The B-1 visa, also known as a business visit visa, is issued to individuals coming to the United States for short-term business travel.
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A B-1 visa, also known as a business visit visa, is issued to individuals coming to the United States for short-term business travel. The B-1 visa is a non-immigrant (temporary) visa that entitles the holder to stay in the United States for 6 months on a single entry. You can get a B-1 visa valid for up to 10 years.

 

Rights Provided

  • The B-1 visa holder can stay in the United States for 6 months, which can be extended up to 1 year.
  • The B-1 visa holder may engage in the following activities in the United States:
    • Meeting with business partners
    • Attending a scientific, educational, professional or vocational congress or conference between certain dates
    • Participate in contract negotiations
    • Participate in short-term training

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Application Requirements

  • The B-1 visa holder must be traveling to the United States for business purposes (e.g. meeting with business partners, attending a congress or conference, etc.).
  • The B-1 visa holder must be planning to stay in the United States temporarily.
  • The B-1 visa holder must have sufficient financial means to cover the costs of the trip to America.
  • The B-1 visa holder does not intend to settle permanently in the United States and must have ties (family, work, etc.) that will allow him/her to return to his/her country of residence.

Family Members

The spouse and children of the visa applicant cannot obtain a visa on a B-1 visa. Persons wishing to accompany a B-1 visa holder must also apply for a B-2 tourist visa.

 

Frequently asked questions

No, the B-1 visa only allows you to travel to the US for business visits; it does not give you the right to work in the US. However, there is an exception: you can apply for a B-1 visa to work in your employer's home or as an assistant. In addition, your employer must be a U.S. citizen who is temporarily in the U.S. on business or an alien in the U.S. on one of the B, E, F, I, J, M, H, L, O, P, or Q visas.

  1. You fill out the DS-160 form online, upload your photo of the required size and pay the fee. After completing the form, do not forget to print the confirmation page and take it to the interview.
  2. Once you have completed the form, you can book an interview appointment online.
  3. The interview takes place at your nearest US Consulate.

Valid passport, passport with the most recent visa for the USA, DS-160 form confirmation page, receipt of payment of the visa application fee, 5x5cm photo taken within the last 6 months. These are the documents you should definitely bring. Some additional documents may also be requested: proof that you can financially afford your trip, documents showing the purpose of your trip, etc.

The DS-160 form you will fill out costs $160. There is no other fee.

At least 45 days before the end of your stay, you can apply for an extension by submitting Form I-539.

Yes, both visas are usually issued together and can be processed in your passport as B-1/B-2.

Yes, you can apply. You can apply for a Green Card from within the US through Adjusment of Status. Of course, you must first be eligible for a Green Card, for example, you may have been offered a job in the US or married to a US citizen/Green Card holder. Applying for a Green Card within 90 days of entering the US on a temporary visa may jeopardize your application due to the 90-day rule. Therefore, we recommend that you do not apply for a Green Card within 90 days of entering the United States. For more information on the 90-day rule, visit our guide.

No, you cannot. You need an F-1 visa to be a student at an educational institution in the US.

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