Optimal for business negotiations, overseas site visits and short-term training.
Select countries don’t require a visa for business travel.
Visitors are not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.
Acceptable reasons for travel include attending contract negotiations, business meetings, short-term unpaid training, conferences and in-person consulting sessions.
Lecturers, researchers, commercial engineers, salespersons and trainers often use B-1 visas when traveling for work on a short-term basis.
In order to qualify, the business person must have:
• Funds to cover expenses throughout the stay.
• No compensation by a U.S. employer during the trip.
• Residence and country ties in the home country with no interest in abandoning those ties.
• Intent to leave the United States at the end of his or her visit.
•The initial stay is one to six months.
•The total stay is up to one year.
Special Note: The B-1 visa itself can be valid up to 10 years, depending on country of citizenship. Consult an attorney to learn whether your employee’s B-1 visa validity period exceeds the standard time allotment.
Application filing fee: $160
Premium processing: There is no expedited application processing available for B-1 applications.
Citizens in select countries can travel to the United States for a stay of 90 days or less without a U.S. visa. In order to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, the traveler must have completed the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) process prior to the trip. Persons admitted under the Visa Waiver Program cannot extend or change their status while in the United States.
Participating countries include:
• South Korea
• United States
Full Visa Waiver Program list: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta
Extensions granted for up to six months.
Spouses and children of B-1 holders aren’t eligible to apply for a dependent visa. If the traveler would like family members to accompany him or her, separate B-2 visitor visa applications must be filed.
B-1 visas are not dual intent, meaning holders may face international travel complications if they file a green card petition under this status. It’s recommended they switch to a dual intent visa, such as an H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation visa or an L-1 Intracompany Transfer visa, before applying for legal permanent residency.
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