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Travelers who wish to visit the United States for pleasure may apply for a “tourist” visa. The visa symbol is "B-2". Failure to obtain a visa before traveling may result in being denied boarding by an airline.

The holder of a B-2 visa may undertake any one of the following activities:

• Tourism
• Visit friend/relatives
• Undergo medical treatment
• Participate in conventions, conferences or convocations of fraternal or social organizations
• Amateur participation in musicals, sports, or similar events

To obtain a B-2 visa, you must show that:

• You have strong ties to a residence in foreign country to which you do not intend to abandon
• Your trip to the United States will be for a definite temporary period and that you will return upon the conclusion of your visit
• You have sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the visit and return passage.

There is no specific list of documents which must be submitted to prove each of these points. As an example, however, to show residence in Vietnam, you must show that you have ties to this country. Proof of employment, family ties or other connections, or home ownership will often satisfy this requirement. Substantiating documents should be submitted with your application. Old passports containing previous visas are also useful.

Note: The length of the visa does not equate the length of stay. When you enter the United States, you will be inspected by an officer of the Customs and Border Patrol (CPB), a division of the Department of Homeland Security. The officer will determine the amount of time you will be permitted to remain in the U.S. Extensions of stay will be approved only for unexpected or compelling humanitarian reasons. The maximum extension period of stay for travelers entering with a B visa is 6 months. For more information about Department of Homeland Security procedures,

Application Procedures: Please see “How to Apply.”


Due to security regulations, some applications may require additional clearance and longer processing. Since the application process cannot be accelerated, please apply well in advance of your travel date, and do not purchase plane tickets until you have received your visa. Applicants should refrain from calling the consulate general to inquire about the status of their application. Visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.