B1 Visitor Visa for Parents, B2 Business, Documents, Sponsorship

Document required for B1/B2 visitor visa. Sample Employment, Consulate and sponsorship letters. Multiple entry tourist visa for parents. Stay in USA for up-to 6 months in one stretch.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20


B1 Visitor Visa Sponsor Documents

If you are working on H1B or L1 visa in USA and want to invite your parents to USA for a temporary visit, you need these documents for their B1/B2 business/ visitor visa sponsorship:

#1 Passport copy

First page with your photo and last page with your address.

#2 I-797A approval copy

Example: if you are working in USA on H1B visa, you can send a copy of your most recent h1B approval i797A.

#3 Your i-94 copy

The most recent i94 is attached to your i797A approval form if extension applied recently. You can also download i94 from CBP website.

#4 W2 form

I recommend to send last 3 years W2 form copy. If you do not have any, just because you have recently come to USA, you do not need to send them.

#5 Stamped Visa copy

You should have a valid legal status in USA. Your most recent valid visa that you used to enter USA.

#6 Most recent 3 pay stubs

#7 US bank account verification letter

You can request your bank to provide account balance verification letter. They normally charge $10 for this service. This letter should have this information:

  1. Date account opened;
  2. Total amount deposited for the past year; and
  3. Current balance.

If you cannot obtain bank letter letter for any reason, then you can use last 12 months bank statement (your salary account). You can print it yourself by downloading it from your Bank account’s online system.

#7 Employment verification letter

Get an employment verification letter from your US employer.

If self-employed: then, use these documents:
  1. Copy of last income tax return filed; OR
  2. Report of commercial rating concern.
#8 Consulate Letter

Sample Consulate Letter available here.

#9 Invitation Letter

Sample Invitation letter available here.

#10 Sponsorship letter (Optional, but recommended)

Form I-134 – Affidavit for Support – Download this form and fill it up.

Step by step instructions along with Pre-filled USCIS I-134 is available here.

B1/ B2 visa DS-160 form – application for US embassy visa interview

Whether you have someone in USA to sponsor you or not, you need to fill this form.

Fill up DS-160 form for your parents/relatives or friends for applying B1/B2 Visitor visa. You can either fill it up online and ask your parent to print themselves or fill + print yourself and send it to them along with other documents that you are sending.

B1/B2 Documents for Visa Interview

All these documents are parent’s/ relative/ friend’s own documents

  1. Passport photocopy – Front, last page
  2. Address Proof – Any utility bill (landline Telephone Bill, water or electricity)
  3. Home ownership Papers (Optional, good to carry) – If they own any property, it is good to carry them with you to US consulate interview.
  4. PAN card (Optional, good to carry) 
  5. Photographs (Optional, good to have)  – Good to carry pictures with the person currently in USA as a proof of some relationship.
  6. Income Tax returns (Optional, good to carry)  – If applicant files income tax in India, you should carry originals at the time of interview.
  7. Original Birth Certificate (Optional, good to carry) 
  8. DS-160 form – Applicant can print it or you can send them by mail after printing it with all other sponsorship documents.

Collect all sponsorship documents and own B1 or B2 visa applicant papers and carry them to Visa interview.

The documents required at OFC location (for fingerprinting and Visa photo are mentioned here).

B1/B2 Visa Application Suggestions

There is no official supporting document list for applying B1/B2 visitor visa.

The above document list is extensive and is based on experiences of other users. Sponsorship documents help to prove the legitimacy of sponsor’s valid legal status in USA and ability to pay for visitor’s stay.

It is recommended to carry sponsor’s documents, if any, to US embassy visa interview as it MAY or MAY NOT be asked by Visa officer.

B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas are non-immigrant visas. It is a single visa for both business and Visitor /tourist purpose. B1 visa is for travel to US for a strictly business related project.

B2 is a tourist visa for travel to and within the US for a pretty broad range of tourist activities.

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  94 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Sanket
    Sanket 2 Mar, 20 at 9:58 am

    Hello Anil,

    I hold L1B Visa and want to invite my Mother and wife to USA to stay with me for 20 days. I am going to apply for their B2 Visa. I have confusion related to showing my stay address in the Sponsorship and Invitation letter as my stay in USA is at different places depending on my assignment. In this case which address shall i mention in the letter to consulate? Please help me with this.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 20 at 9:58 am

      You have to mention your current stay address or a more permanent address where you stay. If you just stay in hotels, just mention the current address.

