Do I Need a Work Visa for business meetings in LA?

Ah, Los Angeles! LA is a huge hub for international business in the United States. As such, people from across the globe are constantly needing to travel to LA for business meetings and conventions.

But what does someone require to travel to LA for business? They don’t need a work permit, because work permits are necessary if you are working in the US or earning money from a US employer. Since you are just conducting business for a foreign company outside of the United States, you will need a business visitor visa or a B1 visa.

What are B1 business visa activities?

Examples of permissible B1 business visa activities include negotiating contracts, consulting with your associates, going to conventions and conferences or buying American properties.

One big issue with the business visitor visa for the United States is that the government needs to be absolutely certain that you are:

1. Not going to overstay your visa.
2. Not going to be working in the United States or doing anything other than permissible B1 visa activities.

So while your activities might qualify you for a business visitor visa, you will not actually be given one unless you can prove to the government that you will not be doing those things. To do so, you’ll need to provide additional information in the form of:

1. Proof of what you’ll be doing in the United States as evidenced by a letter from your employer detailing your itinerary from entry into the United States to your exit.

2. Proof that you have good reason to go back home after your trip, as evidenced by proof of what’s waiting for you in your home country such as family, a home or a job.

3. Proof that you will only be engaged in acceptable business visa activities.

Do not leave your business visitor visa to chance! We can help you obtain one so you don’t miss an important meeting. Please contact us right away when you know you’ll need to travel!

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