B-1 Visa – Business Visitor Visa

The B-1 Visa is for the business visitor involved in a legitimate commercial or professional activity who has a clear intention to maintain a foreign residence.

The actual place of the business must be foreign-based and the profits predominantly accrued in the foreign country.

This does not allow a foreign worker to be gainfully employed in the United States and be paid in a foreign country.

The person is admissible if he/she is involved in a commercial transaction which does not involve gainful employment. Examples of this would be:

  • International trade issues, such as negotiating contracts, litigation, consulting with clients or business customers.
  • Attending conventions and trade shows.
  • Professional athletes who do not receive a salary but compete for prize money, e.g., golfers.
  • A member of a board of directors of a United States corporation who is attending a board meeting in the United States.
  • Foreign managers or executives who are sent to the United States to set up a United States subsidiary as well as people exploring treaty investment opportunities.

The above list is by no means exhaustive and the main focus should be that a person has an unabandoned residence in a foreign country and is not gainfully employed in the United States.

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