Business visa for the United States from Canada

If you are a Canadian and want to do business in the United States, you could require a business visitor visa. This visa is separate from a visitor visa, which is mostly for tourism or pleasure. The business visitor visa is for business activities, but it is most definitely not a work permit. B1 Business Visitor Visa

It can be confusing when trying to understand what is permissible on a business visitor visa and what kinds of activities would require a work visa. It is also very important to understand in advance which type of visa you need to avoid having your application delayed or denied.

Activities allowed on a B1 business visitor visa

Activities that are allowed on a B1 business visitor visa include buying property in the United States, investigating business opportunities in the United States, negotiating contracts in the United States, attending business conferences and going to conventions.

In other words, activities allowed on a B1 business visitor visa are activities that do not involve working directly for a United States employer, but rather on behalf of a foreign employer. To work for a United States employer, you would need a US work visa.

If you are a Canadian citizen, you are able to apply for one of these visas at the US-Canada border or US port of entry on your way into the country for your business activity. However, that does not mean that the B1 business visitor visa is easy to obtain. You must ensure that you have all of the correct documentation before you go.

Do you need to go to the United States for a business meeting or other business activity? Are you not sure what kind of visa you require, or whether you require one at all? Contact our immigration law firm. We can help you!

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