B-1 Visa Lawyer

Visa for Temporary Business

The B1 Visa is intended for foreign nationals who intend to come to the United States for business activities of temporary nature.

The B-1 Visa allows many activity that do not constitute employment, such as:

  • Attend business meetings
  • Negotiate business and real estate contracts
  • Participate in academic conferences
  • Control the operations of a Company in which the foreign national has invested
  • Receive temporary training from a U.S. Company
  • Settle an estate

It is generally not allowed to work with a B-1 Visa, although there are very limited exceptions to this rule, such as the B-1 in lieu of the H-1B.

The B-1 Visa is obtained at the U.S. Consulate of the Country where the foreign national resides. Because it is a non-immigrant Visa, the petition must include evidence showing that the applicant has strong financial and family ties to his own country, to which he or she will be back after a short trip to the United States. Normally, a Labor certification approval or the filing of an immigrant family petition will result in a denial of the B-1 Visa.

The B1 Visa can be issued for a single entry or for multiple entries. Most frequently, the B1 Visa holder is granted a 6-month period of stay by the immigration officer at the U.S. customs (CBP); however, the CBP officer has absolute discretion to decide the length of the stay (1 to 12 months) or even to cancel the B1 Visa and place its holder on expedited removal.

An experienced Immigration Attorney in New York can help you prepare your B-1 Visa petition, in order to maximize your chances of success and avoid a denial under INA 214(b). Also, if you are from an ESTA country, the denial of the B-1 Visa will automatically revoke an already approved travel authorization, and might prevent you from getting one.

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