The B-1 and B-2 are temporary visas for non-immigrants. B-1 and B-2
non-immigrants can be admitted for an initial period of up to 6 months.
This time period will be reflected on Form I-94.
A B-1 petition is filed for persons who are coming to the U.S. primarily
to benefit an overseas Employer. B-1s cannot receive a salary or payment
from any U.S. employer or other source other than reimbursement for
expenses accrued. Moreover, the list of permissible activities for
persons holding a B-1 are very limited. Any activities performed must
benefit a foreign employer as opposed to a United States Corporation or
business. Additionally, the work performed should occur outside of the
United States in the visa holder's home country. The list of permissible
activities may include:
engaging in commercial transactions not U.S. employment such as
seeking and taking sales orders from domestic companies, making
purchases of equipment or supplies;
negotiating contracts for a foreign employer;
consulting with business associates;
engaging in litigation;
attending training programs;
participating in scientific, educational, professional or business
conventions or conferences.
The rules regarding B-1 activities for Canadian citizens are much more
broad than for other B-1 non-immigrants. They are often allowed to enter
the United States without an I-94
A B-2 is for persons
who are entering for personal reasons.
Often the B-2 is used
for relatives of a B-1 visa holder.
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