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Permissible & Prohibited Activities on

B-2/Visitors Visa

“There are many activities allowed as a nonimmigrant on the B2 Visa. However, if you do not comply with the visitor visa regulations, the visa interview will result in a denial.”

— Brian D. Lerner, Immigration Lawyer

Los Angeles B-2 Visitor Visa Lawyer

B-2 visitor visa activities

There are several activities allowed under the B2 Visitor Visa.

  • Participant in amateur musical, sports or similar events with no remuneration.
  • Dependent of U.S. Armed Forces personnel.
  • Accompanying D or B-1 foreign nationals.
  • Coming to the U.S. to marry USC but will depart.
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Other B2 activities in the United States

Other Activities you can list on the visa application.

  • Social visit to friends/relatives.
  • Health purposes.
  • Participant in conventions of social organizations.
  • Coming to U.S. to marry nonimmigrant.

This is not a visa waiver or under the waiver program

Additional activities permitted with the B-2 Visa.

  • If eligible for H-4 but inconvenient or impossible to obtain, the spouse or child can enter on B-2.
  • L-1A or L-2B for duration of stay. However, the B-2 must show entitlement to B-2 status in his/her own right, but the primary purpose of the travel must be to accompany his or her significant other.
    The fact that the cohabiting partner may be living in the U.S. for an extended period is not a bar to B-2 status.
  • Language students in course of short duration when the course of study is under 18 hours per week.
B-2 Visitor Visa

There are activities you are not allowed to do on the B-2 visa as a nonimmigrant in the United States.

  • Study.
  • Employment.
  • Paid performances, or any professional performance before a paying audience.
  • Arrival as a crewmember on a ship or aircraft.
  • Work as foreign press, in radio, film, print journalism, or other information media.
  • Permanent residence in the United States.

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