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Global Work + Global Travel = Global Hassles Visas/Work Permits are not always simple; avoid delays and penalties by planning ahead. — Vyoma Nair Increased globalization brings increased travel and along with it the need to obtain work visas and residence permits. Not having the correct information or missing documents can mean weeks of delay when one is turned back at the border. In some cases, it can even cause significant penalties. Here are immigration requirements of a few countries summarized for short-term business travel (e.g. travel to attend meetings, travel for fact finding, travel for transacting some business or buying or selling goods). Brazil Brazil issues VITEM II visas, which allow a maximum stay of 90 days per visit, maximum 180 days in a year. These visas are valid for five years. There are no exemptions for U.S. citizens. Documents needed: Completed visa application form explaining purpose of trip, valid passport, recent passport photo, Green Card (if applicable), letter from employer or sponsoring company on letterhead stating nature of business to be conducted by applicant in Brazil, possibly yellow fever vaccination certificate, visa fee. China 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 exemptions for U.S. citizens. Documents needed: Completed visa application form, valid passport, passport photo, Green Card (if applicable), invitation letter from host company or introductory letter from U.S. company, visa fee. India India issues a business visa for short-term business travel allowing multiple entry for up to 10 years for U.S. citizens.

Documents needed: Completed visa application form, valid passport, two passport photographs, Green Card (if applicable), copy of U.S. driver’s license or other state-issued identification card, flight itinerary clearly showing date of departure from India, invitation from Indian Company in India, letter from a U.S. company indicating purpose of travel, visa fee. Netherlands 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 90 days then a Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV) or temporary residence permit is required to enter Netherlands for a Green Card holder but not for a U.S. citizen. However, a residence permit, Verblijfsvergunning, is required to live in Netherlands and, for non-EU citizens, a work permit may also be required. The residence permit is generally issued for a maximum of one year at a time for a total maximum period of five years. The residence permit is obtained by submitting a completed residence permit application form with passport and application fee to the Aliens Police. It is also necessary to register at the City Hall. United Kingdom U.S. citizens do not require a visa for business travel as long as their stay does not exceed six months in a year. The U.K. government is currently considering reducing this period to three months.

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Global Work + Global Travel = Global Hassles