There is a very fast and relatively simple means for Canadians to enter the United States for business-like activities with the B-1 Visa. Keep in mind, however, that although this process is meant to offer a quicker solution for immigration, there are still specific requirements that need to be fulfilled. Once your application is in the hands of an immigration officer, you can only cross your fingers that you have prepared everything correctly.
At Niren & Associates, we remove much of the uncertainty by ensuring that all your paperwork is filled out and submitted properly. Our immigration lawyers have extensive knowledge of immigration matters on both sides of the border, and we have handled hundreds of thousands of successful applications over the years.
“I want you to know how much I appreciated your quick response in arranging a US Border crossing package for me. I was granted a B-1 Visa, and I give credit to Niren & Associates for the excellent work you did in preparing the US entry package, which allowed me entrance to the USA.” – Everett M.
Many Activities are Available to Successful B-1 Applicants
As long as the applicant does not “engage the U.S. labor market”, there are many different business opportunities for Canadians.
Under NAFTA, people with B-1 status may perform the following activities:
- Attend business meetings
- Consult with associates
- Attend business conferences and conventions
- Negotiate contracts
- Investigate business opportunities
- Purchase property in the U.S
- Research and design, including technical, scientific, and statistical research.
- 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.
- After-sales service, including installers, repair and maintenance personnel, and supervisors possessing specialized knowledge essential to the seller’s contractual obligation, performing services or training workers to perform such services pursuant to a warranty or other service contract incidental to the sale of commercial or industrial equipment or machinery, including computer software purchased from an enterprise located outside the country, during the life of the warranty or service agreement.
How do you obtain a B-1 Visa?
Canadian Citizens may obtain a B-1 Visa at a U.S/Canadian port of entry.
B-1 applicants may be advised to present the following documentation in support of their B-1 case:
- Evidence of ties to Canada such as bank records
- Evidence of close family relatives
- Property deeds and any other documentation that shows that the applicant will return to Canada before or upon the expiry of B-1 status.
- Documents showing that the applicant will be engaging in permissible B-1 activities
Since there is such a large variety of business activities to pursue with the B-1 visa, it is often unclear as to which documents are necessary. Especially when Canadians apply at the border, it is essential that the correct documents are present, or your case will be denied.
That is why a consultation with our lawyers will increase your chances for success, as we can determine what documentation is needed for your specific immigration needs.
“As with all service based companies, communications are a critical component of success and Niren and Associates clearly understands this with comprehensive follow-up and attention to detail regardless of the communication format. Niren and Associates’ professional knowledge and advice was recently demonstrated and confirmed when a one of our consultants was delayed at the border but subsequently allowed entry based upon her business visitor package.” – Troy B.