  2. Maruthi
    Maruthi 10 Feb, 20 at 9:25 am

    Hello Anil, I am currently in USA on H1B visa, I am planning to apply visitor visa (B2) for my parents and Neice, my Neice is 3years old, she is currently staying with my parents. So I would like send invitation for my neice as well, my sister and brother-in-law doesn’t have any US visa, What will be B2 visa process for my neice? Can she attend visa interview along with my parents? Does my Neice needs to carry no objection certificate from her parents? What are all documents she has to carry for visa interview ?

  3. Vishal
    Vishal 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

    Hi Anil,

    My Mother & Brother had applied for a B2 Visa in Feb 2018 which got denied and we do not know the reason about that but they were given 214(b) form. Just to let you know my Mother is a Widow and my Brother was unmarried when he applied. This year i’m planning to apply again this year but only for my Mother so wanted to understand if there is anything significant changes that the consular looks for. One more thing, I’m sponsoring this Visa but my Mother does have Property as well as good account balance so can you help me with any suggestions here so that the Visa gets thru this time. Thank you.

  4. Shravan
    Shravan 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Anil,

    We applied for B2 visiting VISA for my sisters daughter(niece). It was a dropbox visa as she was a minor (below 14 years) but we received a 221G today requesting to appear for VISA interview at the Consulate. They asked that both parents are required to accompany the minor for the interview.
    My sister has visiting VISA issued for 10 years and is still valid.
    My brother-in-law got his Business Visa from his Office for a on-site visa for a month. He is in USA now, landed on Dec 6,2019.

    Since my brother-in-law is in USA, he will not be able to join my sister and niece for the interview.
    We’re not sure what to do in this case. Could you please suggest ?

  5. Jasti Darshitha
    Jasti Darshitha 13 Nov, 19 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Anil ,

    My parents have visa interview this week. please help me out ASAP.
    We applied Visitor Visa for my parents. My Husband is sponsoring my parents. My mother is house wife and father is also Pre-retired. They dont have 2-4 lakhs in bank account constantly to show, as they get that money from few Rents and they use it for everyday purpose use & my brother still studying in india. So is that ok if they keeps 6 months bank statements which they use regular ( will that be a problem for visa ). we are keeping few land papers ( copy ) for Visa .

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Nov, 19 at 12:06 am

      If you are sponsoring your parents, then there is no issue in showing bank statements.
      Visa officer may not even ask for any bank statement or anything.

  6. Jit
    Jit 11 Nov, 19 at 3:20 pm

    Hello Anil,

    Request your suggestion:
    Is it ok to book return tickets showing 5.5 month duration of stay for Parents visiting USA on valid B2 visitor visa(first time), or it will raise any concern with the officer at POE/CBP ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Nov, 19 at 3:20 pm

      Generally, it is fine to book tickets for less than 6 months.
      But, the best is to book it for 3 months.

      I have seen people book for 5.5 months and then travel with no issues.

  7. Nithin Kumar
    Nithin Kumar 3 Aug, 19 at 8:10 am

    Hello Anil,

    I was having B1/B2 visa issued to me on 29-sep-2009 valid till 24-sep-2019.
    I was also issued L1 visa on 25th-aug-2011 during this time,
    the visa officer cancelled without prejudice my B1 visa since I was given L1 visa and was made to retain only B2 visa valid till 24-sep-2019 as before.
    later my L1 visa expired on 18th Aug 2013.
    Now I want to apply for the B1/B2 visa for business travel starting from 23-sep-2019.
    Will I qualify for B1/B2 interview waiver?
    Please clarify.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Aug, 19 at 10:37 am

      As per my information, B1 and B2 is same visa. How do you know that only B1 was cancelled?

      As far as i know, if B1 was cancelled, B2 would have also been cancelled as they both are one and same visa.

      • Nithin Kumar
        Nithin Kumar 3 Aug, 19 at 10:58 am

        My B1/B2 was cancelled without prejudice and another B2 only visa was stamped and given on 25 Aug 2011. So i know I have B2 visa only now and not B1.

