Rotation and Visitation for Executives, Key Managers, and Consultants

Including B-1, H-3, L-1

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Larger companies need to facilitate the international travel of executives and key personnel to connect with industry opinion leaders, client representatives, vendor and distribution channel leads, connections for new development opportunities, as well as a host of other related stakeholders. Entrepreneurs with growing companies facing international expansion need the flexibility to explore business opportunities in the United States.

B-1 Business Visitors (WB Visa Waivers)

Foreign nationals can come to the United States for business meetings, board meetings, seminars, conferences, or other very short-term business purposes. Consultants may come to the U.S. as a visitor to provide education to corporate employees. Investors and entrepreneurs may come to the U.S. to explore setting up business operations in the U.S. However, the scope of activities for business visitors is extremely limited. Business visitors cannot engage in the normal operations of a U.S. business or any other activities that would normally be compensated work in the U.S.

Business visitors from many of the close allies of the U.S., such as Japan, Australia, Chile, Britain, and many European countries, may not require an appointment to apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate outside the U.S. However, such visitors (who enter in WB status), are still subject to examination on entry to the U.S. If a visa waiver-eligible individual is denied entry, the individual will be required to apply for a visa in the future.

Whether applying for admission at an airport under the Visa Waiver Program, applying for a visa at a U.S. consulate, or even entering the U.S. with a B visa, a business visitor should have clear evidence of the purpose, duration, and intended activities during the business visit.

H-3 Training for Executives???

Wise men say that life is a learning experience, right? The H-3 visa is available for trainees, which can include people learning about the culture and specific business practices of a company. Even executives can have a learning curve, and many foreign executives legitimately require time at, say, a U.S. Headquarters in order to engage in mentorship with the company's top thought leaders and develop a sense of the corporate ethos. H-3 training is limited, though to shorter periods of around six to eighteen months.

H-3 training is specifically directed towards employees who will be using their training outside the U.S., so Permanent Residence is not contemplated under H-3 provisions.

L-1 Temporary Stay for Executives and Managers

L-1 status can be a highly versatile and functional status for rotating managers or others with commitments split between multiple countries. L-1 status requires an offer of employment that, due to legal multiple requirements, must approximate full time employment. However, L-1 status does not have many of the very specific requirements of H-1B in terms of labor and compliance restrictions. Additionally, L-1 provides flexible options for continuing employment abroad.

Find out more about L-1 status here.