A B-1 visa is a temporary business visa allowing foreign nationals and their families to be admitted to the United States for up to six months. In order to qualify for a B-1 visa, the principle applicant must be able to demonstrate that his purpose for visiting the United States is in regards to a legitimate business matter, he plans to stay in the U.S. for a specific, limited amount of time, he has the funds to cover the cost of the trip, he has a residence outside of the U.S., and certain other guidelines applicable to anyone entering the United States.
People who come to the United States on a B-1 visa usually come for one of the following reasons:
- To consult with a business associate - To travel for a scientific or educational purpose, for a professional or business convention, or for a conference.
- To settle an estate (probate)
- To negotiate a contract
- To participate in short-term work training
- To transit through the U.S.
Certain air crewman may also enter the U.S. as “deadhead” crew with a B-1 visa.
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