Visas or Visa Waivers are required for foreign nationals visiting the United States for tourism, transit, business, work, academic, investment, marriage, medical or other purposes. For many countries it is now possible to participate electronically in the Visa Waiver Program, tourists and business travellers can apply for a so-called ESTA(Elecronic System for Travel Authorisation) – but citizens of some countries still have to apply for a traditional visa. There are many differences between a B1 B2 visa and an ESTA. Especially the way of applying for a B1 B2 visa differs considerably, since the ESTA was introduced with the aim of simplifying visa applications, it is reasonable to assume that applying for a B1 B2 visa is considerably more complicated and time-consuming. However, applying for a B1 B2 visa can also be interesting for citizens of VWP (Visa Waiver Program) countries. For example, if no electronic passport is available or the specifications of the ESTA (maximum length of stay etc.) are not sufficient, a B1 B2 visa can make sense. Unlike the ESTA, the B1 and B2 visas cannot be applied for completely online. An application must be completed and submitted for approval, followed by a visit to a U.S. mission and an interview. In addition, processing fees may apply in some cases, and the period of validity may also vary.
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