B-1 Visas for Business Travelers

What is the B-1 Visa?

The purpose of the B-1 visa is for visiting the U.S. on “business.” The State Department defines “business” as referring to “conventions, conferences and consultations, and other legitimate activities of a commercial or professional nature.” An employee of a foreign based company qualifies to make a visit for business if:

  1. The alien intends to maintain a foreign domicile;
  2. The companies profit predominately accrues in the foreign country or it is the principal place of business for the company;
  3. Each entry is temporary in character.

What Qualifies as a “Business” Visit?

The law is clear regarding specific activities that are classifiable under a B-1 visitor for Business Visa. The State Department, in its foreign affairs manual, has determined that the following activities fall under the purview of the Departments classification:

  1. Engaging in commercial transactions which do not involve gainful employment in the United Sates;
  2. Negotiating contracts;
  3. Consulting with Business Associates;
  4. Litigating;
  5. Participating in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences, or seminars; or
  6. Undertaking independent research.

Source: The Foreign Affairs Manual and Operations Instructions Listing of B-1 Activities