The B-1 Business Visitor status is used for individuals to enter the United States for business purposes for a temporary period of time. For Canadian citizens this is a very quick way to enter the United States, as they do not need a visa prior to entry. Like the TN status, the application process is conducted at a port of entry.
NAFTA expands the B-1 category for Canadian citizens and as a result the application process is not only easier for Canadians, but Canadians are also permitted to partake in a wider range of activities on a B-1 as compared to citizens of other countries. The initial maximum duration of status for a B-1 under NAFTA is one year.
- Work must be temporary. You must leave the United States when finished.
- Work performed must be for a non-U.S. employer (exceptions for a U.S. startup company).
- Compensation may not come from the United States - this includes any payment for services or expenses.
- Business activities must be within that which is allowed under the B-1 (see below).
Permissible B-1 Activities (generally*)
- Research and design
- Growth, manufacturing, and production
- After-sales service
*The activities allowable on a B-1 should be analyzed on a case by case basis. Please contact the firm for more information in regard to your particular case.
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Did you know?
Douglas M. Lightman, the principal and founding lawyer of Lightman Law Firm, is a proud member of the Bar of the State of New York and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
In addition, Mr. Lightman, has been listed as an immigration lawyer on the websites of both the British Consulate General at New York and the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
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