B-2 Visa Law and Legal Definition

B-2 Visa is granted to a foreign citizen seeking to enter the US for tourism purposes. B-2 Tourist Visas are "visitor visas" and are required for citizens of countries that are not included in the Visa Waiver Program. However, even citizens of countries included in the Visa Waiver Program are required to obtain a B-2 Visa if they plan to stay in the United States for longer than 90 days, change status to another nonimmigrant Visa, or adjust status to permanent resident after entering the country.

B-2 Visas are also issued to individuals who are coming to the United States to undergo medical treatment. Persons admitted to the United States on a B-2 Tourist Visa are usually issued a 6-month stay. They are normally eligible to change status to permanent resident after entering the country, provided they possess the required qualifications. B-2 Visa holders are not allowed to work or receive any kind of payment while staying in the United States.