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Do you have an upcoming business meeting or other business event in the United States? Many, many people travel to the United States every single year for important business trips. However, many people – including Canadian citizens – are unaware that you may require a B1 business visitor visa in order to do so.
This business visitor visa is strictly for non-work activities, so it can be kind of tricky to determine whether you need a work permit or a business visitor visa. An immigration lawyer who is experienced in United States work visas and visitor visas can help you.
You can engage in many different activities on a B1 business visitor visa, including purchasing property in the United States, investigating business opportunities, negotiating contracts, attending business conferences, attending business conventions, consulting with your associates and attending business meetings.
The most important thing is that United States immigration officials are satisfied that you will not be entering the United States for activities that would require a work permit.
You will have to demonstrate this when you apply for your business visitor visa, as well as demonstrate that you will be returning to Canada because the business visitor visa is a temporary visa.
You can do this by bringing with you a letter from your employer detailing your work in Canada and reasons for your trip, as well as a letter from the organization that has invited you to the United States if applicable. You also need to show evidence of your close ties to Canada, which can include information about your family in Canada, information about your home or mortgage, information about your investments and assets as well as information about your employment.
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