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Hello,

Wasn’t quite sure where to post this so if it needs to be moved please do so.

My mother in law was a caretaker in the Bahamas for 5+ and recently applied for and received a B-1 visa. She really has no idea about what this visa entitles her to or what she can do on this visa. Does anyone have a general knowledge of a B-1? How long can she stay in the US? Does she have to have work lined up before arriving? Does she have to prove that she is working and not just here for pleasure? She would like to do caretaker/hospice type work and I know I read somewhere that domestic servants on a B-1 visa would have to apply for work authorization. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Jamie :star:

Edited by Jme3584

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Hello,

Wasn’t quite sure where to post this so if it needs to be moved please do so.

My mother in law was a caretaker in the Bahamas for 5+ and recently applied for and received a B-1 visa. She really has no idea about what this visa entitles her to or what she can do on this visa. Does anyone have a general knowledge of a B-1? How long can she stay in the US? Does she have to have work lined up before arriving? Does she have to prove that she is working and not just here for pleasure? She would like to do caretaker/hospice type work and I know I read somewhere that domestic servants on a B-1 visa would have to apply for work authorization. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Jamie :star:

While in the US as a business visitor, an individual may:

Conduct Negotiations

Solicit sales or investment

Discuss planned investment or purchases.

Make investments or purchases

Attend Meetings, and participate in them fully.

Interview and hire staff.

Conduct research.

The following activities require a working visa, and may not be carried out by business visitors:

Running a business.

"Gainful employment".

Payment by an organization within the US.

Participating as a professional in entertainment or sporting events.

http://www.workpermit.com/us/employer_b1_b2.htm


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A working visa for "gainful employment" is H1B and is applied for by the employer


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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A working visa for "gainful employment" is H1B and is applied for by the employer

A B1 is for incidental business. Meaning if she needed to attend a meeting or visit clients she could use the B1 to do that... it used for those people who need to visit the US on business purposes...

It is not used for employment in the US. For that she will have to get an employment visa such as a L, H or even E visa.

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Thanks for the help! So just to clarify...she thinks she can just come to the states and work but that would be against the rules/regulations of the visa? Correct? She would need to get a different visa to actually obtain a job here. The B1 visa is more for employees that need to do business in the US but they are already employed...not looking for work.

Do I have that clear?

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Thanks for the help! So just to clarify...she thinks she can just come to the states and work but that would be against the rules/regulations of the visa? Correct? She would need to get a different visa to actually obtain a job here. The B1 visa is more for employees that need to do business in the US but they are already employed...not looking for work.

Do I have that clear?

Yes..


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Sorry for another question....

If she has no job or any sort of employment why would they let her through the POE? Wouldn't they turn her away because she plans on working yet isn't employed and doesn't qualify according to a B1?

Sorry still just a little confused :wacko:

Thanks

Jamie :star:

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