The B-1 visa is for business travellers planning short-term visits to the US.
The B 1 visa allows you to carry out business-related activity within the US during a time-limited visit.
It is used primarily by business travellers who do not qualify for ESTA or visa-free travel to the USA, for example where the intended stay will last for longer than 90 days or if the applicant has a criminal record.
Business travellers who are ineligible for visa-free travel under the US Visa Waiver Program can apply to enter the US using a B 1 visa.
When applying, you must evidence you will be participating in permissible business activities of a commercial or professional nature while in the US. The application process requires that you submit supporting documentation to evidence the purpose of your visit. Failure to present a comprehensive and complete application can lead to delays in a decision or even refusal.
The visa permits time-limited entry to the US, and you must leave before visa expiry.
You will only be allowed to carry out certain permissible activities under the B visa. For example, you would not be allowed to undertake paid employment while in the US as a visitor.
You are also not able to bring dependants with you on a B 1 visa. They must apply separately for entry clearance, through ESTA or an appropriate classification of visa.
Applying for the B 1 visa will require a petition to be made to the local US Consular and you will need to attend a visa interview. For advice and guidance on a B1 visa application, contact us.