Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure

By December 28, 2016Immigration

This category includes any alien, other than one in the
student, temporary worker, or foreign information media
categories,having a residence in a foreign country, which he has
no intention of abandoning and who is visiting the
United States temporarily for business or temporarily
for pleasure.

There are three elements in the statutory formula: an
unabandoned residence in a foreign country, a temporary
visit, and a mission for business or pleasure.

A visitor who does not meet these standards will be classified as an immi
grant, and will have to meet the requirements prescribed for
immigrant status.2 Classification symbols for nonimmi
grants admitted under this section are: B-l, temporary
visitor for business; B-2 temporary visitor for pleasure.
Persons seeking to enter the United States improperly
often have sought and sometimes have achieved admittance
under the guise of visitors.

Therefore the consular and the
immigration officers are alert to determine whether the
purported visit is bona fide. Obviously, their determinations
involve discretion and judgment, based on the surrounding
circumstances.3 However, the administrative officials can
not deny temporary entry on the basis of speculations and
imputations, unsupported by substantial evidence.

Francisco Hernandez

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