Business (B-1) Visas May Become Harder to Get
USCIS is developing rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes to continue implementing President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order.
One priority area is the Business (B-1) and Tourist (B-2) visa programs. USCIS has proposed regulatory changes to restrict the criteria for these classifications. These changes could limit permissible business activities. USCIS is also considering changes to the B-1 in Lieu of H visas.
Following a discussion with the Departments of State, Labor, and Homeland Security in May, Congressman Paul Mitchell released the following statement:
“It’s important that we identify, examine, and fight the fraudulent use of visas by employers. Specific visas are designed for specific purposes, and when companies abuse or deceive the visa system, they hurt American workers and the American economy, as well as the foreign workers they hire under fraudulent pretenses.”
Currently, the B-1 visa allows entry for a variety of purposes, such as consulting with business associates; attending a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference; settling an estate; and negotiating a contract. However, it does not allow the visa holders to work.Share