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What Is a Business Visa?
A business visa, also known as the B-1 visa, is a non-immigrant visa into the United States of America. A B-1 visa is required if you are planning to travel to the U.S. for a short period of time for a business-related reason that does not require actual labor or payment from a U.S. source.
The business visa covers, but is not limited to, the following activities:
- Consulting with business associates
- Attending scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions and conferences
- Negotiating a contract
- Taking part in short-term training
- Settling an estate
- Competing in an amateur athletic event
- Participating in professional athletic competitions where no payment other than prize money is received
- Undertaking religious activities such as missionary work,
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What Is the National Visa Center?
The National Visa Center is the branch that handles all resident immigrant applications after they've been submitted from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). In essence, this office is a processing center for national immigrant visas.
If you're applying for a green card in the United States, you deal with the National Visa Center, or NVC, eventually. The NVC is in Portsmouth, NH, and is part of the Department of State. It handles I-129F, I-130, I-140, I-360, I-526, I-600/A, I-730, and I-800 visa petitions.
How Petitions Are Handled
It can take up to six weeks for a petition to get from the USCIS to the National V
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What Are the B1 and B2 Visas?
The B1 and B2 visas are for visitors who travel to America and plan to go back to their home country afterward. They are good for short-term visits of up to one year. Specifically, the B1 visa is for business visits while the B2 visa is for pleasure, tourism, and medical visits. However, since many people wind up doing both, the two visas are often issued together as a joint B1/B2 visa. This means you can visit the country several times on both business trips and vacations if you want, and you won't have to worry about the details. There are no quotas or limits to the number of B1/B2 visas issued every year.
What Can You Do With a B1/B2 Visa?
While you can conduct business with a B1/B2 visa, it's important to remember there are certain things you can't do, since you need other visas to have permission to do them. Here is what you can do with a B1/B2 visa:
- Hire and fire a staff
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What Is a B-2 Visa?
This visa allows people from other countries to visit the United States. The B-2 visa is mainly for people traveling for pleasure. It's also known as a visitor visa. It's primarily for tourists.
What Is the Difference Between the B-1 and B-2 Visas?
When someone applies for a B visa, they must state the reason for their visit. A B-1 visa is for guests who are in the U.S. on business. A B-2 visa is mainly for travelers visiting the country for pleasure. An exception is sick people. They can enter the U.S. with a B-2 visa, listing their reason as medical treatment.
Who Needs a B-2 Visa?
The rules for international travel into the United States are complex. Someone flying in on a participating airline from a foreign country may not
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What is a Labor Condition Application?
The Labor Condition Application (LCA) is a form employers must file with the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) on behalf of employees applying for a nonimmigrant H-1B, H-1B1 (Singapore and Chile) or E-3 (Australia) work visa.
Employers submit Form ETA 9035/9035E to apply. If approved, the LCA is valid for up to three years of employment (two years for E-3).
What are an Employer’s Requirements for an LCA?
The main purpose of an LCA is for employers to attest to the employment details of H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 applicants. The Department of Labor requires employers maintain documentation supporting that the following four main labor conditions have been met:
- Wages and benefits. Employers must provide nonimmig