17,919 visas issued in 2020*
37,841 visas issued in 2019
21% of B-1 visas originate in Philippines
Source: U.S. Department of State
*2020 visa numbers reflect lower overall visa numbers because of Executive Action restricting certain visas specifically and reduced participation generally due to the coronavirus pandemic
Last updated Nov. 2015
The B-1 visa allows foreign nationals to visit the United States on business but generally prohibits work at a U.S. job. This visa is often used by travelers for short-term trips for meetings, conferences or business transactions. There is no annual cap or numerical limit on the number of B-1 visas available each year. It is not a work visa, and, generally speaking, it is not a standard avenue allowing foreign workers to come to the United States. However, it is broadly defined and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) routinely authorizes several categories of workers to labor in the United States.The categories are listed in the DOS’s Foreign Affairs Manual, which contains guidance and operating procedures for consular officials.