It’s time to prepare for that trip to the United States. Just make sure you apply for the correct visa, you don’t want to pay twice or have to go through the whole process again. Find out here if your visa is a tourist one and if so, follow the steps to process it.
Visa application is a process that can cause us a lot of emotions but also some anxiety. At this time, the restrictions of the epidemic have eased and many people have returned to travel. If this is your case and you want to go on vacation outside the country, you must process your own tourist visa, also known as B2.
In this video, we explain how to process it step by step, but you can continue reading to find out what a B2 visa is and find more information about the process.
There are people who offer to help you complete the visa application in exchange for money. But as with every procedure, we recommend that you do it yourself. Well, it will be the best way to keep your personal data and money safe. Avoid falling for scams or scams.
What is a tourist visa or B2 visa?
There are several types of visas: to work, to study, to work, among others. Today we will tell you about the B2 tourist visa application. This visa allows you to enter the United States for recreational activities, social activities, and even medical treatment. Under no circumstances may you work or study formally at the place, as doing so would be a legal offense.
Here is a more specific list of activities you can do with this visa:
- fun activities
- Visit someone
- Participation in cultural, sporting or charitable events without receiving payment (playing in a concert or competition for example)
- Receive some medical treatment
- Marry someone from the United States, but don’t stay put.
- Being a companion of people who have traveled on business or members of a crew such as pilots.
Remember that if the reasons for your trip do not match the information we share with you, you will have to apply for a different visa. The B2 Tourist visa only allows you to obtain a stay of up to 90 days In the United States, and then you will not be able to stay there. The important fact is that minors also need a visa.
B2 visa application process
If you find the reasons for your visit in the previous list, we invite you to continue the process of obtaining it. We will not lie to you, this procedure is not that simple, as it may require travel, different waiting times, and if you do not answer your information correctly, you may have to repeat the procedure. But this is not to scare you, but to pay more attention.
- Fill out the DS-160 form, you can find it at ceac.state.gov/genniv
This form, except for your name, must be filled out entirely in English, and here we leave you Example. You must respond with your personal information:
- Reasons for your trip
- your buddies
- Your contact details
- If you have ever traveled to the United States.
- Information about your family
- Your passport data
- If you have any contact in the US
- your school background
- Your business data
To answer, we recommend that you have your passport and travel itinerary on hand. Depending on the reason for your trip, the questions may vary. And be careful because any false information can lead not only to the loss of your visa, but to its final refusal.
You will only have 90 minutes to answer, although you can also save your answers and answer on different days. Once you have completed filling out this form, you will receive a confirmation email which you must save and print as they will ask you to do so at a later interview.
- Pay your visa
You can schedule an interview from the website ais.usvisa-info.com/es-mx/niv. You just have to follow their steps, click on order:
Select your status, in this case it is “I am a Mexican citizen completing a visa application form” then you can click on continue
And you will create an account on the site, register your data and then click on “Create an account”.
After that, the system will display a document so that you can pay for your visa. The value of the tourist visa is $160. In other words, at least in April 2023, it could cost you 2,887 pesos, depending on the dollar rate.
- Schedule your appointment
After that, you will be able to visit the Appointment Information System again. Make an appointment at your nearest consulate, especially if you are between the ages of 14 and 79, because in this age range it is imperative that you have an interview for your visa application. At these CAS centers, they will take your biometric data and conduct an interview to ensure that your reasons for visiting are valid.
This is the List of CAS in Mexico:
- Juarez City
- Mexico City
- Walnut trees
- Nuevo Laredo
Do this early in your trip, because the waiting time for an appointment is very long. In many cases of B2 visa application in Mexico, it takes about a year or more. When they finally give you space, you will have to print a receipt for the appointment.
- Go to your appointment:
After the specified time, when it’s time to go to your appointment, don’t forget to bring these important documents:
- A valid passport
- Confirmation of the printed DS-160 form
- Proof of your visa payment
- Photo (You can download this photo from the DS-160 or you can print it out)
- The printed receipt for your appointment
Your interview will be in Spanish and they will confirm or ask about the information you put on the DS-160. At the end of that, they will tell you whether or not they will approve your visa. If they agree to this you will receive an email with the details they will be sent to you by parcel which can take up to a month. If you have any other questions, you can answer this one Form Therefore, contact the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit.
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