When it comes to obtaining the right visa for entry into the United States, it can be confusing to determine which one you need. If you plan on visiting the U.S., but not relocating permanently, chances are you will need a B1 or B2 visa. We understand the law as it pertains to immigration and can help you apply for the correct visa depending on the length and nature of your stay.

People who want to enter the U.S. temporarily can apply for a B1 or B2 visa depending on the nature of their visit. Also known as a business visa, a B1 visa is appropriate for people looking to enter the U.S. for business purposes. B2 visas are suitable for visits that relate to tourism. You can apply for both visas if your stay relates to business and pleasure.

According to the United States Citizen and Immigration and Services, you must be able to prove the following points before receiving a B1 visa:

  • You have a legally recognized business reason to enter the United States
  • You have an end date planned for your visit
  • Your finances can adequately cover your stay and expenses during your visit
  • You have a primary residence outside of the U.S., along with substantial ties that will guarantee your return home
  • There is nothing otherwise prohibiting your entrance to the U.S.

B1 visas are often used in situations where you need to consult with business associates in the U.S. This can include negotiating a contract or even attending a professional conference related to your business. Additionally, this visa would be appropriate if you needed to settle a relative’s estate who lived in the U.S. More information about this topic is on our web page about temporary business visas.