B1 Business Visitors visa

The B1 visa allows certain foreign nationals to travel to the United States temporarily for business purposes for periods of up to 6 months.

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    What is a B1 Business Visitor Visa?

    The B1 business visitor visa is targeted at people travelling to the US for short-term business purposes.

    For instance, foreign nationals who intend to consult for business activities or need to attend certain business, educational, scientific, or professional conferences/ conventions and negotiate contracts will apply for B1 visa.

    Generally, Canadian citizens are not required to get a B1 visa if travelling to the US for short business trips. However, permanent residents or other types of non-Canadian citizen residents may have to obtain a B1 visa if their nationality is not included in the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

    Note that Canadian citizens may still have to apply for visas if travelling to the US for certain purposes, such as long-term settlement.

    The B1 visa allows for visits up to 6 months, though this may be extended by another 6 months if necessary.

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    Permitted Activities for the B1 Visa

    The B1 visa only allows the holder to conduct certain business activities in the US.

    These include the following:

    • Consulting or meeting with business associates
    • Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention or conference (specific dates must be supplied)
    • Settling an estate
    • Negotiating a contract
    • Participating in short-term training
    • Transiting through the United States in certain circumstances
    • Deadheading for airline crew (travelling as passengers in order to report for airline work)

    You will not be allowed to study or take up any kind of paid employment while in the US on a B1 visa.

    Eligibility for the B1 Business Visitors Visa

    For you to be an eligible candidate for a B1 business visa, you must fulfil the following basic requirements:

    • You must ensure the reason for your visit to the US is for legitimate business purposes or providing services
    • You are not planning to overstay in the US beyond your visa’s validity period
    • You have enough money to cater to your travelling expenses to and from the US and cover every expense you incur during your stay
    • You fully intend to return to your place of residence in Canada after your visit
    • You meet all US admissibility guidelines

    Documents Required for the B1 business visitor visa

    The following documents are required by the immigration officer or border services officer for B1 visa applicants:

    • Travel document or passport valid for at least 6 months
    • Non-immigrant visa application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
    • Application fee payment receipt
    • Valid passport photo
    • Evidence of ties to your home country and proof of intention to return after your trip

    How to apply for a B1 Business Visa

    Applicants in Canada can apply for a B1 visa at the United States embassy in Ottawa. They can also apply in any of the six consulate offices in Canada.

    Go through this process to apply:

    1. Complete the Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application online. After successful application, you will get a confirmation with a 10- digit barcode you must print for interview purposes. While filling out your application, you will upload your picture.
    2. Book an appointment for an interview at the US embassy or consulate
    3. Pay the visa application fee that is non-refundable.
    4. Go for your interview

    There are two interviews for you. The first one is for you to schedule a fingerprinting interview at least one or two days before your interview at the consulate or US Embassy in Ottawa. The essence of this initial interview is to lower congestion at the US consulate to increase the speed of your application process.

    The second visa interview will take place in the US embassy. A consular will interview you to know if you are qualified for the B1 business visa. In your interview, you must convince them that you are eligible for the B1 business visitors visa as stipulated in US law. Ensure you go along with your compulsory and any additional travel documents.

    During the interview, ink-free biometrics may be taken to confirm biometrics taken during the online business visitor visa application process. If your application requires further administrative processing, the consular will notify you after your interview.

    After the approval of your visitor’s visa, you will be required to pay your visa issuance fee.

    Having a visa does not guarantee entrance into the US. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials can either permit anyone or refuse someone entry into the US. The CBP will provide you with the permission stamp if you’re permitted entry.


    Processing Times & Costs

    To get an appointment for an interview for a B1 visitor’s visa in Canada is within 320 calendar days, and it could be less or more, depending on the situation at hand.

    You will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee before your interview. If your application is successful, you will pay a visa issuance fee of about $160.

    Gathering evidence, required documents, and photos will also cost you some amount of money, exclusive of the $160.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                If you have a change of status or you get married during your stay in the US, you can decide to change your status via the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you are still in the US during your citizenship application, you are not required to apply for a new visa. However, if you are out of the US, you will have to request a new visa at the US embassy in Ottawa, Canada, or the US consulate around you.

                The way to renew your visa is to follow the process of applying for a new visa. The only thing that may be waived during renewal is the Interview part. Some business people are given an Interview Waiver, and this waiver allows qualified candidates to request visa renewal without being interviewed.

                An additional six months grace can be granted to a B1 Visa holder if they are not done with the business activity that brings them to the US. Anyone who wishes to stay for more than the period on their form I-94 without leaving the USA, such persons must file for form I-539, Application to Extend/Change non-immigration status. They will also submit all required forms to the USCIS.

                A B1 visa holder is not eligible for a dependent Visa for family members, and any family member accompanying a B1 visa holder must apply for another US visa separately.