B-1 Visas

B-1 visas are non-immigrant visas that authorize travel to the United States for temporary business working for a foreign employer. B-1 visa holders may not work for a U.S. employer during their stay.

For help with a B-1 visa application, contact us at the American Dream Law Office, headquartered in Tampa, FL. While we focus on immigration, we can also help you understand your temporary B-1 visa application process. Call us today at 1-866-753-0612 or contact us online.

Eligibility for a B-1 Temporary Business Visa

In order to get a B-1 visa, applicants must prove that:

  • Travel to the United States is for legitimate business
  • The visitor has adequate funding to cover expenses during their visit
  • The trip has a designated itinerary to leave the U.S.
  • The visitor has a home and personal ties outside of the U.S. with no intention of abandoning them
  • The visitor can legally enter the U.S.

Visitors who wish to seek medical treatment, vacation, or visit friends or family in the U.S. should apply instead for a B-2 non-immigrant visa. If you wish to bring family with you on your business trip, they must apply for B-2 visas. Work or study exchange visitor applicants need to apply for other visas based on their individual circumstances.

If you aren’t sure which visa application to complete, contact our offices for guidance. We can help you determine how the purpose and duration of your stay affect which visa application you should complete, and if you will need to file extensions for a longer stay.

How to Apply for a B-1 Visa

You can submit your visa application online. You will get a confirmation page and DS-160 number to schedule an interview. U.S. embassies and consulates conduct the interview appointments. You must make your appointment with an embassy or consulate in your country.

According to your interview responses, officials will determine whether you are eligible to enter the U.S. on a B-1 visa. Visitors with B-1 visas may apply to extend their stay after arriving in the U.S. if circumstances require that they remain in the country. You can extend your stay to a maximum of one year.

Exemptions from Requirements for B-1 Visas

Visitors from some countries may be eligible to enter the U.S. without a B-1 visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). 38 countries are eligible for the VWP, including:

  • Australia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Contact our office to find out if your country is part of the Visa Waiver Program. You must have an e-passport to qualify for the VWP. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will interview you to determine your admissibility at your port of entry.

Contact Us at the American Dream Law Office for Help with Your Visa Application

If you need help knowing which visa application to complete or how to fill out the forms accurately, contact us at the American Dream Law Office. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, we have nearly a decade of experience helping clients apply for B-1 visas. Call us today at 1-866-753-0612 or contact us online to schedule a strategy session with an experienced immigration attorney.

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