If you are a Canadian who wants to visit the United States, you would normally just have to meet the regular requirements for entry to the United States and present your Canadian passport to be allowed in. But if you’re a Canadian or other foreign national who needs to go to the United States for other purposes, you may need a permit or a visa. In the case of doing business in the United States, you’ll need a business visitor visa.
If you are looking to obtain a B-1 Business Visitor Visa for the United States, you are actually able to apply for this visa at the border if you are a Canadian. However, you must be fully prepared to apply when you travel to the border, otherwise there is a risk you could be denied for your visa. If you’re denied, you could end up missing your business event or activity.
In order to be eligible to get a B1 business visitor visa, you need to also be eligible to enter the United States. In addition, you will need to be able to prove you will only be engaging in the allowed business visitor visa activities and that you will definitely return to Canada once your business activities are finished.
Because there is a very long list of activities that are allowed on a B1 business visitor visa, it can be confusing to many people whether they need a B1 business visitor visa or whether they actually need a United States work permit. Regardless, it is very important you apply for the right visa for your purposes.
VisaPlace can help you determine whether you need a United States work permit or a United States work visa, and we can help you apply. Contact us or book a consultation online, we’re here to help Canadian companies doing business in the United States!
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