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What is a B-1 Business Visa?

A B-1 visa is a type of non-immigrant visa for business visitors. What this means is that it is a temporary visa used for short business trips to the U.S.

People who visit the United States on this visa cannot engage in strictly work activities, but they can address certain business concerns such as negotiating business contracts.

Who needs to use a B-1 Business Visa?

Business people who wish to come to the United States temporarily to conduct business should use this visa.

Visitors who also wish to do some tourism while in the U.S. should apply for a combination B-1/B-2 Business/tourist Visa.

Residents of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), do not need to apply for a B-1 visa to make a business visit to the U.S.

List of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Countries

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

What are the benefits of a B-1 Business Visa?

  • Travel anywhere in the United States after you enter
  • Get an optional B-2 Tourist Visa to do some sightseeing
  • Stay up to six months on first application
  • Extend your visa with Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Visa
  • Some countries allow for reentry forms of visas, which would allow tourists to enter for up to six months at a time multiple times in several years.

What is included in this Application Guide?

This application guide will include

  • Instructions on how to apply for a B-1 non-immigrant business visitor visa
  • Helpful tips for passing the visa interview
  • List of Visa Waiver Program Countries
  • Sample evidence letters
  • A guide for proper visa photographs

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