Global Work + Global Travel =
Visas/Work Permits are not always simple; avoid delays and penalties
by planning ahead. — Vyoma Nair
Increased globalization brings increased travel and along Documents needed: Completed visa application form, valid
with it the need to obtain work visas and residence permits. passport, two passport photographs, Green Card (if appli-
Not having the correct information or missing documents cable), copy of U.S. driver’s license or other state-issued
can mean weeks of delay when one is turned back at the bor- identification card, flight itinerary clearly showing date
der. In some cases, it can even cause significant penalties. of departure from India, invitation from Indian Company
in India, letter from a U.S. company indicating purpose of
Here are immigration requirements of a few countries sum- travel, visa fee.
marized for short-term business travel (e.g. travel to attend
meetings, travel for fact finding, travel for transacting some Netherlands
business or buying or selling goods). U.S. citizens do not require a visa for business travel if their
stay does not exceed 90 days in the year. If the stay exceeds
Brazil 90 days then a Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV) or tem-
Brazil issues VITEM II visas, which allow a maximum stay of porary residence permit is required to enter Netherlands for
90 days per visit, maximum 180 days in a year. These visas a Green Card holder but not for a U.S. citizen.
are valid for five years. There are no exemptions for U.S. citi-
zens. Documents needed: Completed visa application form However, a residence permit, Verblijfsvergunning, is requi-
explaining purpose of trip, valid passport, recent passport red to live in Netherlands and, for non-EU citizens, a work
photo, Green Card (if applicable), letter from employer or permit may also be required. The residence permit is gener-
sponsoring company on letterhead stating nature of busi- ally issued for a maximum of one year at a time for a total
ness to be conducted by applicant in Brazil, possibly yellow maximum period of five years. The residence permit is
fever vaccination certificate, visa fee. obtained by submitting a completed residence permit appli-
cation form with passport and application fee to the Aliens
China Police. It is also necessary to register at the City Hall.
China issues F visas, which allow a stay of up to 30 days per
visit and can have validity up to one year. There are no exemp- United Kingdom
tions for U.S. citizens. Documents needed: Completed visa U.S. citizens do not require a visa for business travel as long
application form, valid passport, passport photo, Green Card as their stay does not exceed six months in a year. The U.K.
(if applicable), invitation letter from host company or intro- government is currently considering reducing this period to
ductory letter from U.S. company, visa fee. three months.
India issues a business visa for short-term business travel For more information on working and expanding overseas
allowing multiple entry for up to 10 years for U.S. citizens. without risk, please visit www.theoutsourceexperts.com
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