This visa is granted to foreign nationals who seek to enter the U.S. for a short time to conduct legitimate business of a commercial or professional nature that do not result in drawing a salary or payment from a U.S. employer.
Who Qualifies for B-1 Visas?
- Applicants seeking to attend conferences or conventions
- Applicants hired and paid by foreign employers to conduct business in the U.S.
- Foreign nationals entering to conduct transactions, such as signing or negotiating contracts
- Foreign nationals undertaking studies or market research
- Applicants exploring subsidiary possibilities
- Domestic servants and employees who accompany U.S. citizens or a non-immigrant visa holder
- Technical workers who enter the U.S. to install or maintain equipment
- Professionals attending Board of Directors meetings
- Professional athletes not drawing a U.S. salary
- Purchasing agents
- Applicants entering for litigation
- Guest speakers and lecturers
B-1 applicants do not need to apply via the USCIS, but can apply in person at the U.S. consulate in their home country
Are there special requirements for B-1 Visas?
- The visa holder must enter the U.S. only temporarily, with the intention of returning home
- The visa holder must have a permanent home in his or her home country
- The visa holder must demonstrate ties to his or her home country
- All travel expenses must be accounted for
- The B-1, if a domestic employee, must have significant experience with his or her employer
B-1 Visa Fees
Filing Fee – Regular $160
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