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B-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions

17.

My passport will expire soon. Do I need to get a new passport or visa?

While visa regulations state that a passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay, the U.S. government may consider your passport to be valid until you depart the U.S.

Note: If you are traveling visa free and your passport is valid for less than 90 days, you will be admitted only until the date the passport expires.

18.

My group has a collective passport. Can the authorities issue one visa for the entire group?

As all nonimmigrant visa applicants receive individual visas, it is no longer possible to issue visas to a group of people traveling on a collective passport.

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19.

I have a B2 tourist visa. Do I also need a return ticket?

If you hold a B2 tourist visa, you are not required to hold a return ticket; you may enter the U.S. on a one way ticket. However, if you do not have a round trip ticket you may have more difficulty in proving the temporary nature of your stay.

20.

What should I do after I receive B-2 visa?

Check the accuracy of all the data on your B-2 visa, including name, date of birth, passport number, gender, and photo. Inform the Consular Section personnel of any errors.

21.

Is the CBP, US Customs and Border Protection the authorized body to extend approval at the Port of Entry?

Yes, the CBP, US Customs and Border Protection is the sole authority to permit or deny admission to a foreign national at the Port of Entry.

Note: In addition, the period for which the foreign national is authorized to remain in the U.S. is determined by the CBP, and not by the Department of State Consular Officer.

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