Visa and its types
||Tourist visa (pleasure travel visas)
||Immigration and naturalization visas (including by marriage)
||Student visas (for studying abroad)
||Business or work visas (for working, which includes both non-immigrant and immigrant types)
What is difference between Tourist Visa and Business Visa?
In general, ‘tourist’ visas are issued specifically for the purpose of travel for pleasure, while a ‘business’ visa generally permits a traveler to engage in normal business-related activities. You need a supporting letter to apply for business visa. Click here to read about Citizenship Programs.
Government authorities issue business visas to travelers who intend to conduct business activities and meetings that do not constitute labor or gainful employment in a specific country. Common activities performed on a business visa: Attend meetings. Click here to read about Work Visa.
A tourist visa is issued for the purpose of visiting a country for leisure or sightseeing activities. They allow the visa holder to stay in the country for a limited period. Business visas on the other hand are issued to help travelers engage in business related activities.
Business /Tourist Visa Duration:
A B visa is one of a category of non-immigrant visas issued by the United States government to foreign citizens seeking entry for a temporary period. The two types of B visa are the B-1 visa, issued to those seeking entry for business purposes, and the B-2 visa, issued to those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes. In practice, the two visa categories are usually combined together and issued as a “B-1/B-2 visa” valid for a temporary visit for either business or pleasure, or a combination of the two. Citizens of certain countries do not usually need to obtain a visa for these purposes.
Cost of Business /Tourist Visa:
The Business Visa Cost depends upon the country where you are going to apply because every country has different fee for business visa. Moreover, it is a non-immigrant visa. The application fee is non-refundable and must be paid before the Interview.
Can business/Tourist visa used for tourism?
The B-2 visa is for travel that is recreational in nature, including tourism, visits with friends or relatives, medical treatment and activities of a fraternal, social or service nature. Often, the B-1 and B-2 visas are combined and issued as one visa: the B-1/B-2.
Business / Tourist Visa Requirements:
Business visa requirements are the different for different countries but most common requirements are as follow;
- On line business form of the applying country
- White background 5cm x 5cm biometric latest photo
- You should submit all previous passports.
- A copy of all stamped or containing visas pages of your passport is required.
- Copy of Signature circulars to verify the authority to sign the documents; Copy of the company registration in chamber of commerce and copy of the bulletin of the trade register.
- Bank Statement at least 3 to 6 months
- Tax number and tax returns
- Cover letter mentioned plan of stay
- Hotel reservation
- Return ticket reservation
How to apply for Business /Tourist Visa
- Submit the Form online
- Pay the visa fees
- Schedule the visa interview at the embassy or consulate
- Submit the required documents
- Attend the visa interview
Business /Tourist Visa Processing Time
If you are found eligible to receive a visa on the day of the interview you should allow approximately 10-15 working days for your application to be processed. Your documents will be returned to you in a large envelope. Otherwise it takes 4 weeks to process your application.
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