USA Business Visa (B1 Visa) is for business purpose. People who want to visit USA for certain kinds of "business" related travel can apply for Business visa.
The general definition of "business" under immigration law is limited to :
Qualifying for Business B1 visa?
Business visa applicant must demonstrate that :
What you ought to know about B-1 visa:
All business visa applicants require to be interviewed by a US Consulate, before being granted the business visa. All applicant must apply for B1 visa and setup a personal interview for B1 visa.
Following is the business visa application and business visa stamping process for applying for a USA business visa from India.
Step 1. Get a digital photograph of each applicant
A digital photograph is required for while applying for a US business visa. The photograph must meet certain criteria. A good photographer or studio can get this picture if you mention photograph needed for US business visa purpose.
The digital photograph must meet the following requirements:
See the complete photograph requirements for US business visa.
Please Note: Some embassies or consulates no longer require you to upload a digital photograph while filling out the DS-160 form. In such cases, the photograph will taken at the OFC (offsite facilitation center) or ASC (Application Service Center) along with the fingerprint at Visa Application Center.
Step 2. Complete business visa application form DS160
Business visa application (Form DS160) must be completed online, over the internet. You can complete the application here.
After successfully completing the application, you will receive a confirmation with a 10-digit barcode. Take a printout of this page. This will be needed for setting up your visa interview appointment.
See details on how to fill business visa application form DS160.
Step 3. Pay the business visa application feeThe fee can be paid either electronically as a bank transfer or in cash at designated CitiBank or Axis bank branches throughout the India. In order to ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in a timely manner, first create a profile at US visa Service website and choose the Schedule Appointment option. On the payment confirmation screen you will be presented with payment options and further details of how to initiate payment. The fee is good for a year from the date of payment. You must take an appointment within a year for your visa interview.
Read complete details about US business visa fee.
Step 4. Take appointment for visa interview
After you pay the fees, you will have to schedule 2 appointments as part of the visitor visa process. The two-part appointment process consists of an appointment with one of the five Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) to give Biometrics information that includes fingerprinting and photograph , and second an appointment with the Consulate or Embassy for a personal visa interview.
Take online visa appointment at official website for US visa appointment.(www.ustraveldocs.com/in).
See complete details of talking an US Business Visa Interview Appointment.
Step 5. US Visa Fingerprinting at Visa Application Center (VAC)After taking appointment with the consulate or embassy for personal interview, schedule the fingerprinting appointment at least a day or two before the interview at the consulate. Earlier, the fingerprints were taken during the personal interview. But under the new rules you are required to give the Biometrics information at the VAC appointment. This measure has been introduced to reduce congestion at the US consular facilities and to speed up the applicant processing. Schedule the visa interview appointment at the Consulate or Embassy prior to the VAC appointment.
See complete details for Business Visa Fingerprinting Process.
Step 6. Go for visa interview at designated US consulate
On the day and time of your appointment for interview, go to the consulate where your interview is scheduled. Carry all mandatory and supporting documents and originals.
Carry the following to your interview:
See complete details of the business visa interview process.
Applicants applying for business visa, working for a shipping company or airline, need to submit a company letter in original.
Applicants applying for the visa in order to travel with their employer as a domestic worker must submit a copy of the contract between them and the employer, as well as a copt of the employer's visa and passport.
Applicants joining their husband or parent on board a ship need a letter from the shipping company and the principal's visa copy.
Visa renewal applicants must submit a copy of the previous expired US visa stamped on their passport.
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