Touring the USA can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, four months is enough time to get a good overview of the country. You can easily divide this trip into smaller portions and concentrate on seeing the best of what the USA has to offer.
Before you start planning your trip, you'll need to apply for a visa. The process for applying for a visa varies depending on the country you're from. Generally, you'll need to schedule an appointment for an interview with a consular officer at the US Embassy or Consulate in your home country. During the interview, you'll need to demonstrate that you meet all the requirements for a visitor visa.
You may also need to provide digital fingerprint scans and pay a visa issuance fee. After your visa is approved, you'll need to make arrangements for the return of your passport and visa. It's important to remember that if you don't leave the US on time, you will lose your status and any multiple-entry visa that has been canceled due to overstaying will no longer be valid for future entries into the US. If your plans change while you are in the US (for example, if you marry a US citizen or receive a job offer), you can apply for a change in your nonimmigrant status through USCIS.
If you are applying for a visa renewal or are eligible for an Interview Waiver (IW), you may be able to apply without being interviewed in person by a US consular officer. However, if you are applying for the first time or if you don't qualify for an IW, you will need to attend an interview. If you are traveling to the US for business purposes, you may need to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). To have your visa noted, you must obtain a letter from your employer explaining the need for a TWIC and that you are a potential TWIC applicant.
You must submit this letter when you apply for the B-1 visa. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda do not need visas to enter the US for visiting, tourism, and temporary business travel. However, citizens of other countries must obtain a visa before traveling to the US. If you are from one of the participating countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you may be eligible to visit the US without a visa.
Visits must last 90 days or less and travelers must meet all requirements. It's important to remember that attempting to obtain a visa by deliberately misrepresenting a material fact or through fraud may result in permanent denial of a visa or denial of entry into the US. Additionally, it's important to familiarize yourself with your rights in the US and any protection available to you.