B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa


The B-1 visa is available to foreign nationals seeking temporary entry to the United States to conduct primarily business-related activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to: consulting, attending specific conventions or conferences, settling estates, negotiating contracts, participating in short-term training, and certain transit. The B-1 visa does not permit holders to perform “productive work” or fulfil local employment within the United States, whether it is paid or unpaid.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Purpose of the trip is for business of a legitimate nature
  • Will only remain for a specific and limited period of time
  • Has sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the trip
  • Has a residence in a country outside the United States and has no intention of abandoning it
  • Has other binding ties to the foreign country of residence
  • Otherwise admissible to the United States

Length of Stay

Immigration officers may grant an initial stay between 1 and 6 months. Officers base their decision on the purpose of the visit, the visa holder’s U.S. travel history, and other factors. The visa holder can later apply for an extension up to 1 year, which is the maximum permitted for B-1 visa holders per trip.

What We Do

  • Provide guidance on the scope of activities permissible under the B-1 Visa
  • Provide assistance in the B-1 Application and evidence required
  • Review applications to identify potential concerns that may affect the outcome of the application
  • Provide assistance for B-1 Visa holders in the United States who wish to extend their stay or apply for a Change of Status

Additional Details

Dependent visas are not available for B-1 applicants. Accompanying or following dependents are required to apply for a B-2 visa or a B-1 visa if a dependent will also engage in business-related activities.

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