B-1 Business Visa Attorneys in Skokie
Obtain a Visa for a Business-Related Visit
A B-1 visa is issued to business visitors who wish to enter the United States temporarily to engage in legitimate business activities such as meetings, conferences, contract negotiations, consultations, and training sessions for U.S.-based parties.
If you are interested in visiting the U.S. for business-related reasons, the B-1 visa might be right for you. Consult with our B-1 attorneys in Skokie to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. If so, we can help you complete the application and bolster your chances of approval.
The Terms of a B-1 Visa
B-1 visa holders can remain in the U.S. for no more than one year and may be granted extensions in increments of no more than six months. The only exception is for alien members of a religious denomination coming temporarily and solely to do missionary work on behalf of a religious denomination. Religious missionaries may be granted extensions of not more than one year each, provided that such work does not involve selling articles or soliciting/accepting donations.
B-1 visa holders are not allowed to work in the United States, must intend to leave the country before their visa expires, and must have an adequate financial arrangement.
Who Is Eligible for a B-1 Visa?
A variety of people from all walks of life can be eligible for the B-1 visa as long as their intention in visiting the U.S. is business-related in some capacity.
You may be eligible for a B-1 visa if you are:
- Visiting the U.S. to take part in an exhibition, sign contracts, and take orders for merchandise produced in your home country
- Participating in a voluntary service program that benefits a community in the U.S.
- Traveling to the U.S. to install or repair industrial equipment or commercial machinery
- Traveling to the U.S. for a speaking engagement
- Participating in a seminar or conference for scientific, educational, or professional reasons
- Conducting independent research
- Surveying potential sites for a business
- Coming to the U.S. for an elective clerkship in a medical discipline
- Performing missionary work for a religious denomination
- An amateur athlete competing in an event without pay
- A professional athlete who will not be paid for your participation in a sporting event other than prize money
Applying for the B-1 Visa
When seeking a B-1 visa, you will need to meet all eligibility requirements and complete the necessary steps of the application process.
The application process involves:
- Completing Form DS160
- Supplying a digital photograph
- Paying the visa application fee in the amount of $140 or its equivalent in your home country’s currency
- Setting up a visa interview appointment
- Attending the interview
Supporting Documents Needed for Your Interview
When applying for a B-1 visa, you should be able to convince the consular officer that you have a valid, business-related reason to travel to the U.S.
The following documents can be helpful:
- A letter from the employer requesting the visa for the applicant addressed to the consulate, indicating the purpose and length of the trip
- Proof of funds to support your trip
- Your business card
- All documents about the company’s market and financial position with financial records, sources of funds, and tax papers
- Business-related event registration proof or a brochure of the event you are attending
Carry all originals for the interview. Other than the visa fee, most of the other documents will be given back after the interview.
To find out more about the procedural steps involved and an estimate of fees, call Gambacorta Law at (847) 443-9303.