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What business travelers need to know about B-1 visas -- II

Last time, we started discussing how despite all the recent advancements in communication technology, international business travel nevertheless remains an absolute necessity for countless corporations and entrepreneurs.

More to the point, we discussed how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services not only recognizes this, but also facilitates temporary business travel to the U.S. through the B-1 visa.

In addition to demonstrating that their trip to the U.S. is for a legitimate business purpose and satisfying certain requirements associated with this business purpose, B-1 visa applicants will also be required to satisfy other eligibility requirements, including :

  • They must show that they have the necessary funds to cover their trip and their stay in the U.S.
  • They must show that they only plan to remain in the U.S. for a set time.
  • They must show that they have a home outside the U.S. they do not intend to abandon, as well as other ties to their native country that ensure their return.
  • They must demonstrate that they are otherwise admissible to the U.S. (i.e., no criminal record).

It should be noted that the initial period of stay authorized by the B-1 visa is anywhere from one to six months. However, the time needed to complete these business activities may be extended up to a maximum period of one year.

Furthermore, those looking to bring a spouse and/or children with them should be aware that they are ineligible for dependent visas. This means that they must file separation applications for the B-2 visa, meeting all of the requirements and following all applicable regulations.

The topic of B-1 visas will continue to be examined in future posts. Until then, if you have any questions about securing or extending a B-1 visa, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.

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