authorities have canceled the benefit of not going through an interview with immigration agents in the application for the B2 tourist visa, which is designed for tourist activities such as shopping, tourism, family visits or medical treatments, and so on. The B1 and B2 visa is not valid for employment in the United States of America, according to the information on the United States Embassy´s website.

Another requirement raised by the US authorities is that the applicant cannot have been rejected when attempting to enter the United States at any time, or had any problems with Customs or the US Border Patrol. The applicant cannot have been guilty of any crime while being in the US because he or she will no longer have the right to request a renewal.

“The applicant must not have been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or had other problems or difficulties with US Customs and Border Patrol, trying to enter the United States”.

Previously, a person who had had a problem entering the United States could re-apply for the entry document and be subject to the decision of the immigration authorities, whether or not to grant the visa document. The United States government offers 21 types of visas for Mexicans. The US embassy in Mexico points out that this country delivers about two million permits each year. In Visa USA Now we specialize in tourist visa counseling, visit our homepage for more information at www.visausanow.com.

These are the updated requirements that the United States Embassy in Mexico points out.

1.The applicant is renewing a visa of full validity

2.The applicant is a Mexican citizen and is applying with his Mexican passport

3.The applicant is applying in the same visa category

4.The applicant is returning to the same institution or place of work as indicated in the previous visa application.

5.The applicant is applying for a BCC, BBBCV, B1 / B2, C1 / D, F, I, J, M, or O visa.

6. The applicant still possesses his former visa.

7. The previous visa expired 12 months ago, from the date of the appointment in the Attention Center for Petitioners.

8. The applicant has never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or has had any other problems or difficulties with US Customs and Border Patrol, when trying to enter the United States

9.All sections of online application DS-160 have been completed (Non-Immigrant visa)

US Visa Application in Honduras: Requirements and Procedures

Today, the United States is one of the main touristic and work destinations in the world. If you are Honduran or have a passport from Honduras and you have decided to travel to that country, you will have to consider that to enter, you will need a US visa for Hondurans. Whether for touristic or business reasons, you have to keep in mind that there is a rigorous process to apply for the visa.

For many people it can be a stressful process, but if you apply seriously, the results will probably be favorable. The first thing you have to consider is you must know what type of visa you want to obtain. The most common visa is the tourist visa, which is under the category of nonimmigrant visas. Visa USA Now specializes on that type of visa, go to our homepage www.visausanow.com and begin your procedure for applying to the B2 visa category.

The B1 Visa is mainly used for temporary business trips and it´s perfect for meeting with customers and suppliers, negotiating contracts and attending various exhibitions, conventions or conferences. The B2 Visa is mainly used for touristic activities such as visiting friends and family, and obtaining medical treatments. It´s worth mentioning that the B1 and B2 visas are not valid for acquiring work or for entering the country permanently as a student.

How to apply for an American Visa from Honduras

Once you have defined the type of Visa you wish to apply to, you must access the website of the United States Embassy.

There, you must pay for your visa (Note: the payment of the visa does not imply that you are granted the visa to the United States). There are several payment options; the rates of the visas will vary depending on the type of visa that you need.

US visa requirements for Hondurans

There are a number of US visa requirements in Honduras, the first of which is completing the DS-160 form.

You have to keep in mind that the DS-160 form must be filled in a computer, you must answer all the questions with total honesty and all the information must be correct and precise.

Once you have filled out the form, you must schedule your appointment at the American Embassy; it is very important to bring the DS-160 form printed to the appointment as it contains a bar code necessary for the procedure.

Other requirements for the US visa

  • It is very important that each applicant is properly registered on the website of the embassy.
  • Printed sheet with the DS-160 confirmation.
  • Schedule the interview; the interview can be scheduled from the internet using your PIN number
  • Carry a valid Passport with a validity of at least 6 months after the date of the interview.
  • Documents that validate that you have enough economic, family and labor ties in your country.
  • Choose the DHL that best suits you to pick up your visa in case it is approved.
  • Attend the interview with all the necessary documentation.

Once you have completed the online procedures, you should attend the appointment with the consul. Like any other professional interview in life, you must be aware that it is very important to not to be nervous, to be earnest; and thus answer honestly. It is also very important to dress properly for the visa interview in the consulate. It is of utmost importance not to be nervous, as this will most likely earn points in your favor.

In addition, you must answer all questions, either in Spanish or English, in a clear and calm fashion. You can request the consul to repeat any question in case you don´t understand it well. The idea is that you are able to respond concretely to what you are asked.

When you finish the interview, you will be notified within a period of no more than one month if your visa was approved or not. In case it is not approved, you probably will be informed of the reason for that decision. You must ask the consul about the possibilities for applying for the visa again.

