What is a B-1 Visa? Here's everything you need to know

B-1 visas are for those participating in business activities of a commercial or professional nature in the United States. The renewals are flexible, and B-1 visa holders can fly in and out of the US as many times as they want. The main downside to...

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The United States of America is a popular destination for businessmen, and ranks 6th in the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” list. For individuals looking to conduct business in the country, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues the B-1 visa, or the business visa.

B-1 visas are for those participating in business activities of a commercial or professional nature in the United States, including, but not limited to:
  • Consulting with business associates.
  • Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or a conference on specific dates.
  • Settling an estate.
  • Negotiating a contract.
  • Participating in short-term training.
  • Transiting through the United States: certain persons may transit the United States with a B-1 visa.
  • Deadheading: certain air crewmen may enter the United States as deadhead crew with a B-1 visa.
The renewals are flexible, and B-1 visa holders can fly in and out of the US as many times as they want.


Eligibility
The applicant must prove that:
  • Their main objective to enter the US is to be involved in legitimate business practices.
  • They do not intend to settle in the US.
  • They possess sufficient funds for covering travel, accommodation, and business expenses.
  • They have a residence outside of the US that they will not abandon.
  • They have no other restrictions imposed on themselves for entering the US.
Certain B-1 visa cases require an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). There are three particular cases where it is applicable:
  • The applicant is a personal or domestic servant accompanying an employer who falls into a B, E, F, H, I, J, L, or TN nonimmigrant classification.
  • They are a domestic servant of a U.S. citizen who is stationed outside the U.S. and visits the country temporarily.
  • They are an employee of a foreign airline.
The application process
1. Complete Form DS-160: This needs to be completed online and submitted in the portal itself. Before beginning the application, make sure you have - scanned copies of your passport, business registration, invitation documents, travel itinerary, and dates of your last five visits to the US.

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2. Visa Fees: All applicants must pay a fee to obtain this visa either by a credit card or other form of online banking. The application fee for the B1 visa is $160, which is non-refundable and non-transferable. A visa issuance fee will also be charged, which varies from country to country.

3. Interview: Every applicant aged between 14 and 79 is required to attend an interview at the US embassy.

4. Documents required:
  • Form DS-160, confirmation page, and bar code
  • Valid passport
  • Social media accounts of applicant
  • Interview confirmation letter
  • Photographs which comply with US visa photo guidelines
  • A letter detailing the purpose of visit
  • Bank statements
  • Documents detailing ties to native country (property, job contracts, lease, bonds)
  • Criminal or background check records
  • Documents detailing prior visits to the US
  • Payslips for the last three months
  • A letter from employer detailing the visit
Validity of visa
The B1 visa is initially valid for six months. It can be extended to another six months or more, depending on the nature of work and employer the applicant is associated with.

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B1 to Green Card
Since part of the application process is to agree not to remain permanently in the US, a green card cannot be obtained directly through this visa.

Dependents
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There are no dependent visa categories available for B-1. A B1 visa holder, cannot bring in their spouse, children, or relatives. They have to separately apply for a B2 tourist visa for each one of them.
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