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A lot of foreign nationals don’t realize that even if they have a business trip in the United States, they may still require a visa. There are different types of visitor visas available for the United States, and one of those visas is the B-1 business visitor visa. If you are a Canadian citizen, you may be able to just apply for one at the border.
The difficult part of applying for a B-1 visitor visa is that it is not always easy to determine whether you require a B-1 visitor visa or a work permit for the United States. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate to United States immigration officials that you do not intend to work and are only going to be engaging in permitted activities.
In order to obtain a B-1 business visitor visa for the United States, you need to be engaging in permitted activities only, and not actually working on behalf of a United States employer. Some examples of allowed business activities include attending business meetings, consulting with associates, attending business conferences and conventions, negotiating contracts and investigating business opportunities.
You must be able to provide evidence when you apply for you B-1 business visitor visa that these activities will be all you’ll be engaging in, such as a letter from your employer or a letter from the organization that has invited you to the United States.
In addition, you must be able to show that you will be returning home after your trip as the B-1 business visitor visa is a temporary visa.
Do you have an upcoming business trip in the United States? VisaPlace can help you get there! The VisaPlace Group of Lawyers (VPGs) and their staff are all independent, licensed practitioners who understand how important it is for to you to achieve your immigration goals and have been trained to follow best practices and procedures to maximize your chances of success! Contact us to book a consultation.
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