The B-1 classification is appropriate for those seeking entry to the United States to engage in temporary, business-related activities. Permissible business activities include conventions, conferences, consultations, and other legitimate commercial and professional activities. This category does not allow individuals to engage in local employment for hire within the United States.
Typical acceptable activities in the B-1 category include:
negotiating contracts, meeting with business associates, participating in scientific, educational, professional, or business conferences or conventions and litigating
Foreign medical students may also be granted the B-1 visa and status for unpaid observerships. It is appropriate on a limited basis for missionaries as well as certain ministers exchanging pulpits. This category is available, subject to very specific requirements, to personal and/or domestic attendants of certain nonimmigrants and U.S. citizens who hold international jobs. These attendants must obtain separate work authorization documents.
In addition to the requirements common to all applying for the visitor visa to the United States, B-1 visa applicants must:
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