What Do I Need to Attend a Meeting in the United States?

Not everyone who visits the United States temporarily for business reasons is actually working in the United States for a United States employer or being paid by one. If you were working in the United States and being paid by a US Employer, you would require a United States Work Permit.

However, if you are visiting the United States to do certain business activities, a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa for the United States might suffice.

What is a B-1 Visa?

A B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa for the United States is special US Work  status that allows the holder to enter the United States and conduct business activities such as:

Purchasing property in the United States
Investigate business opportunities in the United States
Negotiate contracts in the United States
Attend business conferences and conventions in the United States
Consult with associates in the United States
Attend business meetings in the United States

There is also a very long list of more specific activities that may be conducted on a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa including growth, manufacturing, marketing, production, sales, taking orders, distribution and after-sales service.

Is a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa right for me?

Because it’s not always crystal clear as to exactly which activities are allowed on a B-1 Business Visitor’s Visa in the United States, you may not be sure whether a B-1 visa or a United States work permit is the right document for you.

Do you need to Visit the US?

We can help! We’ve assisted many Canadians who want to work in the United States or conduct business in the United States, and we can help you determine which path is right for you. Contact us using the form on the right or by calling us at the number above.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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