I am applying for a B1 visa to negotiate a new business deal in the United States between my foreign company and a US-based company. The US company, who is the investing partner, will petition for me and cover all of my expenses.
Application time is apparently 1-5 months but I want to visit some friends in the US before that. My passport can get me a VWP (90 days for tourism purposes).
If I apply for a B1 and then go to visit the USA, will USCIS see this as a weird move and will it effect my eligibility to get the B1 visa? Also, what if my friends and the business sponsoring my B1 are in the same state?
Any relevant advice will be greatly appreciated 🙏