Visitors should apply for a B-2 tourist visa to come to the U.S. People from most countries apply for the B-2 visa at their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The procedures and documentation needed to apply for a B-2 visa vary between embassies/consulates. Please have your family and friends review the application details of the specific embassy/consulate for which they will be applying. For more information, please see the website "How to Apply for U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa" at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.
However, some countries are exempt from this visa requirement due to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). To learn more about VWP and to see if you qualify, please see http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html.
If your spouse and dependent children (under the age of 21) would like to visit you or join you for an extended amount of time, they are eligible to come to the U.S. as an F-2 or J-2 visa. Please talk to an OIS advisor if you would like your dependents to join you as an F-2 or J-2 visa holder.
Your visitors should make a visa appointment with their nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate and complete the visa application found at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.
Your visitors should present the following documentation:
We suggest that you provide the following documentation for your family and friends: