B-1 and B-2 Visas
San Francisco Immigration
Dedicated to global immigration law, the Warren Law Firm helps both U.S. employers and foreign national professionals obtain a variety of visas so they can work in America temporarily on a short- or long-term basis.
- B-1 and B-2 Visas – Visas for Temporary Business Visitors and Temporary Tourists. The B-1 Visa is issued to those seeking entry for business purposes, while the B-2 Visa is issued to those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes. These two Visa categories are typically combined and issued as a “B1/B2 Visa”, usually valid for a temporary visit for either business or pleasure, or a combination of the two.
- B-1 Visas may be issued for a period long enough to allow a visitor to conduct his or her business and are usually granted for three months or less, while B-2 Visas are generally granted for six months.
- In addition, a Border Crossing Card (BCC), sometimes called a Laser Visa, is valid for 10 years and functions as both a BCC and a B1/B2 Visitor’s Visa.
- You may be eligible for a B-1 Visa if you are:
– Consulting with business associates
– Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or a conference on specific dates
– Settling an estate
– Negotiating a contract
– Participating in short-term training
– Transiting through the United States: certain persons may transit the United States with a B-1 visa
– Deadheading: certain air crewmen may enter the United States as deadhead crew with a B-1 visa
- To qualify for a B-1 Visa, you must demonstrate that:
– The purpose of your trip is to enter the U.S. for business of a legitimate nature
– You plan to remain for a specific limited period of time
– You have the funds to cover the expenses of the trip and your stay in the U.S.
– You have a residence outside the U.S. in which you have no intention of abandoning, as well as other binding ties which will ensure your return abroad at the end of the visit
– You are otherwise admissible to the U.S. Read more.
- You may be eligible for a B-2 Visa if you are:
– A student, temporary worker, journalist or person who is planning to travel in the U.S. for a purpose other than that permitted on a visitor visa.
- To qualify for a B-2 Visa, you must demonstrate that:
– The purpose of your trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment
– You plan to remain for a specific, limited period of time
– You have evidence of funds to cover your expenses in the U.S.
– You have evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad
– You have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will ensure your return abroad at the end of the visit. Read more.
To apply for a B-1 or B-2 Visa, contact Warren Law Firm.