B1 Visa

This visa is generally known as the Business visitor to the United States visa. Individuals from all countries are eligible, except for those who qualify for an ESTA/Visa Waiver. The B1 visa is generally used to:

● Consult with business associates;

● Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference;

● Settle an estate;

● Negotiate a contract; and

Participate in short term training. The application process varies by Consulate, however, you can generally submit a DS-160 application online and then schedule an interview. During the interview, you will be asked a series of questions. These include but are not limited to the following:

● What reason do you have for traveling in the United States?

● What is your job?

● For whom do you work?

● In the past two years, to which other countries have you traveled?

● Do you have dependents? If so, how many and will they be accompanying you?

● Will you be joined by other members of your company?

● How long is your intended period of stay?

● Who will cover the expenses of your trip?

● What is your annual income?


If you are visiting the United States on a B1 visa, you are eligible to stay for the period stamped in your passport.  If you do not have a stamp, you will need to check your digital I-94, which is available online through the CBP website, using your passport number and date of birth. You should know your final date of status so that you can file an extension in advance should you need more time to complete your business activities. Keep in mind that the initial period of stay is up to 6 months. If an extension is required, you may request an additional 6 months. Thus, the maximum period, for one trip, is generally one year.