Not everyone who visits the United States temporarily for business reasons is actually working in the United States for a United States employer or being paid by one. If you were working in the United States and being paid by a US Employer, you would require a United States Work Permit.
However, if you are visiting the United States to do certain business activities, a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa for the United States might suffice.
A B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa for the United States is special US Work status that allows the holder to enter the United States and conduct business activities such as:
Purchasing property in the United States
Investigate business opportunities in the United States
Negotiate contracts in the United States
Attend business conferences and conventions in the United States
Consult with associates in the United States
Attend business meetings in the United States
There is also a very long list of more specific activities that may be conducted on a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa including growth, manufacturing, marketing, production, sales, taking orders, distribution and after-sales service.
Because it’s not always crystal clear as to exactly which activities are allowed on a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa in the United States, you may not be sure whether a B-1 visa or a United States work permit is the right document for you.
We can help! We’ve assisted many Canadians who want to work in the United States or conduct business in the United States, and we can help you determine which path is right for you. Contact us using the form on the right or by calling us at the number above.
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