The B-1 classification is appropriate for those seeking entry to the United States to engage in temporary, business-related activities. This category does not allow individuals to engage in local employment within the United States.

Permissible Business Activities are:

Conventions, conferences, consultations, and other legitimate commercial and professional activities like;  negotiating contracts, meeting with business associates, participating in scientific, educational, professional, or business conferences or conventions and litigating.

Foreign medical students may also be granted the B-1 visa and status for unpaid observer ships.

It is appropriate on a limited basis for missionaries as well as certain ministers exchanging pulpits.

This category is available, subject to very specific requirements, to personal and/or domestic attendants of certain non immigrants and U.S. citizens who hold international jobs. These attendants must obtain separate work authorization documents.


In addition to the requirements common to all applying for the visitor visa to the United States, B-1 visa applicants must:

  • Show that business activities primarily benefit a NON-U.S. based company

How We Can Help You

  • We provide assistance and advice regarding B-1 options, including the parameters of permissible activities and options for extensions or changes of status.
  • We provide guidance and representation in connection with requests for B-1 personal and/or domestic attendants.
  • We provide B-1 visa application assistance and advice to individuals who are abroad.
  • Our affiliate in India, Anand and Subash Immigration Services, Pvt. Ltd, Delhi, provides representation and guidance in visa matters, including routine and more complex B-1 visa applications, B-1 in lieu of H-1B.


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