Types of immigrant visas to the USA

Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter the United States. It´s the mechanism the USA uses to protect the country´s borders and their citizens, from potential threats that are very real. Visas are issued at consulates and embassies and allow the person to travel to the USA and request permission to enter the country. There are two fundamental types of visas: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. Immigrant visas are for people who intend to live in the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for persons with a permanent residence outside the United States but who wish to reside in the United States on a temporary basis.

The residence visa or “green card” is the document required by the individual intending to live permanently in the United States. For a foreign citizen to get a green card he or she must be solicited or sponsored by a United States citizen, legal resident, or prospective employer. The sponsor begins the immigration process by filing the petition on behalf of the foreign citizen with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.

The categories that are most in demand are for reasons of family and employment. Nevertheless, there is the category of adoption, investment, and special immigrant. Due to these laws, a US citizen can file an immigrant visa petition for his or her spouse, children, parents and siblings. The visa holder acquires the status of permanent residence, which means he or she has the right to live and work in the USA. In addition, those who have a Green Card can leave US territory for vacations or for work reasons. However, the status may be lost if the length of the stay outside the United States is exceeded.

 

The following table has different reasons for immigration to the United States, and the visa category related to each purpose. This information is taken from the US Department of State:

 

Immediate Relative & Family Sponsored

Visa Category

Spouse of a U.S. Citizen 

IR1, CR1

Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition

K-3 *

Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S.

K-1 *

Inter-country Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens

IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4

Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens

IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4

Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents

F2A, F2B

Employer Sponsored – Employment  
Employment-Based Immigrants, including  (preference group):

  • Priority workers [First]
  • Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second]
  • Professionals and Other Workers [Third]
  • Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]
  • Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]

E1

E2

 

 

 

E3, EW3

 

 

C5, T5, R5, I5

 

S (many**)

Religious Workers

SD, SR

Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters

SI 

Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

SQ

Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

SQ

Other Immigrants

 

Diversity Immigrant Visa

DV

Returning Resident

SB

In Visa USA Now we specialize in tourist visa counseling or guidance. We publish these sort of articles because we know they´re also among our client´s range of interests. Also, the point we want to make is that there is a wide range of visa categories and that you must be certain which is the adequate one for you. For this, the purpose of your stay in the United States must be crystal clear. Visit our website and get all the relevant information, so your tourist visa application to the USA is a success. 

Types of non-immigrant visas for the United States

There are various types of visas that are requested by the United States for employment, study, family, travel, business, and for a temporary or permanent stay. Citizens of some countries do not need a visa to travel to the United States, unfortunately, this does not apply to any Latin American country except Chile, and citizens with dual nationality of one of the countries eligible for the ESTA waiver.

Non-immigrant visas in the United States

A nonimmigrant visa allows a temporary stay in the United States. They are organized according to different categories and can be requested at US Embassies. There are several types of nonimmigrant visas for temporary visitors if they are not US citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. The purpose of your trip and other facts will determine the type of visa that will be required, according to immigration laws in the United States. It is important to have clarity regarding the purpose of your trip in order to get the adequate nonimmigrant visa. Visa USA Now will guide you through the necessary steps to apply for a visa at a United States Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Check the list below to find information on all types of US visas that can be processed to enter the United States of America.

Purpose of travel to the United States and visas for non-immigrants/ Type of Visa
Athletes, amateurs & professionals (that compete only for monetary prizes)/ B-1
Au pairs (exchange visitor)/ J
Australian Professional Specialty/ E-3
Border Crossing Card: Mexico/ BCC
Business Visitors/ B-1
Crew members/ D
Diplomats and officials of foreign governments/ A
Domestic employees or nanny who must accompany a foreign employer/ B-1
Employees of an international organization, and NATO/ G1-G5, NATO
Exchange Visitors/ J
Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States/ A2, NATO1-6
Foreigners with extraordinary skills in Science, Arts, Education, Business or Sports/ O
Professionals of a free trade agreement (FTA): Chile, Singapore/ H-1B1
Internationally cultural exchange visitors/ Q
Employees transferred between companies/ L
Visitors for medical treatment/ B-2
Journalists/ I
NAFTA Professional Workers: Mexico, Canada/ TN/TD
Nurses who come to areas with a lack of professional healthcare/ H1-C
Athletes, artists or entertainers that are going to perform/ P
Doctor/ J , H-1B
Teacher (exchange visitor)/ J
Religious workers/ R
Specialized occupations requiring specialized knowledge/ H-1B
Students: academic, vocational/ F, M
Temporary Farmers/ H-2A
Seasonal workers carrying out seasonal work/ H-2B
Visitors for tourism, pleasure or vacations/ B2
Training in a program not primarily for employment/ H-3
Traders or investors in treaties/ E
Transiting the United States/ C
Vitim of criminal activity/ U
Victim of human trafficking/ T
Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)/ V
Information from the Directory of Visa Categories from the US Department of State

The B1/B2 visa category is among the most requested, known as a tourist visa. With this kind of visa, you can visit on vacation, visit your family or friends, attend a business meeting, participate in work training, have a medical treatment or develop missionary labor. If you wish to take a short recreational course, with an hourly intensity fewer than 18 hours per week, you can do so with this visa.

