Do I need a visa for a business meeting in the US?

Yes, you may need a visa if you have to travel to the United States even if only for a short business meeting. The visa you may require is called the B1 business visitor visa, and this is a temporary visa that will allow you into the United States for very specific business activities. 

Activities that are relevant to a B1 business visitor visa include:

Going to a business meeting.
Attending a business conference or convention.
Buying property in the United States on behalf of a foreign business.
Investigating business opportunities in the United States.
Negotiating contracts in the United States.

If you are a Canadian citizen, there are plenty of activities you can engage in pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the list is not always clear as to what counts as an allowed business activity and what would mean you have to apply for a work permit.

Because the B1 business visitor visa is a temporary visa for the United States, you will have to prove to United States immigration officials that you have zero intention of overstaying your visa, and that you do in fact have sufficient ties to your home country that will ensure you return home after your business event.

How does someone apply for a B1 business visa for the United States

Someone who has a business event such as a business meeting in the United States and must visit the country in order to do so may apply for a B1 business visitor visa at the US-Canada border or at the closest United States port of entry.

But when you do apply for one after traveling to the border or port of entry, there is always a risk that you’ll be denied for your visa. Anyone can be denied for a United States visa, and many people are. This is why you need to know what your chances are before you travel to apply for one, and why you need to make sure you have everything you need in order to apply.

A licensed immigration attorney will have the experience and expertise to ensure that you have everything you need before you apply, and that you are adequately prepared. Don’t hesitate to contact us using the form on the right!

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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