Do I need a B-1 Visa to do business in the US as a Canadian Citizen?

If you are a Canadian who wants to work or conduct business in the United States, you will need to obtain a US work visa. There are many different types of US work visas, each with their own specific requirements and purpose. You may find that a B-1 business visa for the United States is perfect for you if you want to do some business in the United States as a Canadian Citizen. B-1 Visa

What is a B-1 Visa for?

A B-1 business visa for the United States allows you to conduct specific business activities in the United States, but not to work for a US employer or be paid by a US employer. For example, on a B-1 visa you may:

Purchase property in the US
Investigate business opportunities
Negotiate contracts
Attend business conferences and conventions’
Consult with business associates
Attend business meetings

In addition, if you are a Canadian Citizen you may engage in other business-related activities, including:

Growth, manufacturing, and production, including harvest owners supervising harvesting crews and purchasing and production management personnel conducting commercial transactions.

Marketing, including market researchers and analysts and trade fair and promotional personnel attending trade conventions.

Sales, including sales representatives and agents taking orders and negotiating contracts for goods or services, but not delivering goods or providing services; buyers purchasing for an enterprise located in Canada.
Distribution, including transportation operators delivering to, or loading and transporting from Canada or the United States, with no intermediate loading or delivery within the United States; customs brokers performing brokerage duties associated with the export of goods.

And more. However, it’s not always crystal clear what you can and cannot do on a B-1 visa. You may even need a US work permit depending on what you want to do while you’re in the United States. Contact one of our immigration lawyers using the form on the right, and we can tell yo which option is right for you!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.



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