The B-1 in lieu of H-3 visa is a subcategory of the B-1 visas specifically for foreign persons who are in the US on an in-house training or education program participate. Below we present the specifics of the B-1 in lieu of H-3 category.
The B-1 in lieu of H-3 visa represents a mixture from B-1 "Temporary Business Visitor" and H-3 "Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visitor".
This hybrid category is always eligible when H-3 applicants areunder certain circumstancesare more likely to be classified as B-1 applicants. The basic requirement is that the person goes to a U.S. location for in-house training or continuing education. Classically, these are "regular" employees who travel to the U.S. location for in-house training purposes for a maximum stay of 180 days.
In addition, all entry criteria for the B category must be met (no payment from the United States, etc.).
Generally, the words "B-1 in lieu of H, per 9 FAM 402.2-5(F)" are included in the annotation field of the visa to make the category clear.
A foreign person may qualify for a B-1 of H-3 visa if all the following H-3 entrance requirements are met:
In addition, the conditions for obtaining a B-1 visa must be met. The applicant
It is important to know that the training measures will not be recognized by the U.S. consulate if they are too general and not targeted enough and do not follow a fixed schedule. The field of activity in the company is also a decisive factor: the areas of responsibility in the United States must have something in common with the previous activity and must also be useful outside the United States. In no case should the goal be to recruit the foreign personnel in the U.S. company following the training.
ATTENTION: Applicants should be able to demonstrate very conclusively, especially in the case of longer training courses lasting several months, that the planned stay in the USA is of a temporary nature, that the training is limited in time and that the applicant intends to return to his or her home country after completing the training.
Whether a B-1 in lieu of H-3 visa for an in-house training in the USA approved by the US consular officer depends on the individual case. Due to the special nature of this category, it is recommended that a designated visa specialist be consulted. The boundaries in the area of training visas are often fluid. In particular, it must be checked whether a J-1 visa (trainee / intern) is the more suitable category or whether a regular H-3 visa must be applied for. We will be happy to assist you in determining which visa is the right one for your personal case.
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