B-1 Business Visa to the U.S.

Most business owners who plan to visit the U.S. must be equipped with either a B1 visa or ESTA authorization. B1 visas allow an entrepreneur to stay temporarily in the United States. B1 holders may carry out activities such as negotiating contracts, attending meetings or conferences, and conduct business meetings.

Entrepreneurs from countries that are participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may enter in the US via ESTA authorization. The only difference an applicant should bear in mind is the length of stay. When entering on ESTA, applicant may stay in the US for no more than 90 days.  When entering with B1 business visitor visa, applicants may stay up to 6 months with a possible extension for another 6 months.

Conditions for obtaining B1 visas.

Applicant must demonstrate that the purpose of his/her business activities in the US are not for paid work or other remuneration received from sources in the USA. The applicant must demonstrate that he/she intends to stay in the US only temporarily and at the end of the specified time he/she plans to return to his/her country. Applicants for visas B1 may be required to prove that he/she has sufficient resources to the length of stay in the country.

B1 visa rules.

B1 visas allow the holder to stay in the U.S. for a maximum period of one year. Spouses and dependent children of B1 visa holders may obtain the right to travel with their spouse or parent on derivative visa.

Additional resources.

Investor E2 or Trader E1 Visas
Doing business in the United States
How to become a legal entrepreneur in the United States

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