|The B Visa Category||| Print ||
|Tuesday, 18 February 2003|
For visitors conducting business-related activities
Q Can you give us some information for a person who wants to enter the US on business?
A The B1 visa is available to aliens who wish to enter the US for a temporary period of time on business. B1 business visitors may be admitted for the purpose of engaging in business, but not for the purpose of being employed. A B2 visitor may be admitted to the US for not more than one year (They are usually admitted for three to six months), and may be granted extensions of temporary stay in increments of not more than six months each, with some exceptions for individuals doing missionary work.
The basic requirements.
The alien must intend to
1. Maintain a foreign residence;
2. Enter the US for a period of specifically limited duration, and
3. Seek admission solely to engage in legitimate activities relating to business.
To meet these basic requirements, the applicant should:
A B1 visa holder may be admitted to the US to:
Applicants for B1 visas may assume that all previous entries to the US could be scrutinized by US authorities during the application process.
B2 visitors should carry with them for purposes of admission written documentation regarding the purpose and duration of their trip, their intention to depart, evidence of financial support while in the US, and other documentation consistent with the considerations discussed herein.
NOTE: As a result of tightening regulations following September 11 attacks, there is a proposal to limit the admission of B visa holders to periods of one month. It has also been suggested that the extension process will be more stringent.
Information courtesy of the
IRISH IMMIGRATION CENTER
59 Temple Place, Suite 1010, Boston, MA 02111
Tel. (617) 542-7654 Fax (617) 542-7655
An Agency accredited by US Immigration and Naturalization Service
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