- Aliens Traveling to the United States to Engage in Commercial Transactions, Negotiations, Consultations, Conferences, etc.
Generally, B1 visas are available to “engage in commercial transactions, which do not involve gainful employment in the United States” – including to
- Negotiate contracts
- Consult with business associates
- Participate in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars or
- Undertake independent research
- Travel to give birth in the United States
“Any B nonimmigrant visa applicant who you have reason to believe will give birth during their stay in the United States is presumed to be traveling for the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child. The applicant can overcome this presumption if you find that the primary purpose of travel is not obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child.”
- Aliens Coming to the United States to Pursue Employment Incidental To their Professional Business Activities
“Aliens coming to the United States for the purpose of pursuing employment which does not qualify them for A, C, D, E, G, H, I, J, L, O, P, Q, R or NATO status, are not classifiable as B-1 and must be classified as immigrants. However, an alien may be eligible for B-1 business visas provided he or she meets the criteria of one of the approved categories.
- Ministers of religion and members of religious denominations meeting the approved criteria may be issued B-1 visas.
- Participants in Voluntary Service Programs
“Aliens participating in a voluntary service program benefiting U.S. local communities, who establish that they are members of, and have a commitment to, a particular recognized religious or nonprofit charitable organization. No salary or remuneration should be paid from a U.S. source, other than an allowance or other reimbursement for expenses incidental to the volunteers’ stay in the United States.” An experienced immigration lawyer will explain the voluntary service program standards and requirements.
- Members of Board of Directors of U.S. Corporation
- Professional Athletes
There are specific eligibility requirements for individual professional athletes, team members, sports, leagues, amateur hockey players, and yacht crewmen.
- Coasting Officers
- Investors Seeking Investment in the United States
- Equestrian Sports
Call Herman Legal Group at 1 (800) 808-4013 or complete our contact form to learn more about B-1 and B-2 extensions and change requests.