B-1 Business Visa

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Business Visa Eligibility Requirements: Foreign nationals interested in visiting the United States for business purposes that do not involve receiving salary or payment are eligible to apply for a B-1 Business Visa. Additional screening and interviews are now required at most United States Embassies and Consulates due to the events of September 11th, 2001. It is vital to follow the detailed, clear instructions provided in the B-1 Business Visitor Visa Application Guide for the visa to be issued.

B-1 Business Visa Extension of Stay information
B-2 Tourist Visa Extension of Stay information
The difference between Visa Extension and Extension of Stay
Step-by-Step instructions on visa extensions of stay
Sample letter to USCIS requesting an extension of stay in the United States
Filing instructions for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Filing instructions for Affidavit of Support
Visa Extension of Stay Eligibility Information
List of Required Documents
Information on Filing Fees
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
List of USCIS Offices Nationwide
Directory of U.S. Embassies and Consulates
All Required Application Forms are Included with the Guide


Please remember that B-1 Business Visa holders are not granted the right to be employed or receive payment of any shape or form while remaining in the United States on that status. Non-US residents who desire to work in the United States are allowed to do so with a valid work visa such as an H-1B or H-2B Work Visa.
Be sure to download the B-1 Business Visa Application Guide to know all the activities a B-1 Business Visa holder may legally partake in while in the United States.

Download the B-1 Business Visa Application Guide for more information.

General Information on Business Visas: Non-US Residents who are currently employed by a foreign corporation or business are granted the right to visit the United States on a B-1 Business Visa. When compared to Visa Waivers, a B-1 Business poses much more benefits for a prospective application. For one, B-1 Business Visa holders are given the right to apply for a Visa Extension. Additionally, they are able to adjust their status to a permanent resident status after entry into the United States.

Business Visa Length of Stay: In most cases, visitors admitted to the US on a B-1 Business Visas are permitted to stay in the United States for up to 6 months. Upon entry into the US, an immigration officer reviews each visitor’s case, and then determines how long each person is allowed to remain in the US. The greatest length bestowed is 6 months most visitors have their I-94 cards stamped reflecting the 6 month validity of their stay. However, on a person-to-person basis, the officer has the right to grant a shorter stay. Note that foreign visitors have the advantage of applying for an extension of stay.

B-1 Business Visa Change of Status: Persons entering the United States on B-1 Business visas in most cases are granted the right to change their status to a permanent resident stays if they qualify. Additionally, B-1 Business Visa holders can also change their status to any other non- immigrant status including temporary workers such as the H-1B, H-2B, E-1, E-2, and E-3 status, and student statuses like the F-1 status. Note that those who enter the United States under a Visa Waiver are not permitted to change status- this is by far one of the major advantages of entering the US under a Non-immigrant visa.