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The B-1 visitor visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows a foreign citizen to temporarily enter the United States for business, or in the case of a B-2 visa, for pleasure or medical treatment. The B-1 visitor visa allows one to travel to the United States for purposes such as educational, scientific, or professional conferences, consulting with business associates, negotiating contracts, etc.
Although it is best for those seeking a B-1 visitor visa to apply through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their place of origin, you may apply for the B-1 visitor visa at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. It may be more difficult, however, to qualify for the B-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that does not have jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence.
Change to B-1 Status while under another nonimmigrant status:
If you are currently in the United States under another nonimmigrant status, you may be able to change to B-1 Business Visitor status by filing Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status)
The period of stay under a B-1 Business Visitor Visa ranges from 6 months to one year, depending on the purpose of entering the United States under B-1 Status
You may apply for an extension of stay for no longer than 6 months each. Religious missionaries or those involved in missionary work may apply for 1 year extensions, however, they must show that they will not be involved in any sales transactions or accept donations while in the United States.
In order to apply for an extension of stay under B-1 Status, you must file form I-539 Extension of Stay/Change of Status at the USCIS Service center with jurisdiction over your place of stay. Generally speaking, it is best to apply for an extension of stay within 30 days of the I-94 expiration date.
No, you may not study at any institution of learning while under B-1 Status. The B-1 Business visitor visa specifically prohibits the studying at an institute of learning while under B-1 Status.
In addition to providing proof of residence in your country of origin, evidence of funds in your country of origin to cover your expenses, and a passport, a B-1 Business visitor must provide:
The more information you provide, the better you will stand. You must prove to the USCIS that you to only temporarily reside in the United States. When applying, it is assume that you have the intent of staying in the United States. You must provide ample evidence to show that you stay is only temporary
In addition you must provide:
After providing supporting documentation and new information on your purposes of entering the United States, it is best to apply at the same U.S. Embassy or Consulate in which you were previously denied to avoid any suspicions. Your case will not be reexamined unless there is new information regarding your intent in entering the United States. Simply trying to reapply at a different U.S. Embassy or Consulate with the same information as your previous case will result in rejection of the case.
You should apply for the B-1 business visitor visa no later than 60 days before the expected date of departure. If the nature of your visit is scientific, you should apply no later than 90 days before the intended date of departure.
Please note that visa wait times at U.S. embassies and consulates vary greatly in different regions. It is therefore important to review visa wait times. These interview wait times do not include security clearance or processing wait times.
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