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Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). The visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of the U.S. immigration inspector to enter the United States.

If the purpose of the planned travel is business related, for example, to consult with business associates, attend a scientific, educational, professional or business conference, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract, then a business visitor visa (B-1) would be the appropriate type of visa for the travel. However, there are specific requirements which must be met by applicants to qualify for a visitor visa under U.S. immigration law.

The first step to apply for a visa is complete online a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160). During your application, you will be required to make an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you live. Once you have electronically submitted your DS-160 online application, you will receive the application form confirmation page which you need to bring for your interview on the selected day during the application process. Please, take care to answer all questions on the application accurately and completely; otherwise, you may have to correct your application and reschedule your visa interview appointment.

B1 Business Visa — WHAT DO YOU NEED?

  • Passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.
  • Digital photograph
  • Travel itinerary, if you have already made travel arrangements.
  • Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States, if you have previously traveled to the United States. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years. 
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae. You may be required to provide information about your current and previous education and work history. 
  • Other Information. Some applicants, depending on the intended purpose of travel, will be asked to provide additional information when completing the online application.

B1 Business Visa Requirements for United States

  • An individual on a visitor visa for business purposes (B1) is not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.
  • The business visa is valid for 10 years.
  • Your stay in the U.S with visitor visa is limited to 180 days per entry.
  • A valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States. 
  • All answers must be in English, using English characters only, except when you are asked to provide your full name in your native alphabet.

For your interview:

  • You are required to bring your confirmation page with your application ID number on it.
  • Bring your passport valid for travel to the United States – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States. Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.
  • Application fee payment receipt you make online

Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified:

  • The purpose of your trip,
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip, and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip. 
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