  8. Brindha
    Brindha 20 Jul, 19 at 2:29 am

    Hi Anil,

    I’m applying for my mother’s b2 visa renewal. She is eligible for dropbox. Should I send supporting documents like my bank details,invitation letter etc? Can you please list them if possible? Thanks

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 19 at 4:10 pm

      There is no need to send the supporting documents if your mother is eligible for dropbox. In-fact, they will not even ask for them at the dropbox location.

      • Brindha
        Brindha 21 Jul, 19 at 12:36 pm

        Great…Thanks so much,Anil. Appreciate your quick response ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Jul, 19 at 6:34 pm

          You are welcome.

  9. Hari
    Hari 3 Jul, 19 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am applying for a visitor visa for my parents and have a query. My H1 visa has expired in March and I have already applied for an extension, had received an RFE and response for that was filed by March end. If i apply for my parents visitor visa now, will their be any risk of their visa not getting approved since my visa is still pending.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 19 at 9:06 pm

      You can apply for your parent’s visitor visa while your H1B is pending.

  10. R Sola
    R Sola 19 Jun, 19 at 6:02 pm


    Hi Anil,

    I scheduled B2 Visitor visa for my Mother.Do i need to send original documents for stamping ?Specifically I 134 affidavit of support?

    Also what duration will be good in invitation letter and Consulate letter.My mother is planning to stay for at least 4 months?Is 4 months duration good?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Jun, 19 at 6:49 pm

      Affidavit of support is required in original.
      2-4 months is good enough.

      • R Sola
        R Sola 19 Jun, 19 at 6:49 pm

        Thanks Anil.

        My mother is house wife and father is also retired.My mother alone is coming to visit us.what I can show that she will return India for sure.She has bank accounts but no property on her name?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Jun, 19 at 7:00 pm

          I dont think there is anything required due to her age. You are fine without any proofs.

          • R Sola
            R Sola 20 Jun, 19 at 10:07 pm

            Do i need to send Orginal Birth certificate or copy of passport suffice to show relationship?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 20 Jun, 19 at 10:09 pm

              Send both.

  11. Inderjit Atwal
    Inderjit Atwal 26 May, 19 at 11:28 pm

    I am confused by list of sponsor documents. I moved to US last year and applying for parents now. My understanding is that there is no concept of sponsor for B1/b2.. parents will be evaluated by visa officer on their own merit.. so are you sure they would need my docs like employment verification letter/ i-94 etc ? It does not make any sense…. only in case i am paying for expenses, they may need some basic proofs like bank balance….. I am specially finding difficult to get employment letter as my employer does not have a clue of what this is .. Has anyone gone through recent experience where any of the above sponsoring document (specially employment letter) was ever asked or used.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 May, 19 at 11:51 pm

      A B1/B2 visitor visa either sponsors himself financially or someone finances their trip. If you plan to finance your relative’s visitor visa, then you should submit your sponsorship documents.

      The document list is given above is only suggestive and visa officer may not even ask to show a single document. It is advised to carry them though to show if they ask for any of them.

      • Inderjit Atwal
        Inderjit Atwal 27 May, 19 at 7:14 am

        Thanks.. this is really helpful. So basically if parents are financing. they won’t need many of sponsor documents. perhaps only some basic documentation to show that they indeed have a son/daughter living/working in US for them to visit

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 May, 19 at 3:41 pm

          Yes, that’s correct.

  12. Jacob
    Jacob 9 May, 19 at 3:25 am

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B extension is denied and I traveled back to India and working here. My company tried to apply again in HNSC[non cap] category ,but that also got denied. Now I am looking for options to travel back to USA. My wife is still in USA and she completed her MS in 2018 and now working on her initial OPT. So I am thinking about applying in F2 dependent visa
    I would like to know below details.
    1) will two denials in H1B have a impact on my F2. As I still have H1B years [ I worked in usa for only 3years], will they will feel me as potential immigrant and have higher rejection chance?
    2) I am currently working in India, do I have to resign the job by the time of interview or is it okay to be working and appear for interview .Because if the visa get rejected, I need the job, so I would like to put paper after the visa is approved
    3) My wife initial OPT[first 12months after course] is expiring by June 2019 and she has applied for extended STEM[another 24months work allowed in that] and it is pending, Do i have to wait for it to get approved or can I go ahead for the interview when it is in pending status. ( She is earning good salary and we have sufficient funds in bank)


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 7:20 am

      Please ask your question on forum as it is out of scope of this page.

