Part of the complexity of entering the U.S. legally is knowing which type of documentation you need for your situation. Making a mistake or not being prepared can cause delays and denials. Thus, the first step is determining your purpose of coming to this country.
If your reasons are business-related, and you only plan on staying for a short time, then a B-1 visa may be what you need. Here are five cases that require this kind of visa.
- Attend a business event
An important aspect of maintaining your global business skills and networking is attending conventions, conferences and other meetings around the world featuring the leading professionals in your industry. As these events occur on specific dates, they would qualify you for a B-1 visa.
- Negotiate a contract
Business relies on solid contracts, and it is best to create them in person. If you need to negotiate a contract with an American business, you could apply for a B-1 visa.
- Receive training
If you work for a global company, you may need to travel to receive training, especially if the business is based in the U.S. As long as training program is short, a B-1 visa would suffice.
- Consult associates
Do you have business associates in the U.S. with whom you need to speak in person? A B-1 visa could get you into the country long enough to meet with your colleagues.
- Settle an estate
When you have clients you represent who have estates in America, then settling the estate may be easier to do if you are in the area. A B-1 visa would help you in this matter.
No matter the reason you need to visit the U.S., you must also meet a few other conditions. Your stay must be for a specific, limited time with no intention of becoming permanent. You must also be able to pay for your travel expenses to be eligible for a B-1 visa.