These tips are designed to save all parties involved time and financial resources associated with international business travel.
Applying for your visa:
- Complete all immigration related applications and documents as accurately and truthfully as possible. Be advised that immigration authorities worldwide share travel and background information.
- Immigration Alert: For travelers coming into the U.S., note that the State Department is now requiring both temporary and permanent visa applicants to list their social media account on visa applications.
- Advise your HR contact/manager and immigration attorneys of any issue that has even a slight chance of causing problems with your immigration process (past criminal history, travel bans, visa overstays in any country, etc.)
Prepare for your trip:
- Carry all documents provided to you by your company and attorneys while traveling including:
- A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of intended departure from the U.S.;
- Flight itineraries;
- Invitation and sponsor letters;
- Address of your accommodations in the destination country;
- A valid U.S. visa (if applicable);
- The original Form I-797, Notice of Approval (for non-immigrant petition-based cases);
- A valid advance parole for pending adjustment of status applicants (or a valid H-1B/H-4 or L-1/L-2 visa);
Your company should provide you with the necessary business-related immigration documents before you travel. Personally review the documents provided to you by your company and ask questions if anything is unclear before departing.
- Be prepared for a search of your belongings, including electronic devices, by immigration officers at the border.
- Any information that, if made public, would compromise corporate security should not be contained on travelers’ devices.
- Know the information of the key company contacts and immigration attorneys in case problems arise during travel or at the border.
- Be able to explain the purpose of your business travel to the immigration officer. Familiarize yourself with your job duties and be able to answer detailed and specific questions about your work activities in the destination country.
- Send a copy of all documents provided to you by immigration officers to your company and immigration attorneys, including a copy of the visa stamp placed in your passport. It is important that your company and the attorneys are aware of any limitations on your visa/work permit and the validity period.
- Do not overstay your visa or perform activities not allowed under your work permit.
- If you are not sure about the activities you are permitted to perform under the type of visa or work permit you have, please check with your company contact and/or immigration attorney.