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B-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


When does an American Consulate accept B-2 tourist visa applications?

The applications for nonimmigrant visas (including visas for tourism, business and study) are accepted on all working days.

Note: You need to take prior appointment.


Does a B-2 visa guarantee me entry into the U.S.?

The B-2 tourist visa does not guarantee you an entry to the U.S. An officer from the USCIS will interview you when you arrive in the U.S., and determine your eligibility to enter the U.S. If in the event the officer finds you ineligible, you may be denied entry into the U.S.

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I have a B visa in my old passport. Can I transfer it to my new passport?

It is not possible to transfer the visa from one passport to another, without making a new visa application. However, the B visa if the B visa is still valid you can present it together with your new passport when seeking entry into the US

Note: The Embassy no longer issues visas valid "indefinitely".


My passport containing a valid B visa has expired and I've obtained a new passport. Do I need a new visa now?

If the passport in which your visa has been endorsed has expired, the visa in the old passport can still be used, provided you carry a valid passport of the same nationality along with the expired passport.

Note: When canceling your old passport, if the passport authority has clipped the corners of the passport and in doing so, has damaged the visa in any way, that visa is no longer valid and cannot be used for travel to the U.S.

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