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A business visa (B-1) allows you to stay for up to six months in the United States for certain business-related purposes. It can often be a good option for travel back and forth to the United States instead of a tourist visa (B-2), especially for certain types of travel.

This article describes the terms and conditions for obtaining a B-1 visa from a U.S. Consulate.

What is a B1 visa for?

Here are some examples of business-related travel under a B-1 visa:

  • Foreigners who come to meet with potential business partners, investors, distributors or suppliers;
  • Foreigners who come to consider investing in the United States;
  • Foreigners coming for professional programs or conventions, to meet with colleagues in their branch or other professional opportunities, a business visa is more appropriate.

What documentation do I need to submit to obtain a B1 visa?

The importance of documenting the business purpose of the trip cannot be overstated. Here are some of the documents we recommend you submit to the Consulate:

  • Proposed Contracts;
  • Letters with potential business partners;
  • Proof of your own business activities in your home country;
  • Business cards or if possible,
  • Letters or statements from the business partners you will be visiting in the United States regarding the business purpose of your trip.

Applications must be supported by documentation proving the purpose of the visa.

If you are attending a business meeting, please submit an invitation letter from your business partner to the meeting.

If you are attending a conference, please send copies of the conference materials.

If you intend to travel throughout the United States and visit certain tourist spots, come prepared with itineraries, reservations, and hotel reservations. Documentation must be authentic and substantial.

What financial documentation does a B1 visa support?

The applicant must show the consulate proof of their own money or other financial resources to support themselves while here. This should be documented by copies of bank statements, receipts, or proof of salary.

Be prepared to explain how you will stay in the United States for the entire duration of your visa.

It is also important to show “ties to the country of origin,” in other words, property, employment, or immediate family members who were left behind and who could cause you to return. Bring proof of your home or title deeds.

Bring a letter from your job or other proof that you have a job.

If you have family members, such as a spouse or children who do not travel to the United States, bring proof of it, such as marriage and birth certificates.

If you have traveled to the United States or other Western countries before, it is advisable to mention it; since with this it shows a willingness to return home after a visit abroad. Of course, this is only useful if one returns according to the time limits on their visa.

What arguments support a B1 visa?

It is useful for the applicant to present to the Consulate a detailed cover letter, which explains exactly why he wants the visa, citing the financial and other ties with the country of origin, establishing the basis of his financial support in the United States and the exact purpose of his trip, referring to the attached documents.

This gives the Consul a summary of the entire package that he or she can read quickly.

As tourist visas are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, filing a well-documented application for a business visa is usually a better option.

Our office can help you present the Consulate with the strongest possible package to support your B1 visa application. If you are interested in hiring us for this purpose, please contact us 520-355-1111.

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