US extends B-1 and B-2 visa validity for Colombians to 10 years
18 April 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.The US State Department announced on 15 April that they are increasing the validity of B-1 and B-2 visit visas for Colombians traveling on a temporary basis to the US from five years to ten years. Under these new rules, most Colombian applicants who qualify for a B-1 or B-2 non-immigrant visa will be issued a 120-month, multiple-entry visa.
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Around 577,000 Colombians visit the US annually, according to the Department of Homeland Security. B-1 and B-2 visa applicants will still be subject to the same standards of eligibility for a US visa as before the extension of the visa validity. In order to qualify for a B-1 and B-2 visa, applicants must demonstrate:
- Their planned stay in the U.S. is temporary; AND
- They have sufficient funds to cover all expenses; AND
- They have strong social and economic ties to their foreign residence and do not intend to abandon it.