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B-1/B-2 Business or Visitor Visa

B-1/B-2 visas holders are eligible to temporarily enter the U.S. for the purpose of business, tourism, pleasure or visiting. The purpose of your trip will determine the category of visa you are issued as well as the duration of your stay.

To be eligible for a B-1 Business, the purpose of your trip is to: To be eligible for a B-2 Tourism and Visit, the purpose of your trip is:
Consult with business associates Tourism
Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention, conference or workshop Vacation
Engage in independent research that will not benefit UMCP Visit with friends or relatives
  Medical treatment
  Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
  Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree and is less than 18 hours per week.

Length of Stay in the U.S.

B-1/B-2 visitors are generally admitted for six months or less, but may not exceed one year. The period of stay is determined by the U.S port of entry official at the airport.

Visa Waiver Program

Travelers coming to the United States for tourism or business (B-1 or B-2 category visa) purposes for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to travel without a visa if they meet the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requirements. Currently, 38 countries participate in the VWP. For a list of participating countries and additional information on VWP requirements, see

Can a Tourist or WT visitors enroll in a degree program?

All visitors in B-2 or WT status who entered the U.S. are restricted from enrolling in a degree program. Such enrollment will constitute a violation of status and could risk eligibility for future benefits or statuses. It is also extremely difficult for visitors in B status to change to F-1 status while in the U.S. If you or a relative is considering the possibility of applying for a degree program in the U.S., please contact a VIS Adviser for information on the best course of action to be taken.

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