B1: Business Visas
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B-1 Visas: Business Visas
Business visas are normally temporary visas provided to business visitors for the purpose of performing business in the U.S. Business visas are not employment visas. A business related activity would include attending a business convention, hiring employees in the U.S. or negotiating a contract in the U.S.
In order to be eligible to obtain a B-1 visa, an individual must show the following:
- The purpose of his or her trip is to enter the United States for business of a legitimate nature
- The indivdual plans to remain for a specific limited period of time
- The indivdual has the funds to cover the expenses of the trip and stay in the United States
- The individual has a residence outside the United States in which he or she has no intention of abandoning, as well as other binding ties which will ensure his or her return abroad at the end of the visit
- The individual is otherwise admissible to the United States
Period of Stay/Extension of Stay
Initial Period of Stay
- 1 to 6 months; 6 months is the maximum
Extension of Stay
- Up to 6 months; maximum total amount of time permitted in B-1 status on any one trip is generally 1 year.
At the port of entry, an immigration official must authorize an business visitor's admission to the United States, and, if he or she is eligible for admission, he or she may be admitted initially for the period necessary to carry out his or her business activities, up to a maximum period of 1 year. A business visitor may stay beyond the time indicated on his or her Form I-94 without departing from the U.S., but must file additional forms and required documents to do so.
Family of B-1 Visa Holders
A business visitor's spouse and children are not eligible to obtain a dependent visa. Each of the business visitor's dependents who accompany or join later the business visitor must apply apply separated for a B-2 visa and must follow the regulations for that visa.
Certain B-1 Activities that Require an Employment Authorization Document
The following types of B-1 business visitors require employment authorization:
- A personal or domestic servant who is accompanying or following to join an employer who seeks admission into, or is already in, the United States in a B, E, F, H, I, J, L, or TN nonimmigrant classification.
- A domestic servant of a U.S. citizen accompanying or following to join his or her U.S. citizen employer who has a permanent home or is stationed in a foreign country, and who is temporarily visiting the United States.
- An employee of a foreign airline engaged in international transportation of passengers freight, whose position with the foreign airline would otherwise entitle the employee to treaty trader nonimmigrant classification (E-1) and who is precluded from such classification solely because the employee is not a national of the country of the airline's nationality or because there is no treaty of commerce and navigation in effect between the United States and the country of the airline's nationality.
Note: All applicants for a B-1 visa or admission as a B-1 business visitor as a personal or domestic servant described above must demonstrate the following:
- The applicant has a residence abroad in which he or she has no intention of abandoning
- The applicant has at least 1 year of experience as a personal or domestic servant
- The applicant has been employed abroad by his or her employer for at least 1 year prior to the employer’s admission into the United States or if he or she has been employed abroad by the employer for less than 1 year, the employer must show that while abroad, he or she has regularly employed a domestic servant in the same capacity as that intended for the applicant's employment
If you or your business are looking to hire an individual who may be eligible for a business visa, or if your business is looking to hire employees who need business visas, then contact our office. Peek & Toland is an experienced and knowledgeable immigration law firm that provides its clients with comprehensive immigration representation. Let Peek & Toland help you, so you can get back to doing what you do best: running your business. Contact us today.