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If you are planning to visit to the United States in order to conduct any type of temporary, international business—including to attend conferences, consultations or conventions—you will need a non-immigrant Business Visitor Visa, known as a B-1.
Below is a summary of some of the types of temporary, business-related travel allowed by the U.S. Department of State on a B-1 Visitor Visa. Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on who needs a B-1 Visitor Visa and why.
If the descriptions below fit your planned travel purpose and the facts accurately describe your trip, you should schedule a visa interview appointment as well as apply for a visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
You can use this link to locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and you can estimate how long it will take to get an interview; however, be sure to plan ahead and apply for your visa months before you plan to travel so your plans are not affected.
You probably need a B-1 Business Visitor Visa if:
When you apply for a B-1 Business Visitor Visa, you must meet all requirements for the visa at the time of application. The consular officer will determine whether you meet the proper requirements.
If the above descriptions do not fit your planned visit, you will likely need a different type of visa. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website to read about other types of temporary workers in the United States. You can also visit the U.S. Visas website for more information.
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE’S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.