If you are interested in visiting the U.S. on a B-1 Business Visitor visa, the New York immigration lawyers from Pozo Goldstein, LLP, are here to help.

A business visa is known as a B visa. The government will issue these types of visas to those who would like to enter the United States for a non-permanent period. The period of time the B-1 visa is valid for is generally between 1 and 10 years.

Two Types of B Visas

B-1 visas are issued to those seeking entry for business purposes, and B-2 visas are issued to people seeking entry for tourism or non-business purposes. However when they are issued, they are generally combined, so when you apply for a B visa for a business purpose, you will receive a B-1 / B-2 visa, which will be good for tourism as well as non-business purposes. B-1 / B-2 visas allow the visitor to stay in the United States for three to six months.

With growing international business, there is an increasing need for a businessman to travel to the United States for a period of time in order to negotiate a business venture or for a number of other reasons. A very grand business opportunity can rest on the approval of a business visa. If a visa is not obtained, then a wonderful opportunity can turn into many years of regret, and possibly even professional mediocrity. If you are planning on visiting the United States for business, we can help you apply for a B-1 visa. There are a fair amount of denied visas for business, and because of this it is important that you work with our firm to properly apply for this visa on your behalf.

Travel Purposes Permitted with a B-1 Visa

Foreign nationals who wish to obtain a B-1 visitor visa must be traveling to the United States for business-related purposes and on a temporary basis. Your purpose and the activities you plan to engage in during your stay will influence your eligibility to obtain a B-1 visa or will determine if you need obtain a different type of visa. Some examples of the business-related purposes that are permitted under a B-1 visa include:

  • Consulting with business associates
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Attending a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference
  • Serving as a lecturer or speaker
  • Settling an estate
  • Certain athletes and professionals not engaging in paid performance other than prize money
  • Researchers who will not be receiving salary or income for a US based source
  • Service engineer who will be servicing or repairing commercial or industrial equipment
  • These are only a few of the examples of the activities permitted under the B-1 visa. As certain additional restrictions apply, our legal team can review your case and help you better understand if you are eligible to obtain a B-1 visa based on the purpose of your travel.

    Activities Not Permitted with a B-1 Visa

    The following activities are examples of travel purposes that are not permitted under visitor B-1 visas. For these and other activities, you need to obtain a different type of visa. A few notable examples include:

  • Employment
  • Study or education
  • Paid performances or professional performances held before a paying audience
  • Arrival as a crewmember on a plane or ship
  • Work for press, radio, film, journalism, and other media
  • Permanent residency
  • In addition to these restrictions, visitors with a B-1 visa may not be employed by an American company. Family members must also apply and qualify for their own visas.

    New York Visa Lawyer: Helping Secure a Business Visa

    When you experience difficulties in obtaining a business visa, and you need the issue resolved immediately, you will benefit from the legal service of a New York immigration lawyer from Pozo Goldstein, LLP. Our firm is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our clients through a free in-house case evaluation, 24/7 contact availability, as well as many other services. At our firm we have a former judge and former immigration prosecuting attorneys; this gives us an advantage in court that not many other firms can offer their clients.