The "temporary visitor" status is a nonimmigrant classification for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1), for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2), or combination of both (B-1/B-2) purposes. The Unite State Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers have wide discretion in granting visas or entry to the US.
- Travelers coming to the US for tourism or business for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to visit the US without a visa if they meet the visa waiver program requirements. See Visa Waiver Program (VWP) information below.
- DOS/DHS may not view B-1/WB or B-2/WT Visitor status as appropriate for someone coming to a university to study, conduct research, consult, or lecture. Another immigration category, such as F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor, may be appropriate for such purposes and could possibly refuse a B visa or entry to the US in B visitor status.
- Therefore, it will be at the foreign national’s own risk to obtain a visa and to gain admission to the US as a B-1/WB or B-2/WT visitor.
- See the US Department of State’s information on Visitor’s Visas for Pleasure and Business at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html for further information and requirements.
- Visitors of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) who wish to come under visa waiver may be granted permission to enter for 90 days only and may not extend their stay. The list of VWP countries and requirements, including Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), can be found on the US Department of State website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html.