      It will be deleted in one day from here.

  13. thirustm
    thirustm 28 Mar, 19 at 1:41 pm

    Howz the trend now in getting the extension? How long ahead we have to go for parents visa extension as they are already here. Like to know if getting 6 more month is still possible

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 3:51 pm

      The chances B1/B2 extension rejection are very high unless you have any legitimate reason. My suggestion is to not file for B1/B2 extension if they have already spent 6 months in US.

  14. neeshasid
    neeshasid 20 Mar, 19 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Amit,

    Please provide your inputs on below queries I have in applying my parents B2 visa.
    Although they are self sponsoring their visa, I will be sending them invitation letter, copy of my visa related documents, marriage certificate, and passport copy.

    1. Is it required to send them original / signed documents? Can I send them scanned copies of my documents with my signature on it so they can take printout to carry with them? Will I need to send them my original birth certificate and marriage certificate or printouts will do?
    2. If they are self sponsored , can I mention in the invitation letter that I will be taking care of their travel and stay expenses while they are in USA? In that case, do I have to send my bank statements, pay stubs, w2 documents etc. to them?
    3. If asked who is sponsoring their trip, can they answer they are self sponsoring their trip and add that they will stay with their daughter in USA?

    We are confused as I have already filled in their form ds160 that they would self sponsor their trip. But as they will be staying with me and I will be taking them around to visit places in USA, Im not sure how to specify this or not specify at all.

    I would really appreciate your help in answering above questions. Thank you very much for your efforts.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:15 pm

      Color scanned documents can be sent by email. It should be fine if they take color printouts.

      It is a good idea to send your financial documents if you are writing that you will take care of their expenses.

      Yes, they can self sponsor their trip if they can prove their financial status and sufficient balance in their bank account. They can say that they will staying with their daughter if asked by visa officer.

  15. Test
    Test 18 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

    Hi Anil
    OFC appointment is on this Wednesday only. Please provide your inputs

    I have created profile with my father’s name and added my mother in that profile and made B2 visa fee. After that I have taken visa interview appointment. In the appointment confirmation letter, it shows only My father’s name as applicant with number of applicants shows as 2. I do not find my Mother name and passport number

    On 2nd page (MRV Fee Receipt), it shows both names.

    Please let me know, if If this is expected or did I followed the wrong steps for the appointment schedule

    Thanks much

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

      This is fine. No need to worry if you have taken appointment for both using same online account.
      You must have added your mother’s profile in your father’s online account itself. Right?

      • Test
        Test 18 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

        Great. Thanks for the quick response, Anil

        • Test
          Test 21 Mar, 19 at 10:11 am

          Consular appointment is 1.5 Months from now. There are no slots before that. But if there are any cancellations from others/open for previous dates, how to know when that batch will run to check for the prior dates, if any.
          Is it once in a day (or) Once in a week (or) dynamic change

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:18 pm

            I do not know about it.

        • Test
          Test 7 May, 19 at 11:23 pm

          Hi Anil
          Today my parents B2 visa got approved. Thanks for all your responses and help. Very useful

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 8 May, 19 at 5:29 am

            Congratulations. Enjoy.

  16. Test
    Test 16 Mar, 19 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Anil
    I am trying to schedule the OFC and Interview schedule for my parents B2 Visa. OFC slots are available for next week but Interview schedule is not available until May3rd (1.5Months from now)

    Can we schedule the OFC slot for next week and Interview slot for May1st week with difference of 1.5Months

    Pls let me know

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 19 at 10:43 pm

      If the system allows you to book the appointment, then you can book it.

      • Test
        Test 18 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

        Yes. It’s allowed and booked the slots. Thanks Anil

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

          Great. All the best for interview.

          • Test
            Test 18 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

            Thanks Anil

  17. Apoorva Mittal
    Apoorva Mittal 15 Mar, 19 at 8:53 am

    Hi Anil, I am a Ph.D. scholar at a premier institute in India. I want to go to US for some research related work in a lab. I have invitation letter from that lab and permission letter from my institute. Can you please suggest what other documents can be needed while the interview for B1 visa? I am unmarried, what documents should I provide to prove my family ties and return to India.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:27 pm

      You can submit your current job’s payslips and leave or a letter from current employer/institute that you are going to US for research work.
      You can also show your property on your name.

