Tourist visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for tourism, pleasure or visiting or a combination of both business and pleasure.
The purpose of Tourist Visa can be for :
- vacation (holiday)
- visit with friends or relatives
- medical treatment
- participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations
- participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
- enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation).
Visitors who wish to stay beyond the date indicated on their Form I-94 are required to have approval by USCIS.
Some nonimmigrant visa holders, while present in the U.S., are able to file a request which must be approved by USCIS to change to another nonimmigrant category