A B-1 Visa is a visitor's visa for business purposes. A business visitor may not perform productive work in the U.S., may not directly manage a U.S. business and may not receive wages from a U.S. source. The business visitor is permitted to engage in meetings and consultations with business associates, attend non-productive training, professional conferences and meetings to incorporate a business in the U.S., and to acquire property in the U.S.
A B-2 Visitor enters the U.S. for purposes of travel, tourism and recreation.
The criteria for obtaining a Visitors (B-1/B-2) Visa are as follows:
Must have a residence in a foreign country;
Have no intention of abandoning same;
Temporarily visiting the U.S. for pleasure or business;
Must demonstrate intention to depart the U.S. at expiration of requested stay;
Must show employment, family and social ties to residence abroad;
Must show evidence of ability to provide for your care, comfort and support while visiting in the United States;
May be admitted to the U.S. for an initial period of six months;
May not be employed or operate your own business in the U.S. while on a Visitors Visa;
May not legally use a Visitors Visa to live permanently in the United States.