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Business Visitor Visa - B1

The B1 Business Visitor Visa is for temporary business visitor to the United States.  The visa is for business travelers coming to the United States to attend business meetings, training seminars, etc.  However, under no circumstances are B2 visa holders allowed to engage in employment or any commercial activity that will result in financial gain.

To be eligible for a B1 Business Visitor Visa you must:

B1 Business Visitor Visas are valid for an initial entry of up to 6 months. If necessary this period may be extended up to an additional 6 months if the visa holder can give good reason for needing an extension.

An extension will only be granted for a B1 Visa if the visa holder can prove they are able to support themselves financially for the rest of the visit, and that they intend to leave America at the end of the authorised stay.

If you hold a passport from a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program, you should apply online for an ESTA if you wish to visit the United States for less than 3 months.  If you wish to visit for more than 3 months, or if your ESTA is refused, you may apply for a B1 visa if you are traveling for business purposes.