The U.S. State Department has extended the validity of B-1, B-2 and B-1/B-2 visas to ten years for Saudi nationals.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 1, Saudi nationals traveling to the U.S. for business or tourism are eligible for B-1, B-2 and B-1/B-2 visas valid for ten years instead of five years.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh said, “Extending the term of the U.S. visa for Saudi nationals is one of the most tangible ways to deepen people-to-people ties and increase mutual understanding between our two countries.”
  • Individuals can view the State Department’s reciprocity schedule for Saudi Arabia here for more information regarding reciprocity fees, number of entries and validity periods for U.S. visas.

BAL Analysis: The change will facilitate business travel and reduce the inconvenience of having to apply for a visa more frequently. It may also ease processing workloads in the future by reducing the number of renewal applications.

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