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B1 Visa Requirements


Requirements for the B1 Business Visa

To be eligible to receive a B1 visa, you must fulfill the following requirements:
You must be entering the U.S. temporarily
You must have a permanent residence in your home country that you have no intention of abandoning
You must be able to show ties to your home country in the form of such evidence as property, family, and a permanent job
You must not be coming to the U.S. to provide services or engage in business activities that are primarily for the benefit of a U.S. employer
The purpose of your trip must be to perform a legitimate business activity
You may not be paid a salary or other remuneration from a U.S. source. However, reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses is permitted
You have sufficient financial resources to fund the trip including all travel, accommodation and living expenses during your stay in the U.S. If you do not have sufficient financial resources to fund the trip, you must provide evidence that your employer will provide support

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Receiving Payments on the B1 Visa

You can accept honorarium payments and associated incidental expenses for usual academic activities offered by an institution of higher education, related or affiliated non-profit entity or a non-profit research organization, or a Governmental research organization.

Associated incidental expenses may include cost of travel, cost of housing, per diem and rental car.

The payment must be for services you have rendered for the benefit of the institution. Your services must not last longer than nine days at any single institution. Further, you cannot receive payments from more than five institutions in any six-month period.

Applying for the B1 Business Visa

You may apply for the B1 business visa at an American Consulate nearest to your residence. Your B1 visa application includes:
DOS Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application
Passport which is valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay in the U.S. and with at least one blank page
Two identical color photographs showing full face without head covering against a light background. You may wear a headdress if required by a religious order of which you are a member
Information describing the company such as brochures, catalogs, annual reports
A copy of your tour itinerary
Documentation demonstrating your ability and intention, or that of your employer, to support your travel and other expenses while in the U.S.

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