The B-1 visa is for a temporary business visitor to conduct activities of a commercial or professional nature. For example, you can use it to consult with business associates, negotiate a contract, or attend a business conference in the United States. You can also meet with investors have business meetings, set up a company, or lease an office
How do I apply?
You can apply for a B-1 visitor visa at your local U.S. consular post. Please visit the Department of State website for the most up to date information on your local consular post to see if it is open and what the wait time is for a view interview. You can also retain an attorney to manage this process for you.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for a B-1 visa if you will be participating in business activities of a commercial or professional nature in the United States, such as:
- Consulting with business associates
- Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or a conference on specific dates
- Settling an estate
- Negotiating a contract
- Participating in short-term training
- Conducting research
In order to qualify you must demonstrate the following:
- The purpose of your trip is to enter the United States for business of a legitimate nature
- You plan to remain for a specific limited period of time
- You have sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the trip and your stay in the United States
- You have a residence outside the United States that you have no intention of abandoning, as well as other binding ties that will ensure your return abroad at the end of the visit
- You are otherwise admissible to the United States
What is the process?
You will need to complete the DS-160 application and schedule an interview with the consulate. Once you have attended your interview and have obtained your B-1 visa stamp, you can legally enter the U.S. as a B-1 business visitor. A B-1 visitor stay is usually granted for up to six months at a time.