A Visa for Business Meetings in the US?

You may be asking yourself: Do I need a visa for a business meeting in the United States? If you are a foreign national that is having a business meeting in the US, you may be required to obtain a business visitor visa. This business visitor visa is not a work permit, but a visa specifically designed for when you are in the United States doing work on behalf of your Canadian employer.

B1 Visa for Business Meetings in the US

The business visitor visa for the United States is called the B1 business visitor visa, but it is not always apparent what one can do on a B1 business visitor visa.

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Some examples of what you can do on a B1 visa are:

  • Attending business meetings
  • Purchasing property
  • Attending conferences and conventions
  • Consulting with associates
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Investigating business opportunities

These are the main “business” elements that the United States allows with a B1 business visitor visa.

Obataining a B1 Visa

To obtain your B1 business visitor visa, United States immigration officials have to be satisfied that you are not intending to come to the United States to work. If you are, you will be denied this visa. You must be able to prove to United States immigration that you want entry to the United States for business. You may have to show them a letter from your employer, or a letter from a United States organization that invited you to the United States. You may also show your full travel itinerary.

United States immigration must be shown that you have every intention of leaving the United States when your trip is done. Property records, bank records, employment records, or information about your immediate family in Canada, will help this process.

Do You Need a B1 Visa for Business Meetings in the US?

All of Niren & Associates’ cases are handled by independent, licensed and award winning Canadian and U.S. lawyers who adhere to the highest standards of client service. Give us a call for assistance with your B1 visa application. We are here to make this process easy for you.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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