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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:
- The alien intends to maintain a foreign domicile;
- The companies profit predominately accrues in the foreign country or it is the principal place of business for the company;
- 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:
- Engaging in commercial transactions which do not involve gainful employment in the United Sates;
- Negotiating contracts;
- Consulting with Business Associates;
- Participating in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences, or seminars; or
- Undertaking independent research.
What is a B-2 Non-immigrant Visa?
The purpose of the B-2 visa is for persons desiring to enter the United States for pleasure or medical treatment. The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant.
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applicants for B-2 visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:
The purpose of their trip is pleasure or medical treatment;
They plan to remain for a specific, limited period; and
They have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties which will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.