B-1 Business Visitors

B-1 visa is for the visitor who has an unabandoned foreign residence, intends to visit only temporarily and intends to engage only in permitted business activities.

B-1 business visitor may be admitted for the purpose of enaging in business but not for the purpose of local employment or labor for hire. in distinguishing, the determination would be whether the principal place of business and actual accrual of profits are in the foreign country. Permitted business activities may include

  • Engaging in commercial transaction which do not involve gainful employment
  • Negotiating contracts;
  • Consulting with business associates; and
  • Participating in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences

B visitors may apply for extension of stay in six month increments and may change to other non-immigrant visa statuses.