- Business negotiations;
- Solicitation of investments or sales;
- To make purchases or investments;
- Full participation in meetings;
- Hiring of staff; or
- Business research.
Contrary to the visa-waiver arrangement and classic B1 visa, there is a need for a visa in the following situations:
- One runs a business in the US;
- Joins in professional sporting and entertainment events;
- When one is paid by any of the organizations and companies in the US.
However there may be an exception. For instance, a company outside the US wants to sent an employee to the US to manage project on a temporary basis. In such case, the H1B visa is more appropriate. Because H1B visa process is a quite complicated and there is a limited space of available petitions per year (65,000), B1 visa in lieu of H1B is a perfect solution.
- The work accomplished in the US should be on the H1B level that is a specialty occupation.
- A person must have a permanent work status in the company and is paid by the company outside of the US.
- A person has to hold a degree that is relevant to the work that will be provided. It means that work experience related to a particular job is not considered.
It usually takes about 1 up to 2 weeks to obtain a B1 in lieu of H1B visa and since this visa has a broader scope, it is expected that more documents will also be presented at the US Consulate.
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