Visa for students or scholars

These visa categories are directed towards those who yearn to study in the United States. Individuals wishing to study in an academic program such as a university or an intensive English institute must apply for an F visa.

But if you want to do a non-academic, vocational study, such as a painting, gastronomy or writing, you must apply for an M visa. For most Latin American countries, this visa lasts for a maximum of five years, depending on the duration of the program.

J-1 Visa for exchange programs

This type of visa is granted to applicants whose main purpose is to have an exchange program to the United States. Millions of people actually go to the US to make meaningful relationships, both in education and culture.

Among the exchange programs are: working as an Au Pair, as a summer camp counselor, as a temporary student in a university or temporary student in a secondary school. Some programs are directed towards distinguished people of governments or international visitors, doctors, bilingual teachers, professors, researchers, and fellows.

In Visa USA Now we specialize in tourist visa counseling or guidance. We publish these sort of articles because we know they´re also among our client´s range of interests. Also, the point we want to make is that there is a wide range of visa categories and that you must be certain which is the adequate one for you. For this, the purpose of your stay in the United States must be crystal clear. Visit our website and get all the relevant information, so your tourist visa application to the USA is a success. 

You need this visa to get medical treatment in the United States

The United States has an extensive network of hospitals and clinics that have international certifications. That is why states like Florida, Texas, New York, among other states, are the epicenter for international medical tourism from regions such as Latin America. Nevertheless, people interested in traveling to the US for receiving medical treatment must first prove that they have enough economic muscle to cover the expenses of the medical treatment and the stay in the country.

The Immigration Law bans the entry of people that could be a public burden or could require free medical assistance. With the exception of a few emergency situations, most hospitals in the United States don´t admit patients that don´t have a medical insurance or evidence that they can cover all the inherent expenses.

Also, as any other applicant, the citizen must obtain a nonimmigrant visa to enter the country, in this case the B1/B-2 visa, and demonstrate the intention of returning to their place of residence outside the United States.

What you must deliver to get a B1/B-2 visa for medical treatment

The B1/B-2 visa application process is similar to a tourist or business visa, but there are additional documents that must be submitted in case of medical treatment, to establish that the applicant qualifies for the category.

• Medical diagnosis of a local doctor, explaining what disease you have, and why you should go to the United States for treatment.
• Letter from doctor or hospital in the United States, indicating if they can treat that illness, detailing the cost and time of treatment (this includes the doctor’s and the hospital fees and any other expenses related to treatment).
• A letter of financial liability from the individual or organization that will take care of the medical expenses, transportation, and stay. To guarantee the payment of such expenses, proof must be shown of being able to do so. That proof can be either bank statements or other forms of income, savings vouchers, or certified copies of tax payments.

You must provide evidence that:

• Your visit to the United States is for medical purposes only
• You plan to stay for a temporary and specific period of time, fact that is corroborated by a letter from your treating physician
• You have a permanent residence outside the United States, as well as a family or employment relationship that demonstrates that you intend to return home
• You have a valid passport with no imminent expiration, that allows you to return to your country of origin at the end of your visit
• You have the financial means to pay for your travel and personal expenses during your stay in the United States

Before applying for the B1/B-2 visa, you should research and get in touch with a variety of medical professionals who can treat your condition. This way you can get an idea of how long you will need to be in the US, and how much you can expect to pay for treatment and any other related costs, such as exams, doctor’s fees, hospitalization, and prescription drugs. Once you have decided on a professional, get a letter from the doctor or hospital in the United States explaining:

• The physician’s willingness to accept you as a patient, based on information received from your local physician
• A detailed treatment plan for your medical condition
• How long will you need to stay in the United States to complete your medical treatment?
• The estimated cost of all medical procedures, including fees for inpatient and outpatient care.

In Visa USA Now we specialize in tourist visa counseling or guidance. We publish these sort of articles because we know they´re also among our client´s range of interests. Also, the point we want to make is that there is a wide range of visa categories and that you must be certain which is the adequate one for you. For this, the purpose of your stay in the United States must be crystal clear. Visit our website and get all the relevant information, so your tourist visa application to the USA is a success. 

Questions you need to answer during your interview for the tourist visa

You´ve got everything ready for your vacation trip to the United States. You saved up some money and are willing to have the journey of a lifetime, but there´s still one test to go: the interview for getting your tourist visa approved. The B1/B2 visa is designed for touristic activities including shopping, sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives that are residents of for getting medical treatment. Embassies from the US place emphasize that this visa doesn´t admit getting a job in the US.

