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B-1 visa for short business trips

Foreigners who would like to visit South Carolina for business reasons may be eligible to obtain a B-1 visa. A B-1 visa is a temporary visa that allows a business visitor to enter the United States for a period of no more than six months. After six months has gone by, a B-1 visa holder may apply for an extension of their stay. The maximum period allowed for a single B-1 visa visit is usually 1 year.

Business activities in the U.S. that may allow an individual to qualify for a B-1 visa are always short-term in nature. Some qualifying activities include consulting with business partners, negotiating a contract, settling an estate, participating in job training or traveling to a business convention. Airline crewmembers who are deadheading sometimes obtain a B-1 visa in order to enter the U.S. temporarily.

To qualify for a B-1 visa, an applicant must be able to show sufficient proof that the purpose of their proposed entry into the U.S. is for a legitimate business activity. The applicant must also demonstrate that they plan to remain in the country for a limited period have sufficient means to pay for their trip. Having a residence outside of the U.S. is also required.

People who are interested in obtaining non-immigrant visas like the B-1 visa might want to speak with an attorney before submitting an application. With legal assistance, an individual may be assured that their B-1 visa application is completed correctly. If there are any issues with securing a visa before a trip, an attorney may be able to review the documentation and act accordingly so that the business visit can proceed as planned.

Source: US CIS, "B-1 Temporary Business Visitor", December 12, 2014

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