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B-1 Visa: Visitors for Business


Title: B-1 Visa: Visitors for Business Author: Steamfish Last modified by: Steamfish Created Date: 2/24/2008 7:28:58 AM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: B-1 Visa: Visitors for Business

B-1 Visa Visitors for Business
  • Application Process
  • Application filed with consulate or embassy
  • Interview with the consular officer
  • Upon approval, a visa scanned stamp placed on the
  • Visa will state issuance date and expiration date
  • Time Frame From 30 days up to 10 years (usually
    granted for the time needed to finish the
  • May be extended for up to 1 year

Consular Document Requirements
  • Passport (valid at least 6 months beyond intended
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application/Form DS-156
  • DS-157 Supplement for Male Applicants ages 16-45
  • One Recent Photo
  • Proof of ties to home country (employment, bank
    accounts, school registration, real estate
  • Letter from employer outlining nature of business
    trip (B1).
  • Letter of invitation from friend or relative in
    the U.S. (B2)
  • Copy of roundtrip airline ticket
  • Proof of familial relationship for dependents

Permissible Activities for B-1 Visa
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Installing, Servicing, or Repairing
    Commercial/Industrial Equipment Purchased from
    outside the U.S. or training U.S. workers to do
  • Litigation
  • Participate in scientific, educational, or other
    business conference or seminar
  • Certain religious and charitable activities
  • Independent research or professional artistic

B-2 Visa Visitors for Pleasure
  • Application Process Same as for B-1 Visa
  • Acceptable B-2 Visits
  • Tourist
  • Visiting Friends/Relatives
  • Medical Treatment
  • Conference or convention of social or fraternal
  • Short Course of Study Incidental to Tourist or
    Social Activities
  • Amateur Entertainers or Athletes competing
    without payment
  • Time Frame
  • Granted for 6 mos. can be extended up to 1 year

B-2 Visa Visitors for Pleasure
  • Alien must show the consulate
  • He is not abandoning his residence abroad
  • -what did the alien bring with him? Does he have
    all of his wordly possessions?
  • He has sufficient funds for the visit
  • Proof that he is returning
  • -EX bank statements, close family members still
    in the other country, mortgage/deed

The Visa Waiver Program
  • Allows nationals from certain participating
    countries to enter the U.S. for 90 days without
    applying for a B-1 or B-2 visa at the Consulate.
  • Countries (27 Total)
  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom

The Visa Waiver Program
  • The visa waiver program was introduced in 1986 to
    facilitate tourism and short term business visits
    to the United States.
  • The VWP allowed the Department of State to focus
    consular resources on addressing higher risks to
    the U.S.
  • All countries participating in the program are
    developed countries.
  • The Human Development Index (HDI) is used to
    determine if a country is developed.
  • The HDI looks at a countrys life expectancy,
    literacy, education, standard of living, and
    economic status.

The Visa Waiver Program
  • Each individual must have a passport (Children
    cannot share their parents passport).
  • Scale
  • Passports issued or renewed before October 26,
    2005 must be machine readable.
  • Passports issued or renewed after October 26,
    2005 must be machine readable and contain a
    digitized photograph, or must be biometric
  • Passports issued or renewed after October 26,
    2006 must be biometric.

The Visa Waiver Program
  • 2. Individual must have a passport that is valid
    6 months beyond his expected date of departure
    from the U.S.
  • 3. Individual must be traveling on a
    participating commercial carrier and have a valid
    return ticket.
  • If the return ticket is for Canada, Mexico,
    Bermuda or an island in the Caribbean, the
    traveler must be a legal resident of that country
    or territory (prevent illegal return to U.S.)
  • Must have complied with the conditions of all
    previous admissions to the U.S

The Visa Waiver Program
  • Individual must never have been arrested or
    convicted for an offense or crime involving moral
    turpitude no matter how long ago.
  • 5. Individual must not be ineligible for a visa
  • Individual must not have been previously denied
    entry to the U.S
  • Visa Waiver Program Restrictions
  • A person entering the United States under the VWP
    cannot request an extension of the original
    allowed period of stay in the U.S.
  • A person who entered the U.S. under the VWP may
    not request a change of immigration status while
    in the U.S
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