Going to the United States for business from Canada

If you are a Canadian citizen who works in Canada but needs to attend various business and trade events or meetings in the United States, you could be required to obtain a business visitor visa. This is the B1 business visitor visa, which is different than the B2 visitor visa for tourism or pleasure travel in the United States. B1 Business Visitor Visa

The business visitor visa is also very different than a work permit for the United States. In fact, one of the trickier aspects of a business visitor visa is distinguishing what activities are acceptable on this visa and what activities would necessitate applying for a United States work permit.

What’s allowed on a B1 business visitor visa

Generally, working on behalf of a foreign employer in the United States is permissible on a B1 business visitor visa. Working for a United States employer in the United States requires a work visa.

Some examples of activities you can do on a B1 business visitor visa include attending business meetings, consulting with associates, attending business conventions, attending business conferences, negotiating contracts, investigating business opportunities and purchasing United States property for your business.

In order to obtain a B1 business visitor visa, you need to ensure that you are able to prove to United States immigration authorities that you are going to be only engaging in suitable B1 business visitor visa activities, and that you will not be doing anything like working while in the United States.

If you cannot demonstrate this sufficiently, you could be denied entry to the United States and not given a visa.

If you are a Canadian citizen or any other foreign national who has a business meeting in the United States, please contact our immigration law firm for assistance. We can help you apply for a B1 business visitor visa, or if you aren’t sure of what you require we can help you explore your options.

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