Visitor Visas

B-1 Visa

B-1 Visa is a type of nonimmigrant visa for business professionals who seek to engage in temporary business activities in the U.S. associated with their foreign employments.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The applicant must conduct legitimate business upon entering the U.S.
  • The applicant’s stay must be temporary.
  • The applicant must be able to afford his/her trip and stay in the U.S.
  • The applicant must have a residence outside of the U.S. that s/he will return to.

Family Members:

The family of the applicant cannot seek entry as dependents using B-1 Visa. They are required to apply separately for B-2, Temporary Visitor Visa.


You are allowed to conduct various business activities given they are legitimate in nature. They include such: 

  • Business associate consultation.
  • Estate settling.
  • Contract negotiation.
  • Trip to scientific, educational, professional, business convention, or conference.
  • Short-term training participation.

Your initial stay ranges from 1 to 6 months. 

Yes! However, this is a short and temporary visa. Therefore, you can be granted a maximum of 6 months extensions. Your stay on B-1 cannot exceed a total of 1 year.

As B-1 is a visitor visa, you may not seek employment in the U.S. You need to apply for work visas that the U.S. issues. Please see Working in the U.S. to learn more about the issue here.  

To be eligible for a Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you must be a citizen or national of a participating country. To reach the current participating country, you can use this link.

You can renew your visa. For this, you should follow the same steps you followed while applying for the first time.  

Yes. There is no restriction on visa reapplication. To learn more about visa denials, please visit Visa Denials page. 


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