  18. Test
    Test 13 Mar, 19 at 8:21 pm

    I got the Unique Beneficiary Account Number and IFSC code when I selected the option NEFT for Visitor Visa payment. I am trying to add this payee to my India Bank A/C but I see Savings/Checking option

    Can you let me know, I should select Checking or Savings option for the Visa Fee

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Mar, 19 at 8:27 am

      Select “Checking account”.
      Checking account is a terminology used by US banks for “current account” as is popularly known in India.

  19. Ammar Osman
    Ammar Osman 12 Mar, 19 at 11:28 pm


    I am filling the DS160 for my sister to come visit me. The purpose for her visit is to attend our younger sister’s university graduation. I will be financing her trip as my student sister is not employed I will provide my bank statements. I wanted to include my sister’s transcripts and proof of graduation but would it be better to keep it to only one person and just fill all the paper work with my name on the invitation letter and the bank statements and leave my sister’s school papers out?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 9:32 am

      It is better to write the reason for applying in the “invitation letter” to clearly explain your sister’s graduation ceremony.
      Your documents can be used for sponsorship.

      There should be a clear reason to visit USA. Remember that visa officer will always have suspicion due to your sister’s age. The onus is on you to prove that your sister will return to home country one the ‘purpose’ of visit is achieved.

  20. Test
    Test 11 Mar, 19 at 12:24 am

    I am filling the DS160 for my parents Visitor Visa. So I selected Yes for the “Did anyone assist you in filling out this application?”.

    Please clarify the below
    1) So In E-Signature section, Should I enter my Passport number or my Parents Passport number
    2) Can I Sign and Submit the application on belief of them


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 7:54 am

      E-Signature section is for which person? The applicant or the person who filled the application?

      • Test
        Test 11 Mar, 19 at 2:36 pm

        I have the same question too. Since the E-Sign section is right below the “Did anyone Assist you in filling out this application?” section, should I provide applicant Passport details (or) the Preparer passport details, which is my PP number

        FYI : I selected Yes for the “Did anyone Assist you in filling out this application?” and filled my details and address. So the questions is only on whose PP number to enter in E-Sign section

        Pls let me know

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 2:59 pm

          Please share the screen shot. I am not able to see the DS 160 form at this time.

          • Test
            Test 11 Mar, 19 at 3:26 pm

            PFA screenshots for Sign and Submit screen in DS160

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 4:45 pm

              Ya,.then it needs to be ‘preparer’ signature which is you in your case.

              • Test
                Test 11 Mar, 19 at 5:11 pm

                Ok. Thanks

                Since I will enter my PP number, Can I Sign and Submit the application on belief of them

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 6:44 pm

                  Yes, that’s what it looks like that you can do.

  21. Test
    Test 4 Mar, 19 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Anil
    My Father is into business. Can you let me know the required documents to carry for visitor Visa Processing

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Mar, 19 at 6:35 pm

      All the documents for visitor visa are mentioned above. Please go through them.

      • Test
        Test 4 Mar, 19 at 6:42 pm

        I see Income Tax returns document. Should they need to carry any other documents like. Form16, Business License copy, Bank Statement etc..?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 4 Mar, 19 at 6:52 pm

          It is recommended to carry as many documents as possible to prove their financial stability if you are not sponsoring them.

  22. Kumar
    Kumar 26 Feb, 19 at 7:59 pm

    Hello Anil

    I am planning to apply B2 Visa for my parents. My Dad first name in his passport is not same as in my Passport (Dad Name field)
    Some portion of his first name is mismatch. It’s not a single character mismatch but few letters are extra with diff pronunciation

    But in his all the other documents, his first name is matching with my passport (Dad Name field)

    Pls let me know, how to handle this

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 10:48 pm

      You can get your father’s name corrected in your passport by applying with CKGS and Indian embassy. They will issue a new passport with correct names.

      • Kumar
        Kumar 27 Feb, 19 at 1:25 am

        I think I can’t do his name change in my passport due to below

        1) His First name in my passport is matching with all of his other documents (identity like Adhar, and Bank A/C, Property, Shop license etc..)
        Only in his passport, his first name is differ from all the other documents
        2) Last name is also does not match with few characters in both of our passports, but I think that’s Ok

        Pls let me know, if any other ways to handle this without changing his first name in my passport

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 9:32 am

          I am not aware of any other way.

