U.S. immigration laws enacted by Congress provide authority over immigrationmatters. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) in Title 8 of the United StatesCode, provides the foundation for immigration law, along with itsamendments. Additionally, more recent immigration laws have an impact on visaprocessing, including, as examples, the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and the
nhancedBorder Security and Visa Reform Act of 2002.
The "visitor" visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the UnitedStates temporarily for business (B-1),for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2), or combination of both (B-1/B-2) purposes.
A visa allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad, to travel to the United Statesport-of entry and request permission to enter the U.S.Applicants should be awarethat a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The
epartment of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials haveauthority to permit or deny admission to the United States.
Since 2001, there have been significant changes on the US Visa Regulations andprocedures.
The United States Visa