Can I Provide Training in Austin on a B-1 Visa in 2012?

If you want to come to the United States for business purposes, you may require a B-1 Business Visitor Visa. A B-1 Business Visitor Visa is different from a work permit or work visa, in that you won’t be working in the United States for an American employer or earning an income paid by a United States employer.

Is providing training a valid reason for obtaining a B-1 Business visa?

The activities that can and cannot be performed on a B-1 Business visitor visa for the United States are not always clear. You may be able to train workers for after-sales service such as repair and maintenance personnel, but you are not allowed to be paid by a US employer to train their employees.

Other activities you can do on a B-1 business visitor visa to the United States include:

Attending business meetings
Consulting with associates
Attending business conferences and conventions
Negotiating contracts
Investigating business opportunities
Purchasing property in the United States
Research and design, including technical, scientific and statistical research.

There are also a large number of other permitted activities that you can do in the United States pursuant to NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Should I get a B-1 visa or a United States work permit?

Every situation is unique. Whether or not you should obtain a B-1 business visa for the United States or a US work permit depends greatly on your circumstances and exact reasons for visiting the United States. Give us a call at the number above, and provide us with more details on your case – we can answer this for you.

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