          If you want, you can apply for B1/B2 visa as it is and US embassy may just clear it without any issues.

          • Kumar
            Kumar 27 Feb, 19 at 11:49 am

            Sure. In DS160 form, there is a field called “Other Names used”. Should I say Yes and enter the other name as per my passport. ? Is that a good idea and what does “Other Names used” mean?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 12:08 pm

              Has your father really used the “other name” as mentioned in your passport or is it just a spelling mistake?

              “other names” used means the names like someone had a different name before marriage and changed the surname after marriage.
              Also, some people intentionally change their name.

              Those are the cases which should be mentioned in “other names” and not the spelling mistakes.

              • Kumar
                Kumar 27 Feb, 19 at 7:32 pm

                His first name in his passport is XXXXX
                His first name in my passport and all of his other documents, is XXX

                Some people call him as Name1 and others call him as Name2 mentioned above.

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 9:18 pm

                  You can write the other name as mentioned in your passport then. Use your best judgement.

                  • Kumar
                    Kumar 28 Feb, 19 at 11:15 am

                    Yes. I was thinking the same, Anil. Thanks for your suggestion.
                    Would there by any issues if I mention other names used and providing the name as per my passport?

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 11:36 am

                      It is better to provide the name as per your father’s passport. Do not create an un-necessary conflict.

  23. lakshmi
    lakshmi 17 Feb, 19 at 12:50 am

    Hello Anil,

    First of all,thank you for your this website and your prompt responses.
    I am planning to invite my parents to US.
    My MOM got her VISA 10 yrs back.I have to renew it now.
    My Dad’s Visa got rejected twice.I have to apply for him.I am hoping at least this time it should work.

    Regarding this I have questions:

    Can I schedule same appointment time for their corresponding issue?

    Should I schedule it separately for each of them.

    Please guide me with the process.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Feb, 19 at 11:23 am

      You can schedule same appointment for both of them. I do not see any issue.

      Do you know the reason for B1/B2 denial reason for your father? Have you fixed the denial reason? If not, then the chances are very high that his visitor might get rejected again.

  24. SJ
    SJ 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

    My parents have got their visitor visa in 2009 and is expiring in March 2019.

    1. Can they apply for visa renewal before March 2019?
    2. If answer for question 1 is NO, then do they have to renew visa only after its expiry?
    3. Whatever is answer for question 1 and 2, are they eligible for dropbox facility? Or they must appear for visa interview?

    I am not sure if they had done 10 finger printing in 2009. Not sure if it was 10 finger printing happening 10 years back.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 4:05 pm

      Your parents can apply for B1 visa renewal before March 2019. This is allowed. The start date would off-course be the new term i.e. after the current one expires.

      You can check if they are eligible for dropbox using this small app.

      They must have been ten printed as they visa in 2009.

      • SJ
        SJ 12 Feb, 19 at 6:29 pm

        I checked using the dropbox app. But it doesn’t have any option for B1 visa category.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 6:42 pm

          Did you go through all the questions?

          • SJ
            SJ 12 Feb, 19 at 7:47 pm


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 6:54 am

              What did it say at the end? Eligible or not eligible?

              • SJ
                SJ 13 Feb, 19 at 9:08 am

                Its just that I didn’t see specific option for VIsitor visa so thought of asking.

                One more question:
                As current visa is expiring in On March 25, 2019 –
                If they apply for renewal of visa and get it approved having validity date from March 26, 2019 for lets say next 10 years, then can they travel in first week of march 2019 and stay for 4-5 months and leave by august 2019?
                Meaning they will enter in USA based on their current visa and will depart from here based on their new visa.
                Can they do it?

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 11:04 am

                  Yes, they can do it.

  25. Anuja Bagde
    Anuja Bagde 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have a valid F1 visa (valid till 2020) and I am traveling to India this month end via British Airways. However, I changed my status to H4, will I require a transit visa for my 3.5 hours layover in London? Some say yes , other say no since I have a valid visa. Even if i apply for a transit visa I m not sure how much processing time will it take as my travel date is approaching soon (Feb 21).
    Do you have any idea about this? Please help.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Usually, if you have valid US visa while returning to US, they do allow you to travel through London Heathrow.
      It is better you check with Heathrow airport website to see if their is any special requirement.

