Obtaining a business visa for the US from Canada

If you are a Canadian citizen who has a business meeting in the United States, you may be required to obtain a business visitor’s visa before you are able to enter the country for your meeting. B1 Business Visitor Visa

A B1 business visitors visa is different than an average visitor visa, as it is meant specifically for business activities. However, it is not the same as a work permit and applicants for this visa must actually prove that they do not intend to enter the United States to work in any capacity.

What can I do on a B1 business visitor visa?

Some examples of activities that are allowed on a B1 business visitor visa are attending business meetings, consulting with your associates, attending business conferences and conventions, negotiating contracts with United States associates, investigating business opportunities or purchasing property in the United States. There is also a long list of additional activities that someone can engage in while on the B1 business visitor visa under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

If you are a Canadian citizen, you are able to get your United States B1 business visitor visa at the border. However, this is not always easy as you will have to bring all kinds of different supporting documentation with you when you do. For example, you must be able to demonstrate to the United States border officials that you are only going to the United States on a temporary stay and that you are not going to be working. You must prove you will only be engaging in allowed business activities, and that you intend to return to Canada when you’re done. Evidence of your strong ties to Canada will have to be shown in order for you to obtain your visa.

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