Steffanie J LewisImmigration Attorney
A B-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business. You must demonstrate that you plan to remain for a specific limited period of time for business of a legitimate nature, and you have a residence outside the United States in which you have no intention of abandoning. Evidence of additional binding ties will ensure your return to your country abroad at the end of the visit. With a pending EB-5 petition, it does become more difficult to persuade the consulate officer that you will return in a timely manner to your country, but it does not automatically bar you from travel to the United States. If the business was begun after 1990, you can retroactively apply for EB-5 by showing that you have invested $1 million in a new commercial enterprise and the investment created at least 10 full time jobs.