Is a visitors visa (B2) really necessary for a week long vacation?

Hi, I’m hoping to get some clarity on this issue. My boyfriends country is not part of the visa waiver program, so it looks like he needs a visitor visa to come here. Is this actually necessary for a simple weeks long vacation (if he can prove his flight back, as well as ties to his own country)?

The US embassy in his country only just started taking appointments for such visa’s and there is a huge backlog. Luckily we aren’t purchasing tickets or anything until we have this sorted. Though his estimated wait time for an appointment is currently over a year.

Worst case I’ll continue to go there for now, or we’ll find somewhere else to meet. It just seems so much work to just be here for 7 days.

Thank you!

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