Applying for a B-1 US Business Visitor Visa?

If you are planning to travel to the US for business, it is recommended that you know your options before applying for a Visa. Understanding what Visa is best suited for you is vital, equally as important is knowing the correct measure in insuring your visa is properly submitted. The lack of either detail could result in a missed opportunity. The immigration team at Niren and Associates’ for the Boston office is well acquainted with the difficulties processing can present and are here to assist you.

B1 Business Visitor Visa

The typical B-1 applicant comes to the U.S to:

• Attend business meetings
• Consult with associates
• Attend business conferences and conventions
• Negotiate contracts
• Investigate business opportunities
• Purchase property in the U.S

Under NAFTA, people with B-1 status may perform the following activities:

• Attend business meetings
• Consult with associates
• Attend business conferences and conventions
• Negotiate contracts
• Investigate business opportunities
• Purchase property in the U.S
• Research and design, including technical, scientific, and statistical research.
• Growth, manufacturing, and production, including harvest owners supervising harvesting crews and purchasing and production management personnel conducting commercial transactions.
• Marketing, including market researchers and analysts and trade fair and promotional personnel attending trade conventions.
• Sales, including sales representatives and agents taking orders and negotiating contracts for goods or services, but not delivering goods or providing services; buyers purchasing for an enterprise located in Canada.
• Distribution, including transportation operators delivering to, or loading and transporting from Canada or the United States, with no intermediate loading or delivery within the United States; customs brokers performing brokerage duties associated with the export of goods.
• After-sales service, including installers, repair and maintenance personnel, and supervisors possessing specialized knowledge essential to the seller’s contractual obligation, performing services or training workers to perform such services pursuant to a warranty or other service contract incidental to the sale of commercial or industrial equipment or machinery, including computer software purchased from an enterprise located outside the country, during the life of the warranty or service agreement.

B-1 Status is Temporary

It is important to note that like the TN Visa and L-1 Visa, a B-1 Visa status is for a temporary period and the applicant is required to leave the United Status when the B-1 activity is completed.

Obtaining a B-2 Visa

Canadian Citizens may obtain a B-1 Visa at a U.S/Canadian port of entry. B-1 applicants may be advised to present the following documentation in support of their B-1 case:

• Evidence of ties to Canada such as bank records
• Evidence of close family relatives
• Property deeds and any other documentation that shows that the applicant will return to Canada before or upon the expiry of B-1 status.
• Documents showing that the applicant will be engaging in permissible B-1 activities.

Deciding which visa is ideal for your business needs is a matter of personal choice. That being said, not knowing the proper means to facilitate that need could result in an unfavorable out come. Let us help you.

Contact us today for a consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers for the Boston, MA. area.

I would like to thank the staff at Niren & Associates, Barristers and Solicitors, Canada and USA Immigration Lawyers for their service and legal advice. – Margarita L