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Top 5 US Tourist Visa Requirements for Indians in 2024

 A US Tourist or Visitor Visa, is a non-immigrant visa. It is given for two purposes, a Business Visa (B1 visa) and a Visit Visa (B2 visa). Depending upon your travel type, you may choose a visa that fits your purpose of visit. 

The US immigration authorities must also be clearly informed that you intend to return to your homeland before your US visit visa expires. Read along to know about the 5 important factors to consider when applying for a US Tourist Visa from India.

Top 5 US Tourist Visa Requirements for Indians in 2024


 You need to have a genuine reason to visit the USA that is business-related, or for other reasons like medical treatment or recreation and tourism. You are also required to have sufficient funds that covers your visit tickets (back and forth) and also support your staying expenses in the US.

Apart from these, there are other essential US Tourist Visa requirements for Indians that we will look into in more detail below.

Top 5 US Tourist Visa Requirements for Indians in 2024


1. Choose a Visa for your Purpose of Travel

First and foremost before travelling to the USA, you have to choose the visa before applying for it

Is it a B1 Visa or B2 Visa?

A B1 Visa is required for:

  • For business purposes ( to meet or consult business partners)
  • Attend a educational conference, seminars or meetings
  • Buying or selling of an property
  • Negotiate a contract and deals  

A B2 visa is required for:

  • Tourism
  • For medical purpose
  • To attend social events
  • For sports, musical and cultural events
  • To register in a short-term course or program

2. Know the limitations of the visa

You should keep in mind what you cannot do on a visitor visa to the US like: 

  • Studying or applying for a Permanent Residence (PR) in the USA
  • Job in foreign media (radio, TV, journalism and others)
  • Paid live performances (In front of live paying audience)
  • Illegal entry through flight or ship as a crew member

3. Gather the Documents Required

These are the  documents required to get a US visitor visa are:

  • A valid passport
  • You must fill the DS-160 form (the online non-immigrant electronic visa application form)
  • You need to specify the type of visa (B-1, B-2, etc.) in the DS-160 form
  • Documents of business or visit
  • Photograph
  • Invitation letter from the host in the US (If any)

4. Understand how to Apply for a US Tourist Visa

The US Tourist Visa application procedure follows a similar and straightforward process like any other type of US visa:

Step 1: Submit the US visitor visa Form DS-160

Step 2: Pay the visa fees

Step 3: Schedule the tourist visa interview at the US embassy or consulate

Step 4: Complete the B-2 visa document file

Step 5: Attend the visa interview

5. Schedule an Interview

Please carry your DS Form 160 confirmation that is stamped by VAC, your passports (Current and old), documents of your previous visits to the US (if any), and all supporting documents that will prove the claims you made in your visa application.

The interview will ask you questions about your purpose of visit, your intentions to leave after your visit and also may ask you about your relationship with the friend or family member whom you may have come to visit (in such cases you may need evidence to support your relationship with them).

You will also be asked for your travel itinerary and questions related to your travel and stay arrangements in the US.

All visa applicants have to go through Visa interviews, except children as shown in the table below.



13 and below

Not Required

14 – 79


80 and above

Not required


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How long is a US visitor visa valid for? 

The validity of the US visitor visa (both B-1 (business visa) and B-2 (visit visa) is 6 months. 

How many times can I visit the U.S. on a visitor visa?

The US Tourist Visa, also known as B1/B2 visa is a non-immigrant US Visa that allows single, double or multiple entries to the US. You can get entry to the US and stay in the country for a maximum period of 6 months on each trip.

What is the Processing Time to Get a US Tourist Visa?

The processing time mostly ranges between 3 to 5 weeks for B-1 and B-2 visa types.

The non-immigration visas of the US may take a few weeks or, in worst-case scenarios, months. This may differ according to the workload on the US embassy or consulate or vary according to the country from where the applicant is originally from. 

What is the Cost of a US Visitor Visa?

Costs associated with Non-Petition Based Nonimmigrant US Visas and Petition Based Nonimmigrant US Visas are as follows.

Non-Petition Based Nonimmigrant US Visas 


Visitor Visa - Business, Tourism, Medical Treatment



Transiting the United States



Crewmembers - Airline, Ship



Student Visa, Academic Visa



Media & Journalists



Exchange Visitors

No Visa Fee


Student Visa, Vocational Visa



NAFTA Professionals



Witness or Informant



Victim of Trafficking in Persons



Victim of Criminal Activity



Petition Based Visa Categories


Temporary Workers / Employment or Trainees



Intracompany Transferees



Persons with Extraordinary Ability



Athletes, Artists & Entertainers



International Cultural Exchange



Religious Worker



Note: Costs may vary according to new immigration laws

Other Important FAQs

How can I prove my financial stability to the US consulate?

  • You can prove this by giving the embassy or consulate official, your bank statements, and other financial reports.
  • These statements should suggest that the applicant is financially capable of maintaining himself/herself on their US trip.
  • You need to prove your financial status because the US does not want anyone to become an additional burden on its economy.
  • Hence in order to avoid such circumstances, the country takes measures to stop people from coming to the US, who cannot support themselves or their family (if they bring anyone with them).

Can I work in the USA with a travel visa?

No, you cannot work in the USA with a tourist visa.

  • If you get a job offer while you are in the US, your employer has to file a petition for you to get a work visa.
  • With this petition, you need to apply for a work visa in your homeland.

Can I apply for a green card while on a tourist visa?

Getting a green card normally takes a certain number of months or, in most cases, some years. So, even if you apply for a green card while you are on a tourist visa, you may not get one before your current visa expires.

Do Indians have a visa on arrival facility in the US?

No. But Indian nationals with a passport staying in Canada with a valid visa or in the Schengen member states can obtain a visa on arrival to stay in the US for a maximum of 30 days.

What is the Visa Waiver Program VWP?

The visa waiver program was introduced by the United States to allow the citizens of some countries to visit the US for purposes like business, tourism, and transit

The following are the countries that are given VWP to enter the US:


Scandanavian Countries


South America

Australia & New Zealand










South Korea


New Zealand
























United Kingdom

San Marino




The Netherlands





Czech Republic




What is an Alien Registration Card?

The Green card is otherwise called an alien registration card.


Do I need to go through customs & border protection before getting an entry into the USA?

Yes, any country’s citizens who seek entry into the USA has to go through the inspection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

There are three types of inspections on applicants called customs, immigration, and agriculture components.

Can I be denied a US tourist visa based on health grounds?

Yes, if the authorities at the embassy or consulate think that you may spread an epidemic or if they think that your health condition may become a problem to the US healthcare system, they may deny you a tourist visa on health grounds.


As an applicant you have to remember these important points before applying for a US Visa:

  • Select the correct visa for your purpose of travel (B1 or B2 visa)
  • Things you should never do on Visit Visa (don’t apply for PR on visit Visa)
  • Understand the application process
  • Gather your documents correctly before scheduling an interview appointment.
  • Pay the correct visa application fee.

You should be very careful when you are applying for a US Visa. At Kansas, our team of experts will help you to get through the US Visa Application without any hindrance.

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