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B1 Visa

What is a B1 Visa?

The B1 visa is a temporary/non-immigrant U.S. visa that permits visitors to enter the U.S. for business travel. 

Types of activity a B1 visa is used for include;

• consulting with clients or business associates,

• conferences, seminars, or conventions,

• carrying out research,

• to take part in legal negotiations or proceedings.


Duration of Stay and Processing Time for a B1 Visa

B1 visas are valid for up to six months and may be renewed once for up to an additional six months. In general, B1 visa processing time is about three months (90 days) for USCIS to process work permit applications but has been taking longer recently—often 4.5–5 months (135–150 days) to process.

Reasons for B1 Visa Rejections

B1 visas are highly discretionary and can often result in a denial if there is insufficient evidence. The critical factor for getting a B1 visa application approved is presenting sufficient evidence to the U.S. Consulate showing that the applicant fully intends to return to their home country. Most applications depend on the ability to prove that you have strong ties to your home country.


Showing proof of intent to return for a B1 visa may include;

• owning real estate,

• current employment,

• or significant dependents.

We strongly recommend you work with a qualified immigration attorney to help prepare the evidence to present with any B1 application.

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Alternative Options to the B1 Visa

People who are considering applying for a B1 visa may also look into:

B1 Visa FAQs

What is the probability of getting a business visa with 5 weeks duration? Does anyone have an idea about the duration of stay allowed for business meetings under a B1/B2 visa?

The B1 visa is a temporary/non-immigrant US visa that permits visitors to enter the U.S. for business purposes for up to six months and may be renewed once for up to a further six months.

In general, B1 visa processing time takes around 3 months (90 days) for USCIS to process work permit applications but has been taking longer recently—often to 4.5–5 months (135–150 days) to process.

B1 visas are highly discretionary and can often be denied if not enough evidence is provided to show the applicants full intent to return to their home country.

B1 Visa News

Good news! If you are a non-immigrant with an SSN and have filed your taxes for 2018 and/or 2019, expect to get a check credited to your bank account. As part of the economic stimulus package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H1-B visa holders, their dependents, and other non-immigrant visa holders in the United States

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