Business Visas (B-1)
In general, travelers seeking admission into the United States to conduct business require valid B-1 visas. That is unless they are eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program, or they are a national of a country which has an agreement with the United States allowing their citizens to travel to the United States without B-1 visas.
The definition of "business" in this instance is limited, and does not generally allow for gainful employment or productive activity such as operating a business or consultancy work. Specifically, in the applicable U.S. law the term "business" is limited to the negotiation of contracts, consultation with business associates, litigation, and participation in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences or seminars and other legitimate activities of a commercial or professional nature. It does not include local employment or labor for hire.
If you are not eligible to travel visa free, or are not a national of a country where B-1 visa requirements are waived, you are required to apply for a visa before traveling.
Applying for the Visa
Please review the following FOUR STEPS below before beginning your visa application.
Step 1: If you have ever arrested and/or have a criminal conviction, have a medical ineligibility, or have been denied entry into or deported from the United States you will be required to furnish documents relating to your situation in support of your application. Please click on the relevant links for further information.
Step 2: Click on "How to Apply" on the left-hand navigation bar for information on method of application.
Step 3: Complete the online DS-160
Reminder: We always recommend that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non refundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you are in receipt of the passport.
Acceptable B-1 Activities
Please follow this link for a list of activities that can be conducted under the B-1 visa or visa free under the Visa Waiver Program
Please follow this link for a list of activites that are acceptable under the B-1 visa or visa free under the Visa Waiver Program for athletes and members of the entertainment profession.
Please follow this link for a list of religious activities that can be conducted under the B-1 visa or Visa Waiver Program.