Do I need a visa for a business meeting in the United States?

Even though you won’t be working in the United States, you still may require a special business visa if you have to enter the United States for a business meeting or other type of business activity. 

The type of business activity you will be engaging in is very important when you are considering getting a B1 business visitor visa, which is the type of visa that you would require if you had a business meeting in the United States you needed to attend. It is especially important that when you apply for a business visitor visa, immigration officials do not suspect you are planning on working in the United States. If you can’t demonstrate you are only going to be engaging in acceptable business activities, you’ll be denied and not be able to enter the United States.

Some examples of acceptable activities that can be performed on a B1 business visitor visa include going to a business meeting, conference or convention, meeting with associates or negotiating contracts, visiting the United States to purchase property as well as investigating business opportunities.

What activities require a work permit for the United States or only a B1 business visa can sometimes be unclear, but an immigration lawyer can let you know what you need before you have to travel after a quick assessment of your case.

What is the procedure for applying for a B1 business visa?

You need to compile all of your paperwork and supporting documents before applying for a B1 business visitor visa for the United States, and then travel to the US border or port of entry and you may apply there. However, when you apply for any kind of visa at the border or port of entry you also risk being denied if you are not properly prepared for the application in question.
You do have the ability to avoid this, however. Don’t be denied for a B1 business visitor visa and miss your important business even due to a completely avoidable error!

Speak with a licensed immigration attorney and have your case assessed before you apply to save yourself time and money. You can call us at the number above!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.


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