B-1 Visa Law and Legal Definition

A B-1 Visa or “Business Visitors” Visa is issued to a foreign citizen seeking to enter the United States for business purposes. The foreign citizen making the application must prove to the satisfaction of the Consular officer his/her intent to return to his/her home country after visiting the United States. Persons admitted on a B-1 Visa are permitted to stay up to a maximum period of 6months. Individuals who enter on B-1 Visas are normally eligible to change status to permanent resident after entering the country, provided they possess the required qualifications. A B-1 Visa is appropriate for activities such as negotiation and signing contracts, solicit sales or investment, holding business meetings, etc. B-1 Visa holders are not allowed to work or receive any kind of payment while staying in the United States.