Here you can find selected questions and answers about the B-1 visa
What is a B-1 visa?
The B-1 visa is a business visitor visa. It allows you to stay in the U.S. between 90 and 180 days and is categorized as a nonimmigrant visa.
What is the difference between a B-1 visa and the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
Essentially, the same rules apply for both types of visas. With the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you can stay up to 90 days in the U.S. With the B-1/B-2 visa, you can extend your stay from 90 days to 180 days.
How long does it take until I receive my B-1 visa?
With the help of our service, the preparation should take approximately five working days, if we have all of the required documents. From our experience, it takes two weeks until there is an available appointment at a U.S. Consulate (in Munich and Frankfurt) or at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.
How long can I stay in the U.S. with my B-1 visa?
The maximum length of stay per trip cannot be more than 180 days.
How do I apply for a B-1/B-2 visa?
We have multiple years of experience in this area and would be happy to support you with the visa application. If you have more questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail.
Can I extend my B-1 visa?
The first aspect that needs to be clarified is the type of extension. All visas have an expiration date. If this has passed, then you will have to apply for another visa. We would gladly help with this.
If you entered the U.S. with a B-1/B-2 visa and you would like to stay longer than 180 days, your stay can be extended without having to leave the country. We would gladly advise you about this!
What are the most common reasons for a rejection/denial of entry?
Various instances in the past show that the causes often come from the traveler. A lack of preparation and inadequate knowledge of visa regulations are among the most common reasons. In order to avoid a rejection as well as additional costs, the visa application should be professionally planned and processed.
What happens if my visa application is rejected?
If you tried to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa on your own and were rejected, you most likely cannot travel to the U.S. until this has been clarified. Contact us in order to see how to proceed.
Do I have a chance to receive a visa, even though my visa was rejected?
The reason for rejection must be analyzed. As soon as this has been clarified and the applicant has fulfilled all of the rest of the visa requirements, a new application can be processed.
How can I prevent a rejection?
You must be fully prepared, which we will make sure of! We will be happy to support you.
As a company, am I responsible if my employees are not prepared?
A company has a certain precautionary measures regarding its employees. The company should inform its employees of visa regulations. This can be via personal consultations or group seminars. If an employee rejected or is denied entry to the U.S., the company will ultimately have to overcome this problem. This goes for business trips as well as for vacation trips in the U.S.
Are Industrial workers allowed to work in the U.S.?
No, this area has special rules. Generally speaking, a B-1 visa holder is not allowed to work. Ask us to advise you about this.
Are there differences between employees in different departments (Administration/Customer Service/Assembly)?
Yes, there are different rules for every department, which need to be individually considered.
What do I have to consider I am self-employed?
This is a quite complicated topic and cannot be generalized. Each case should be evaluated and processed individually, considering all information.