The vast majority of nonimmigrant visa applications received at the U.S. Embassy in Manila are for tourism or business travel.
Generally, someone who wishes to visit the United States must first obtain a visa. The type of visa you will need and the requirements to apply for that visa depend largely on your purpose of travel to the United States.
The “visitor” visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1), for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).
Business Visitor Visas (B-1) are for business, including such things as a need to consult with business associates, negotiate a contract, buy goods or materials, settle an estate, appear in a court trial, and participate in business or professional conventions or conferences; or when an applicant will be traveling to the United States on behalf of a foreign employer for training or meetings. The individual may not receive payment (except for incidental expenses) from a United States source while on a B-1 visa.
Visitor Visas (B-2) are issued for general pleasure/tourist travel, such as touring, visits to friends and relatives, visits for rest or medical treatment, social or fraternal conventions and conferences, and amateur/unpaid participants in cultural or sports events.
A consular officer will determine the visa category you will need based on the purpose of your travel and your supporting documentation. In most instances, consuls will issue a combined B-1/B-2 visa, recognizing that most business travelers may also wish to travel for tourist purposes.
For more information about visitor visas, please visit our websites: http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwhniv7.html http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html