The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) offers a number of “non-immigrant” visas for individuals who wish to enter the United States for business purposes, but who do not plan to move to the U.S. permanently or to take up residence in the country in the long term. If you are one of these entrepreneurs, you may have considered a B-1 business visa.
Those who seek a B-1 Visa are typically entering the U.S. on a “business visit.” The purpose of the visit might be to seek funding for a new business, to rent office or industrial space, to negotiate a business contract, or to attend business meetings held in the United States. The visa typically allows the entrepreneur to stay for up to six months, although extensions are available.
You may qualify for a B-1 visa if:
- you need to stay in the U.S. for a short, specific, and limited time period,
- you plan to enter the U.S. to set up a new business or office in the country, and your plans include taking specific steps toward setting up your new business or office,
- you need to participate in business meetings and other activities in person,
- you have the financial resources to cover your expenses while in the United States without taking a job, and you plan to receive no income from a U.S. source while in the country, or
- you plan to maintain your residence and ties abroad while you are in the U.S.
At the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C., our experienced attorneys will help you determine what immigration paperwork you need to do business in the United States and help you prepare to work legally in the country. Contact us today to learn more.