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If you fit into those situations, then you can either use just your passport which you should be able to stay 180 days, or you can apply for a B-1 visa and that could also get you a maximum of 180 days.
If your activity is outside of what is listed, then we would need to discuss some other visa.
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Hi. I do not fit in to any of those categories listed on page one.
My company does consulting, interactive (web and mobile) development, and graphic design. I am currently under contract with the American company to work on their product. The purpose of the visit is to enable in person meetings during launch of their new product.
Hi. I'd be doing consulting, interactive (web and mobile) development, and graphic design.
This work would fall under "Computer Systems Analyst" and/or "Graphic Designer" on the NAFTA professional list.
I am most certainly not taking away a US job since my company is already contracted to do the job.
Thanks. I'm aware of the TN visa. I have the documentation prepared if necessary. I was looking for clarification and understanding on whether or not my travel situation falls under that type of visa - since I'm struggling to see it as a match. For example, if a Canadian based law firm had an American client, would a lawyer representing the Canadian firm apply for a TN Visa to go spend time working / meeting with the client? That seems odd to me and doesn't seem to fit. Of course I understand that it's possible it may be the "best fit".
Are there any other visa types I should look in to?
You said that I must prove that my current relationship with the U.S based company must be shown to not have take away a U.S job and there is a system in place to prove this to their satisfaction. What system is this, and what is the process involved?
Good morning. My salary comes from my Canadian-based company, which has funds collected from the US company and other Canadian companies. Of course this is a grey area since I own the company and pay myself as I see fit. But yes, all company income goes to a Canadian business account, and I pay myself and anybody else from there.
My company has been contracted to do the work because we have a unique skill set that fits with the product, but of course it's entirely possible that there could be an individual or company in the US that *could* do the same job. When I say that it has not taken away a U.S. job - what I mean is that our company has been hired to do the work regardless of whether or not I travel to the US. For example, I may choose not to travel to the U.S. but my company will still be performing the work.
My company accepts clients anywhere in the world and this is quite common in the computer industry, but I'm sure many others as well.
Yes that's correct. The U.S. company is paying the Canadian company.
It is not correct that myself (or anyone else) have been hired by the U.S. company to work in the U.S. Rather, they have hired my company as an independent contractor. Where I am located during the work is not part of the contract. I am not an employee of the U.S. company and I could theoretically work from any location in the world.
Yes, everything you said is correct. And of course that's why I'm inquiring, as it seems to be a bit of a grey area? I have not seen this scenario covered on any of the travel information sites.
Thanks. I'm busy at the moment, but will be reviewing the conversation later this evening.
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