Can I use B1/B2 visa to travel to the US without a business purpose?

  • I got a B1/B2 visa earlier this year when I traveled to the US for a business trip from my company.
    It expires in 2013 and I'd love to visit the United States again, but for no other purpose than traveling.

    I wonder:

    • If I can legally travel to US with B1/B2 visa without a real business need (assuming I'm honest);
    • If I have to work at my current company to be able to use it.

    I live in Russia.

  • Yes you can, my wife recently applied for a tourist visa so she selected the B2 category, but when she eventually got the visa, it was a B1/B2 visa. The way its worded, it seems you can only use B2 for personal travel, but thats not the case.

    Almost everyone gets B1/B2 visas even if they applied for only one purpose. It's quite rare to have a only B1 or only B2 visa.

    But it *is* the case. A B-2 visa is not valid for business travel. Someone who has applied for a B-2 visa can only use the resulting visa for business travel if, like your wife, the traveler was granted a dual-purpose B-1/B-2 visa. Similarly, someone with a B-1 (not dual B-1/B-2) visa, who can engage in tourism incidental to a business trip, cannot enter the US without a business purpose.

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