  26. syed
    syed 12 Sep, 18 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Im planning to Invite to my parents & Brother on my school Graduation day & im on F1 status (student) so will you plz help me what documents should required for visa processing & On which visa type they need to apply.& if possible can you please send the checklist.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Sep, 18 at 8:40 pm

      They need to apply B2 visitor visa.

      If you are not sponsoring them, then, they can show their own bank balance and income tax return proofs to prove their capability to support themselves while they are in USA.

      The document checklist is give above in the article. Please go though it.

  27. omkar saran
    omkar saran 6 Aug, 18 at 10:45 pm

    hello sir, i am trying to apply visiter visa for my parents . my question is what if i send my last 1 year pay stub intead of lettter from employer. i work for fedex express as a courier and hr takes forever to mail out letter

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Aug, 18 at 7:57 am

      Hi Omkar, the list of documents mentioned above is not an official list. In-fact, there is no official list provided by US government.
      All of these documents have been mentioned based on past user’s experience on what can be asked by Visa officer in US embassy visa interview.

      So, we recommend to carry as many documents as possible to prove your case for B1/B2 visa. Visa officer may not even ask for a single document.
      So, don’t worry if you do not have one or two documents.
      In most cases, visa officer does not even ask for any documents.

  28. Suneel
    Suneel 6 Aug, 18 at 9:07 am

    Hello Anil, Iโ€™m planning to invite my brother and his family (total 4 members including 2 children under 7 years) to US for couple of months. Can you please clarify my queries below

    1. My brother is currently working in India. If I have to sponsor the whole family is there any recommended bank balance I should maintain in US?

    2. What if my brother sponsor himself and his family? Does he have to show any bank balance and assets? What is the procedure to apply? Which one out of the above two options is better?

    3. His company may sponsor B1 only for him. Will that effect the B2 (visitor) visa in anyway? Can he enter US with any visa and the other visa still be valid?

    4. Can he apply for driving license in US either using his B1 or B2 visa. If not, can he drive in US using international permit on his Indian license?

    Sorry for the long questionnaire. Appreciate your response on this. Thank you!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Aug, 18 at 10:14 am

      Hi Suneel,
      I have answered your questions here and created a thread here too
      since your questions are more than what B1,B2 visa is. If you want, you can either ask follow up questions here or on the above link. I reply at both places with same information ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Normally, there is no official guideline on exact amount of dollars. But, generally, it is good idea to consider 500 USD for each person you sponsor per month.
      In your case, this should be about 2000 USD per month.

      2. Your brother can sponsor himself. In-fact, anyone who wants to travel to US can sponsor themselves. The procedure to apply is same as mentioned above except that sponsor’s documents are NOT required.

      There is no method that can be pointed as better. It all depends on the person’s credibility, judged by Visa officer in US embassy interview.

      3. B1 and B2 is same visa. I mean the same visa will show that you can either enter on B1 or B2. If his company applies for his B1 visa, he is automatically eligible to enter US on B2 visa too. There is no separate visa issued for B2.
      When he enters US, the visa officer will stamp his status as either B1 or B2 based on what he says as his ‘purpose to enter US’.
      B1 = Official Business travel
      B2 = Leisure travel

      All US visas issued remain valid simultaneously. The status in US depends on what visa you use while entering at port of entry and what you say to Visa officer.
      As an example, You can have both H1B and B1/B2 visa stamped in your passport and can use anyone to enter US based on what you want to do while in US.

      4. B1/B2 is strictly a visitor visa. Driving license rules are governed by each state and each one has their own law.
      In 99% of the cases, you are not allowed to get driving license on visitor visa as the maximum stay on B1 is normally just 6 weeks to 12 weeks.
      On B2, they generally just give i94 for 180 days.

      And to get Driving License, you need US address proofs which a visitor will probably not have.

      An international driving license is recommended but it again depends on state specific law. Many states allow driving on international license (not strictly international though) for up-to 90 days to 180 days.
      But, it varies a lot. So, it is better to check with the state he is going to drive in to check specific rules.
      I have seen people driving on Delhi, India’s license too as rental car companies do not verify the license (if it is local Indian state or international license).

      REMEMBER: Your brother should be INSURED if he wants to drive your car.
      In case of rental company, he can buy insurance easily with any license ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Suneel
        Suneel 6 Aug, 18 at 10:51 am

        Thank you so much Anil. This is awesome!

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