B-1 Visa – Temporary Business Visitor

The business visitor visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business.  The foreign national must successfully establish that he or she is:

  1. Entering the U.S. to perform skilled or unskilled labor or as a representative of foreign employer and only receive compensation from the foreign employer and not a from a U.S. employer.
  1. Plans to remain for a specific and limited period; and
  1. Has a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.

Some examples of permissible activities include:

  • Entrepreneurs investigating investment opportunities in the U.S.
  • Employee of a foreign employer coming to negotiate or finalize contracts
  • Employee of a foreign employer coming to provide consultation services in the U.S.
  • Businessperson coming to conduct research on an area of prospective business or to consult with business associates
  • Business personnel coming to receive business training or attend scientific, educational, professional or business seminars/conferences on specific dates
  • Person coming to settle an estate

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