The B1 Business Visa is applicable for individuals planning to visit the United States for business purpose. While traveling to the United States, there are certain activities that are permissible while some activities fall beyond the scope of permissible activities under this visa.
Below is a list of general guidelines as to what can and cannot be done under B1 Business Visa:
- Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention or a conference on specific dates.
- Consulting with business associates and clients.
- Interviewing a potential candidate for work.
- Settling an estate.
- Negotiating a contract.
- Participating in short-term training.
- Renting an apartment/car.
- Applying for a driving license.
- Opening a bank account.
- Training as a Peace Corp volunteer.
- Visiting the United States in order to discuss a pre-planned investment or purchase.
- Volunteering for religious or non-profit activities as long as the intent and scope of work is determined before applying for the visa and nothing else is done beyond the scope of volunteering.
- Any activity that is considered illegal in the general course of affairs.
- Staying in the United States beyond the time stipulated in the B1 visa granted.
- Obtaining the funds for your trip via illegitimate means. Funds required to take up the trip have to be established before applying for the visa, either through the employer or self.
- Applying for the B1 visa when you are already prohibited from entering the United States.
- Cannot apply for an alternate employment/profession for remuneration.
- Getting involved in study or applying at a local school/university. In case you wish to study there, you must first get F1 visa approved.
- Conducting a personal business for profit or in order to assist family in business activities.
- Participating in entertainment or sports events.
- Paying taxes on any permissible business conducted.
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