Under the Visa Waiver Program Australians and nationals of 26 other countries, including the UK and New Zealand, can travel to the U.S. for tourism or business stays of less than 90 days without obtaining a visa if certain requirements are met.
If you do not meet the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program, you may be eligible for a visitor visa which is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1) and for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2). As examples, if the purpose of your planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, and activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature, then a visitor visa (B-2) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel. As additional examples, if the purpose for your planned travel is to consult with business associates, travel for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or conference on specific dates, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract, then a business (B-1) visitor visa would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel.
A temporary visitor for business or pleasure must establish that he or she:
How to Apply
Step-by-step instructions are available at the following: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant-visas.html
Additional Documentation Needed - When Seeking to Travel for Medical Treatment
Persons desiring to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment should be prepared to present the following, in addition to any other documentation the consular officer may require:
If a visa applicant has specific questions about qualifications for a visa, contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where he/she will apply for the visa.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a business related (B-1) visitor visa?
A: Generally, the travel appropriate for a business (B-1) visitor visa includes travel to:
Q: What is a visitor related (B-2) visa?
A: Generally, the travel appropriate for a visitor (B-2) visitor visa includes travel for:
Q: Where can I get assistance in sourcing U.S. products and services to import into Australia?
A: The U.S. Commercial Service, with offices in our Sydney and Melbourne Consulates General, helps Australian companies do business in the USA by finding that particular U.S. company, product or service. Whether you simply require contact details for known U.S. companies, or plan to travel to the USA to source new U.S. products or services, we can assist. Contact us via our website at: http://www.buyusa.gov/australia/en/usbusiness.html