Business Travel Talk: The US Business Visa

US passportGetting a US nonimmigrant visa is much easier when you know exactly which type you need. Many travelers encounter issues with their visas because they are not aware of the scope and validity period. You can avoid this problem and have a hassle-free visit by understanding the available options.

Whether you are flying in for a short conference or a business meeting with your client, you need a B1 visa. A B1 is usually issued together with a B2 visa, which is mainly for tourism and other non-business purposes.

There are things you need to consider when it comes to securing your US business visa. Here is some information you can use when applying for one:

Old B2 Visa Can Be Used for Planned Business Trips

B1 and B2 visas are often issued together. Called the B1/B2 visa, the traveler can enter the US for business, pleasure, or a combination of both using this endorsement. Those who are already holding a B2 visa may be eligible to visit the country for planned business trips. To be sure, consult with your travel agent about the matter.

You Can Still Perform Professional Services (Under Certain Terms)

The business visa allows you to enter the US on the grounds that you will not perform skilled or unskilled work during your stay. There is an exception to this, though. You can still do professional services as long as you will not receive remuneration from a US source and that you are employed by a non-US firm that pays your salary during your assignment in the US. This provision is known as the “B1 in lieu of H-1B.”

Change Status to Another Longer-Term Visa

Visitors are generally granted six months to one year maximum. But it is still possible to have a six-month extension, provided you will retain the same visitor status and have credible reasons to do so. It’s also possible to change your status to a longer-term visa. Check with the guidelines of the relevant US Embassy or Consulate to learn more about this.

It helps if you can consult professionals in this field. When you know how your US business visa works, you can make the most of your stay.