Do I need a visa to visit the US?
If you are visiting the US for longer than three months, or for more than six months in a year, you should obtain a visitor visa a.k.a., a B1/B2 visa or simply B visa. Common reasons to travel on a B visa are:
- Medical tourism
- Tourism of longer than three months, e.g., motorcycle tours
- Working as crew on a yacht/superyacht docked in US waters
- Working in the US for a UK employer who needs you to visit to gather data only obtainable in the US for over three months at a time
- Having even a minor criminal record, drink driving or controlled substance offence, which makes visa-free travel impossible
Consultation with an immigration lawyer is strongly recommended to
- strategize as to whether a visitor visa is the right path; and
- review one’s online visa application (Form DS-160) to make sure that it reflects the strategy.
Warning: A refusal at the US Embassy in London or Consul General in Belfast will result in an inability to use the visa-free travel program for the rest of your life, under current laws and regulations.
Contact Melissa Chavin – US Visa Lawyer
To discuss your specific circumstances and requirements, contact London based US lawyer Melissa Chavin to schedule a paid consultation. Consultations may be conducted by phone, in person in London, or by video conference and cost GB£510. Ms. Chavin is licensed to practice US law, and can help you resolve your concerns.