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Old 09-29-2011
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Default How long does it take to process a B1/B2 visa application?

If I'm not mistaken, its the B1/B2 tourist visa that's need for Step 2 CS. I wanted to know how much time does it take to attain this visa? Any input is highly appreciated as it will help me decide when I'll schedule my exams and whether or not I can apply for residency in 2015 or 16. And can I also do externships/obtain USCE while on this visa?

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Hi. It's relatively fast for me. Just fill up the online application, pay the visa fee and schedule your interview at the embassy. You can do it in a week. Make sure you bring supporting documents: affidavit of support, personal bank account and in my case, the consul asked for my scheduling permit for step 2 CS. Right there and then, he approved my visa and it took about a week before my passport was delivered back to me along with the US visa.

I was only approved for a restricted, single entry visa though. But it is what just I need for me to go to US to take the step 2 CS. My friend is luckier (though she has a very good travel history-already travelled to London and Japan and she was given a 10-year multiple entry B1/B2 visa. I think that what you should aim for so you woudn't have any problems going back for your interviews in the future. Just avoid being denied. Some people say that it will be more difficult to re-apply for a US visa if you have been denied before.

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