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The B-1 business visitor allows an individual to come to the U.S. for a short period of time for purposes that include the following:
- engaging in meetings and consultations with U.S. business associates
- attending non-productive training of benefit to the overseas company
- attending professional conferences or meetings
A B-1 visitor is not authorized to perform productive work in the U.S. A B-1 visitor must maintain foreign residence abroad to which the B-1 visitor intends to return at the end of the authorized period of stay. The B-1 status may not be used as a means to accelerate a candidate's eligibility to enter the U.S. to work. The B-1 entrant will generally remain on a foreign employer's home country's payroll and cannot receive compensation from a U.S. source, other than reimbursement for incidental expenses. The B-1 visa is applied for directly at the U.S. Consulate.
B-1 visa holders are generally admitted for the period of time necessary to conduct the business. In theory, a B-1 entrant may be admitted up to a maximum of six months. However, in practice, USCIS officers typically allow business visitors to remain in the United States for no more than 30-90 days. When unexpected events necessitate an extension, individuals may apply to extend the authorized period of stay up to six months. However, prolonged business visits may give rise to a presumption that the visitor is engaged in prohibited productive employment.
Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa. Currently there are 27 participating countries in the VWP: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
VWP nationals are permitted to enter the U.S. under the same rules as the B-1 classification through the Visa Waiver program for up to 90 days. No extensions of status, nor change of status may be granted to VWP entrants.
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