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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:
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 US business visa application form DS160.
Step 3. Pay the business visa application feeIn India, the fee can be paid only at an authorized HDFC bank branch. Pay the US Visa Fee and VFS service charges at any of the designated HDFC bank branches in India. You will need to submit a clear photocopy of the first page (bio-page) of your current passport to the bank when making your payment. The bank will issue you multiple copies of a visa fee receipt with a 10-digit barcode number. You will need the HDFC fee receipt barcode number to schedule your interview appointment. Please note, you are required to wait 24 hours from the date of purchase of your visa fee receipt before you can use it to schedule your interview appointment.
Read the complete visa fee details.
Step 4. Take appointment for visa interview
Use VFS website to set up an appointment with the US embassy or consulate where you will be applying for your business visa. You can also walk in to a VFS service center to set up your appointment.
See complete details of taking an appointment for business visa interview.
Step 5. 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.
Note: Following information is for Mumbai consulate applicants only
|Only applicants who are scheduled for an interview appointment at the US Consulate in Mumbai are required to submit their application packet to VFS US Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, or Pune at least 3 working days in advance of their interview date. You can view the documents required for submission under 'Non-immigrant Visas' for your specific purpose of travel. Submit your application packet well in advance of your scheduled interview appointment date. If you scheduled an interview appointment at a consular post other than Mumbai, you do not need to send any documents.|
Application packet to be submitted to VFS (for Mumbai consulate applicants only):
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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