What is a Business Visa and How to Apply for One


Business Visa also known as a B1 visa –  is a non-immigrant visa to the USA. It is available for anyone who would like to travel to the U.S. for a short period of time for business related reasons that do not require actual labor work or receiving payment from any U.S. company. A business visa is appropriate for a variety of activities of a commercial or professional nature including, but not limited to:

  • Attending a scientific, educational, professional or business convention or conference on specific dates;
  • Participating in sporting or charity events;
  • Collaboration on independent research at a scientific or educational institution;
  • Short- term training;
  • Meetings with the business partners or negotiating a contract;
  • Settling an estate;
  • Transiting through the U.S. under certain conditions.

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Transit Visa. Do You Need a C Visa to Pass through the United States?

Transit Visas of C type are non-immigrant visas for persons traveling an immediate and continuous transit through the United States enroute to another country. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security there were 165 million non-immigrant admissions to the United States in 2012 and 313,414 of these admissions were Transit Visas.


Travel purposes which require a Transit Visa

  1. Generally you need a transit visa if you are a foreign citizen that travels to anotherCarnival-Triumph_2477610b country and has a brief layover in the U.S.A.
  2. If you are a passenger embarking from a foreign port on a cruise ship or other vessel which is proceeding to another country.
  3. A crew member traveling to the U.S. as a passenger to join a ship or aircraft he or she will work on.
  4. A foreign citizen proceeds and immediate and continuous transit through the United States to or from the United Nations Headquarters District.

A C visa is issued for no longer than 29 days.

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More Than 24 Million Tourist Visas Were Issued During 2012

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security there were 165 million non-immigrant admissions to the United States, 24.476.086 of these admissions were Tourist Visas. A tourist visa is issued for activities such as tourism, vacation, visit of friend or relatives, medical treatment, participation in social events or enrollment in a short recreational course of study.


For such purposes as study, employment, permanent residence in the U.S.A., paid performances in front of an audience or work as a foreign media representative, you need a special and different type of visa.


In order to obtain a visa the applicant must show:

  • his or her bank statement as an evidence of the economic ability to pay for the trip
  • intent to return home
  • strong ties to home country (job, spouse, property)

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