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This is a very good question and is asked a lot. The answer may seem somewhat strait forward. After all you would think that if you intend to work in the USA then you would need a work permit. But like everything with immigration, it isn’t that simple. There are certain exceptions that you should know about where even when you are entering the US for business reasons you do not necessarily need a work visa.
We call these entries “B1 status”
B1 status falls under the Visitor category for US entry not the work category where you would normally need a work permit.
The following is considered as legitimate B-1 Visa activities for which a US work permit is not required:
The answer is well…it depends. Basically, activities, which “engage the U.S. labor market” are not permitted, that is, you are not supposed to engage in productive activities, which are normally performed by US workers. In practical terms if you are being paid for services directly by a US employer, chances are you will need a US Work Permit. However, there are exceptions.
B-1 status is always temporary
B-1 visas are typically valid for up to 6 months but in most cases visits to the US on B-1 Visas are not that long. If you are Canadian you don’t need a visa in your passport but rather can how up at a Canadian/US border and request entry as a B-1 visitor and you will likely get a stamp in our passport and you are ready to go.
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:
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