What is the "Business Visa Center" (BVC)?
Explained by Las Vegas NV Immigration Attorneys & Services

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The Business Visa Center develops ways for foreign businessmen to get visas.

The Business Visa Center (BVC) is a government agency that implements procedures to issue visas for legitimate business travelers throughout the world. In this article our Las Vegas NV immigration attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about the Business Visa Center. 

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  1. What is the BVC in Las Vegas, NV?
  2. What does the BVC do in Las Vegas, NV?
  3. Who can contact the BVC in Las Vegas, NV?
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The Business Visa Center is a government agency within the U.S. Department of State.

1) What is the Business Visa Center in Las Vegas, Nevada?

There are many agencies involved with visa matters. These agencies may collect applications and petitions, review documentation, determine eligibility and qualifications, collect fees, and notify applicants regarding decisions.

One agency that is concerned with visa matters is the Business Visa Center (BVC). The BVC is connected with the Department of State's effort to institute more efficient procedures to give business visas for legitimate foreign business travelers.

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The Business Visa Center provides information to U.S. conference and sports organizers that are expecting foreign travelers to the U.S.

Note that U.S. embassies and consulates in excess of 200 countries overseas continue to shoulder the responsibility for processing of visa applications. The BVC does not alter the steps in the visa process, nor can it intervene in the visa process.1

2) What does the Business Visa Center do in Las Vegas, Nevada?

The BVC helps businesses and organizations in the United States by giving information about the application process for business (B-1) visitor visa travel to the U.S. Specifically, the BVC:

  • Gives information about the visa application process whenever U.S. companies and organizations invite employees or current and prospective business clients and partners to the United States; and
  • Gives information to U.S. conference and sports organizers that anticipate a lot of foreign travelers to the U.S.

There are also actions that the BVC cannot undertake. For instance, the BVC shall not:

  • Expedite interviews or visa processing; or
  • Guarantee a visa or determine the merits of a visa application. The consular officer at the consulate or embassy must make those decisions during the application process.2

3) Who can apply to the Business Visa Center in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Neither businesses nor applicants should send applications to the BVC unless they have been requested to do so. Typically, an application process takes place at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

The BVC was created to help only U.S.-based companies and organizations. Therefore, companies and organizations that are based outside the United States have to contact U.S. embassies and consulates in their country.

If business travelers have their applications denied, the BVC may not offer relief. The issuance and refusal of visas falls under the jurisdiction of consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Sometimes, the BVC may provide additional information to the embassy or consulate to assist with an applicant's reapplication.3

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If you have questions related to immigration matters, it is wise to consult with an experienced immigration attorney in your area. The Las Vegas NV immigration attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) may be able to provide you with answers.

Legal References:

Business Visa Center, U.S Department of State

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