B-1 and B-2 Classification
The B visa classification is used for visitors who will enter the U.S. for a short period of time, generally no longer than six months. B classification is appropriate where the proposed stay does not involve productive employment.
- The B-1 category is for visitors coming for short-term business, academic activities such as lectures and conferences or independent research, and certain foreign medical students participating in an unpaid elective at a U.S. medical school.
- The B-2 is for visitors coming for pleasure or medical treatment. The B-2 category may also be used by domestic partners who are accompanying a principal visa holder but who are not eligible for a dependent visa.
The B category is not appropriate for students. It is also not meant for scholars coming to Dartmouth to engage in collaborative research, or for anyone who will engage in productive employment at Dartmouth.
Applicants for B visas must apply to a U.S. consulate abroad and be prepared to present evidence of their planned U.S. activities, as well as ties to the home country and an intent to return.