FAQ: B-1 Visa

Q: What is a B-1 Visa?

A.  The B-1 visa is for business travel such as to consult with business associates, attend a scientific, educational, professional or business conference, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract. The definition of “business” in this instance is limited, and does not generally allow for gainful employment.

Citizens of one of the 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program can apply to obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Unlike the B-1 visa, the ESTA is not a visa and it does not meet the legal requirements to serve in lieu of a U.S. visa when a visa is required. Click here to read more.