Temp Work Visa - Which One?

Old Nov 22nd 2009, 10:42 pm
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Hello all,

First post in the US forum, I'm a British citizen living in Toronto on a temp visa but applying for residency in Canada.

I work for a small consulting firm (have 2.5 years of experience in this field) and am due to work on a client in the US next year. I'm likely to be heading down and back once to twice a week for 3 months and once every 2-3 weeks after that.

I'm not very knowledgeable on the US visas, can anyone suggest which will be the most suitable option to go for?

Thanks in advance,

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Old Nov 22nd 2009, 11:58 pm
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Hello all,

First post in the US forum, I'm a British citizen living in Toronto on a temp visa but applying for residency in Canada.

I work for a small consulting firm (have 2.5 years of experience in this field) and am due to work on a client in the US next year. I'm likely to be heading down and back once to twice a week for 3 months and once every 2-3 weeks after that.

I'm not very knowledgeable on the US visas, can anyone suggest which will be the most suitable option to go for?

Thanks in advance,

Michael
Hi:

A qualified lawyer in US immigration law is in an excellent position to do that. The best people would those lawyers practicing either in Canada or along the northern border in places like Detroit or Buffalo.

Your post suggest multiple ways of doing it -- and the best answer might very well depend upon the facts.

Good luck.
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Thanks for that, I'm actually due to see a Canadian based US immigration lawyer on Tuesday but not knowing the system, was interested to have some steer as to whether I'm eligible for a visa or not, so thanks for suggesting that there are suitable options out there!

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... was interested to have some steer as to whether I'm eligible for a visa or not, so thanks for suggesting that there are suitable options out there!
Among those options is a B-1 visa - so check that out.

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Thanks for that Ian. I've just received an email from the lawyer I'm due to meet with today saying that it i going to be tough to get me a visa as my company does not have a US entity and with me being a British citizen (NAFTA not applicable and TN not possible).

Are you able to suggest any other visas that may be applicable so that I am able to make some suggestions when I speak with the lawyer this afternoon?

Thanks again,

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Are you able to suggest any other visas that may be applicable so that I am able to make some suggestions when I speak with the lawyer this afternoon?
I don't have another visa in mind, but be sure to use the word "business" rather than "work" in any paperwork *and* at the border when crossing. There's a huge difference between "I'm here for work" and "I'm here for business".

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Thanks for that Ian. I've just received an email from the lawyer I'm due to meet with today saying that it i going to be tough to get me a visa as my company does not have a US entity and with me being a British citizen (NAFTA not applicable and TN not possible).

Are you able to suggest any other visas that may be applicable so that I am able to make some suggestions when I speak with the lawyer this afternoon?

Thanks again,

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If the lawyer thinks your activities don't fall under the B-1 rules, maybe you need to re-think your US assignment?
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Thanks for that Ian. I've just received an email from the lawyer I'm due to meet with today saying that it i going to be tough to get me a visa as my company does not have a US entity and with me being a British citizen (NAFTA not applicable and TN not possible).

Are you able to suggest any other visas that may be applicable so that I am able to make some suggestions when I speak with the lawyer this afternoon?
Other options could perhaps include: L1 (after 12 months of working for your company), H1-B, E1 or E2, or even an O visa.

Otherwise you may have to wait for your Canadian citizenship.
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