The Business Visa Center's Role
The Business Visa Center, a part of Visa Services, in Washington, D.C., is a part of this effort to make visa information readily available. The Business Visa Center assists businesses located in the United States (U.S.) by providing information about the application process for business (B-1) visitor visa travel to the U.S.
As part of an ongoing effort, the BVC:
- Explains the visa process when U.S. companies invite employees or current and prospective business clients and partners to the U.S.
- Provides information to U.S. conference and meeting organizers that expect a large number of foreign visitors to the U.S. Additionally, where Visa Services has received notification by the U.S. organizer of the event, we continue to maintain the list of "Upcoming Conferences" to be held in the United States on our internal Department of State Intranet.
What the Business Visa Center Cannot Do
The Business Visa Center cannot:
- the processing of visa applications.
- Guarantee the issuance of a visa or decide the merits of an application for a visa. The Consular Officer at the Embassy or Consulate overseas will make those decisions during the application process.
-Having an event listed on the Upcoming Conferences web page also does not guarantee visa approval.
About the Visa Application Process
It’s important to understand some basics about steps in the visa process. U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 200 countries overseas continue to have the responsibility under immigration law for the acceptance and processing of visa applications, and decisions about issuance of visas for foreign citizens to travel to the U.S. The Business Visa Center does not change the steps in the visa process nor can it interfere in the visa process.
Improved information for businesses and the public, in the form of up-to-date details about wait times for interviews and visa processing times, is available on most U.S. Embassy and Consulate websites and www.travel.state.gov
How to Apply for a Visa
- Learn how to apply for a business related (B-1) visitor visa,
- Check on visa wait times for an interview appointment,
- Locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate worldwide, find out how to make an interview appointment, pay the visa application fee, and much more.
How to Contact Us
For inquiries falling within the scope of the Business Visa Center’s services, contact us:
Email: BusinessVisa@State.gov (preferred means of contact)
Phone: 202-663-3198 Hours: 8:30am to 5pm (EST) Monday – Friday.
For general visa information and to speak with a Visa Specialist, contact the Visa Office at:
Phone: 202-663-1225 Hours: 8:30am to 5pm (EST) Monday-Friday.