Business Visa Help

The type of travel visa you need to obtain when traveling abroad is dependent upon the purpose of your travel. A business visa is required if you are traveling to a foreign country for a variety of business related activities, including attending a conference, consulting with business associates, attending meetings and many more. Some countries allow you to apply by mail, while others require you to apply in person. If you are required to apply in person, find out if you must make an appointment before you go. Foreign consulates have a limited number of appointments available each day for accepting visa applications. The times it takes to process an application varies by country, so it is important to leave enough time before you are scheduled to travel to receive your visa. Approval of your visa application is at the sole discretion of the consulate.

Application Requirements

Although the requirements for obtaining a business visa vary based on the country you visit, here are some basic items that are required to obtain a visa for many countries:

  • A completed application form. It is very important that your application is complete and accurate. If there are any errors or missing information, the issuance of your visa will be delayed, and your application may be rejected outright
  • A current, valid passport. Many countries require you to have a certain amount of validity remaining on your passport before they will issue you a visa. If your passport does not have the requisite amount of validity remaining, you will be required to renew your passport before your business visa will be issued
  • Blank visa pages. Many countries require that you have a certain amount of blank visa pages remaining in your passport book before they will issue a visa
  • Passport size photoM
  • A copy of your travel itinerary showing round trip travel plans. In general, you should not provide your original itinerary
  • A letter from your employer on company letterhead outlining the purpose of your trip, the duration of your trip and who/what company you will be visiting
  • All applicable visa fees
  • Additional country-specific requirements as necessary
  • Do It Yourself

    If you choose to obtain your visa on your own, some countries will allow you to apply by mail. However, most require you to apply in person at an embassy or consulate. In general, countries only have a handful of consulates throughout the United States, located in large metropolitan areas. If you do apply for your business visa at an embassy or consulate you will likely face large crowds and long lines. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of applying in person or you don’t live near an embassy or consulate, you can have a professional visa expediting service like “company name” apply for your visa on your behalf.

    Get Your Visa Expedited

    Visa agencies are authorized by foreign embassies and consulates to submit visa applications on behalf of their clients. Professional visa expediters take the worry out of the application process. They are familiar with the requirements of each country, and they can help you navigate the requirements of the country you are visiting. This is critical because if you do not complete your application properly, it will delay the processing of your business visa or your application could be rejected altogether. As a result, you may be forced to delay or cancel your travel plans. When your application is complete and it has been reviewed to make sure it contains all of the required information, the expediter will submit your application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for you. When your visa has been issued, they will mail it to you. A professional visa service can help streamline the application process and ensure you have your visa when you need it, so you can travel as scheduled.

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