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B-1 Business Visitor Visa

A basic overview of the visa is provided here. If you have further inquiries as to the application process or whether or not this is the correct route for your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us.


The B-1 Business Visitor visa is available to visitors for short-term entry (typically six months) into the United States in order to engage in commercial or professional business activities. The may include actions including, but not limited to, negotiating a contract, securing funding for office space, researching options for opening a business in the U.S. or consulting with business partners or attorneys.

Visitors under the B-1 visa may not receive any salary or compensation from U.S. sources except for the reimbursement of incidental travel expenses.


In order to be eligible for the B-1 visa, a foreign national must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The visit must be temporary.
  • The foreign national must have a permanent residence in his or her home country with no intention of abandonment.
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate ties to the home country through evidence such as property, family and a permanent job.
  • The individual must not be coming to the U.S. in order to provide services or engage in business activities primarily for the benefit of a U.S. employer.
  • The purpose of the visit must be for the performance of a legitimate business activity.
  • The visitor may not be paid a salary or compensation from a U.S. source except for reimbursement of incidental travel expenses.
  • The foreign national must possess sufficient financial resources for funding the visit including all travel, accommodation and living expenses during his or her stay. If the applicant does not have sufficient financial resources, evidence must be provided that the visitor's employer will provide such support.


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