Those interested in applying for this visa category must demonstrate that their intention of entering the United States is for a temporary term and with the sole purpose of having a touristic trip or temporary business meeting or event. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have the sufficient funds to cover their stay in the country, plus social and economic ties to their own country.

One of the interview´s main goals is to guarantee that the applicant will come back to his or her country after the temporary legal visit. It´s best if you´re completely honest to avoid inconveniences. You won´t have any kind of trouble if you answer the questions with the truth, and you deliver all the solicited documents. US authorities recommend arriving 15 minutes beforehand. This process tends to be brief. Keep in mind that the interview is a crucial part of the whole process and that it´s best to be prepared. Knowing the kind of questions you will be asked by consular officials could give you the advantage you need for getting a better result. These are some of the most common questions made by a consular official to those applying for a B1/B2 visa.

1. Who are you traveling with? Consular officials want to know if you´re traveling by yourself, with relatives or friends.

2. Where do you work at? What is your work activity? Consular officials want to determine what is your socioeconomic status and also want to make sure you don´t participate in any illicit business or activity.

3. How much money do you earn? Don´t get nervous, they just want to make sure that you have enough for covering your stay in the country. Be sure to make an accurate calculation and don´t increase or decrease the sum.

4. Who´s paying for your trip? If someone doesn´t have enough money to cover their own trip but has a sponsor, consular officials want to know who the sponsor is.

5. What is the purpose of your trip? You should answer that your trip is for touristic reasons. If you answer you will be working or studying your visa will be rejected. Avoid long explanations or beating around the bush.

6. Where will you be traveling? If you can´t answer this question it´s likely that you will generate suspicion.

7. Do you have any relatives living in the United States? If you do, consular officials will want to know everything about them.

8. Where will you be staying? They want to make sure that you don´t have any illegal relatives living in the United States and that your trip really is a touristic one.

9. What places will you visit? If you have a detailed itinerary, by all means, provide it. This will make all the process smoother.

10. When will you be coming back to your home country? Give an exact date that´s not more than 90 days total, from the start of your trip… as we said, they don´t want you staying there.

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Some ways professionals can migrate legally to the USA

Approximately 140.000 immigration visas are granted every year to foreigners, their spouse and children, that have the intention to migrate to the US based on their skills. The objective is to land different jobs, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A high number of Latin American immigrants with a higher education degree and various years of experience have managed to establish themselves in the United States legally, due to visa categories that are based on employment.

If you have the right set of skills, education and/or experience, and you are eligible, considering other aspects, you could live in the United States temporarily or permanently, with one of the following visa categories.

1. The EB-1 category: This category is reserved for people with extraordinary skills in the sciences, arts, education, business or sports; outstanding professors or researchers; and executives or people with managerial positions of multinationals.

2. The EB-2 category: This category is reserved for people who are professionals and have postgraduate degrees, or for people with exceptional skills in the arts, sciences or business.

3. The EB-3 category: This one is reserved for professionals, skilled workers and others.

4. The EB-4 category: This is reserved for “special immigrants”, including certain religious workers, US foreign service station employees, retired employees from international organizations, foreign minors under the protection of US courts, and other foreigners.

5. The H-1B temporary work visa has a double intention since it lets holders seek the change to a green card.

It is designed for professionals and is widely used by employees of technology companies, but is not restricted to them.

6. The L-1 and L-2 temporary work visa is directed towards managers and executives of multinationals who are transferred to the United States. It is similar to the H-1B visa, since this visa also has a dual purpose.

7. Visa O is aimed at people with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, or that have demonstrated a record of extraordinary achievements in the film or television industry, being nationally and internationally recognized for those achievements.

8. TN Visa allows non-immigrant professionals from Canada and Mexico to work in the United States. Mexican professionals must obtain a TN visa at a US consulate or embassy to enter the United States. Canadian professionals can apply for TN status at a US and Canadian port of entry under the Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Keep in mind that some visa categories require that you to have a job offer from an employer in the US or sponsor. Also, for some visa categories it is necessary that before the US employer can file a petition to USCIS, they must obtain an approved labor certification from the US Department of Labor where it is justified that there are not enough available, qualified and disposed US workers to occupy the position offered with the current salary. It´s worth noting that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively affect the wages and working conditions of US workers with similar jobs.

In Visa USA Now we specialize in tourist visa counseling or guidance. We publish these sort of articles because we know they´re also among our client´s range of interests. Also, the point we want to make is that there is a wide range of visa categories and that you must be certain which is the adequate one for you. For this, the purpose of your stay in the United States must be crystal clear. Visit our website and get all the relevant information, so your tourist visa application to the USA is a success.