Florida Visa

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Florida Travel

There are millions international tourists that make Florida travel plans each year. Many of them do not understand the policies of travel within the United States, and as a result seek to obtain a specific Florida visa. There is not a specific visa for entry into Florida. Any tourist that has been granted access to the United States can freely travel between the states without any additional travel restrictions. This means that you must have a passport and at times a United States visa, but you are not required to have a Florida visa.

With that said, you do need to obtain a visa or visa waiver for your primary entry into the United States. Some visitors are required to have a tourism visa and others are not required to have one because they qualify under the United States Visa Waiver Program.

The tourism, pleasure, medical visa for travel into the United States is known as a visitor B-2 visa. This would be for any non-business, non-student, strictly pleasure/medical related travel. It would also be applicable if you plan to take very limited academic courses. For example if you take a three day course on cooking in New Orleans you can still stay under the Visitor B-2 visa. But if you took longer courses or courses for credits, then you would need a student visa.

This visitor B-2 visa is also applicable as long as you are not being paid in any way for your visit. If you are being paid, attending to business, or otherwise engage in business activities, then you need a visitor B-1 visa. All of this may sound technical and difficult. But it actually is very easy and any Florida travel advisor can assist you in determining the type of visa you need.

Certainly if you are planning to retire to Florida you need to follow a completely different path in order to obtain a visa. But if your Florida travel is to simply visit possible places to retire and you plan to return to your country of origin, then the visitor B-2 visa is satisfactory.

The Florida Visa Waiver program applies to all visas within the Untied States. Under this program, if you are from a participating country, you do not need a visa to travel to the United states, as long as your planned stay is for tourism or business, and is scheduled for ninety days or less. The list of participating countries can be obtained from your Florida travel advisor.

If you are not from a Visa Waiver Program qualified country then you need to obtain a visa. Qualifying for a visitor visa is not difficult. The key to getting one is that you need to prove that you are not immigrating to the United States, but simply going for a temporary time period. The reasoning behind this is that the United States is more concerned about people that never leave than they are about people that are planning to come, and then go again.

The way you prove that you do not plan on overstaying your visa is that you need to first prove that you have enough money for the duration of the trip. This way they know that you at least have a plan and do not have to obtain employment while here. Then you need to prove that you have true and significant economic, as well as social, connections and ‘ties” in your country of origin. You will also be asked to prove that you have a place to live (primary residence) in your country of origin. As you can see, the primary barrier to getting a visa for the United States is showing that you plan on going home after your brief visit.

You can apply for the Florida visa at any United States embassy or Consulate that is in your home country. It is at this consulate that the determination will be made if you will be allowed to obtain a visa. It is likely, if you are between the ages of 14-79 that you will be interviewed by the consulate prior to them allowing a visa approval. It can be weeks and even months before you are granted an interview, so you need to plan to apply for the visa far in advance of the actual trip.

Before your interview you may want to take the time to go to your United States Consulate’s website to see if they will be requiring additional documentation or information from you during the interview. Being prepared is important because you do not want to be denied only to have to wait several weeks or months for your next appointment.

Additional items they may request are different for every situation. It is best to plan to document the trip as much as possible and to seek out the advice of others that have sought out the same type of Florida Visa as you are looking to obtain. There are numerous resources on the internet that can serve this purpose.