For Business Visitors to the US, We Offer B-1 Visa Help

With a B-1 visa, Canadians wishing to enter the US for business-like activities have a rather quick and relatively simple process to follow.  At the same time, even though this US work visa offers a fast track, there are still specific conditions that need to be met.  Once you’ve submitted your application, you can only hope that you haven’t missed any important details.

At Niren & Associates, we take the pressure off of you by professionally preparing your application package.  Our immigration attorneys have over 15 years experience in both Canadian and American immigration law, and we assist thousands of Canadians every year in successful business immigration cases.

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B-1 Visa Holders Can Engage in a Variety of Business Activities

As long as the applicant does not “engage the U.S. labor market”, there are many different business opportunities for Canadians.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), people with B-1 status may perform the following activities:

  • Attend business meetings
  • Consult with associates
  • Attend business conferences and conventions
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Investigate business opportunities
  • Purchase property in the U.S
  • Research and design, including technical, scientific, and statistical research.
  • Growth, manufacturing, and production, including harvest owners supervising harvesting crews and purchasing and production management personnel conducting commercial transactions.
  • Marketing, including market researchers and analysts and trade fair and promotional personnel attending trade conventions.
  • Sales, including sales representatives and agents taking orders and negotiating contracts for goods or services, but not delivering goods or providing services; buyers purchasing for an enterprise located in Canada.
  • Distribution, including transportation operators delivering to, or loading and transporting from Canada or the United States, with no intermediate loading or delivery within the United States; customs brokers performing brokerage duties associated with the export of goods.
  • After-sales service, including installers, repair and maintenance personnel, and supervisors possessing specialized knowledge essential to the seller’s contractual obligation, performing services or training workers to perform such services pursuant to a warranty or other service contract incidental to the sale of commercial or industrial equipment or machinery, including computer software purchased from an enterprise located outside the country, during the life of the warranty or service agreement.

Documentation Necessary for a B-1 Visa

Canadian Citizens may obtain a B-1 Visa at a U.S/Canadian port of entry.

B-1 applicants may be advised to present the following documentation in support of their B-1 case:

  • Evidence of ties to Canada such as bank records
  • Evidence of close family relatives
  • Property deeds and any other documentation that shows that the applicant will return to Canada before or upon the expiry of B-1 status.
  • Documents showing that the applicant will be engaging in permissible B-1 activities

Due to the many types of business activities available to B-1 holders, it is not always evident exactly what documents are needed for your case.  Since Canadians have the opportunity to apply at the border for a B-1 visa, it is crucial to present the proper documents to the immigration officer, or your application will likely not be approved.  That is why your chances are increased when you meet with one of our immigration lawyers prior to applying.  We will be able to determine which documentation you need for your unique case.

Contact our Edmonton immigration lawyers for help with your B-1 Visa case today