Do I Need a Work Visa for business meetings in Boston?

Boston is a beautiful city, and many international business people travel to Boston every year to attend meetings, conferences or conventions. If you are visiting Boston for a very short period of time to attend a convention, conference or a meeting, you do not need a work visa – you need a business visitor visa

A business visitor visa, or B1 business visitor visa, is a visa that allows you to visit the United States temporarily for business reasons, but does not allow you to work inside the United States like a work permit can. As such, problems can spring up when immigration authorities doubt your intentions and think you might want to work in the United States or that you will overstay your visa.

How do I obtain a business visitor visa?

1. Contact a licensed immigration attorney to determine if you are eligible for a business visitor visa as soon as you know you will be traveling to the United States for a business meeting of any kind. We can assist you in determining your eligibility as well as telling you what specific documents you will need, such as:

2. Gather up all of your supporting documents to bring with you when you apply for a business visitor visa. These documents will need to demonstrate that you won’t be working in the US and will just be engaging in B1 activities (a letter from your employer would do), and that you plan on leaving the United States because of your strong ties to home. Some examples of documents that prove your strong ties to home include financial statements from your home country, property information and information about your immediate family living in your home country.

3. Apply for a B-1 business visitor visa. In some cases, this could be done at the border. However it is very important that you have completed the first two steps to ensure you are not denied entry to the United States.

We can help you with your B-1 business visitor visa application or any other immigration needs for the city of Boston! Please contact us using the phone number at the top of this page, or you can e-mail us to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.



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