Business Visa Center
The Business Visa Center’s Role
What the Business Visa Center Cannot Do
About the Visa Application Process
How to Apply for a Visa
Business Visa Center- Frequently Asked Questions
How to Contact Us
Since 2005, the Department of State has implemented the Business Visa Center (BVC) as part of our ongoing effort to better facilitate the issuance of visas for legitimate business travelers worldwide. The Business Visa Center is available to assist businesses in the United States and their partners, customers and colleagues around the world. Learn More >> Press Release.
The Department of State is striving to make the visa process as understandable as possible 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 by providing information about the application process for business (B-1) visitor visa travel to the U.S. We can explain the visa process when U.S. companies invite employees or current and prospective business clients and partners to the U.S. As part of the Business Visa Center effort, we continue to provide 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.
See Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about the kinds of travel considered business related (B-1) visitor visa travel, and to find out if the Business Visa Center can assist with your visa question.
The Business Visa Center cannot expedite interview appointments or the processing of visa applications. Additionally, we cannot 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.
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.Website Resources
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 embassy and consulate websites and www.travel.state.gov. This information allows business travelers to better prepare for their interviews and plan their trips.How to Apply for a Visa
Learn more about how to apply for a business related (B-1) visitor visa , check on visa wait times for an interview appointment, locate an Embassy worldwide, find out how to make an interview appointment, pay the visa application fee, and much more.Business Visa Center - Frequently Asked Questions
Do you still have questions about how the Business Visa Center can help you?
See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
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.