Tips for Doing Business in the U.S.

The B-1 Business Visitor Category The B-1 nonimmigrant visa category allows certain visitors to enter the U.S. for limited and specific business activities.  B-1 visitors cannot engage in any activity or perform a service that would constitute local employment for hire within the U.S., and the category is not meant for extended, long-term activity. What can I do as a B-1 Business Visitor? Generally, business activities performed in the U.S. are directly connected with and part of (or “necessary and incidental” to) the B-1 visitor’s regular work abroad.  This covers a wide range of activities such as: Attending and participating in scientific, educational, professional, or business meetings, conventions, conferences, or seminars; Consulting with business associates; Engaging in negotiations and executing contracts; Taking orders for goods produced and located outside the U.S. (NOTE:  B-1 Visitors can NOT complete or fill the actual order while in the U.S.); Researching options for opening a business in the U.S. (such as locating or entering into a lease for office space). A business visitor may also come to the U.S. to secure funding for a new business.  However, after securing the funding, the person cannot remain in the U.S. to start actual business operations or […]
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