Presently, there are two U.S. Business Visas available with a quick turn-around time for decision.
First, the L-1 Visa classification is a non-immigrant visa which enables a foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send a Manager or Executives (L1A) or Specialized Knowledge Staff (L1B) to live and work in the United States. The employee must have worked for the Employer for minimum of one continuous year within the previous three years in the same capacity under which they will work in the US. The foreign worker doesn't have to be directly employed by the company. As long as the L1 visa recipient has been employed either directly, through an agency or other similar entity, or through a contract as a consultant, an L1 visa can be granted.
Second, the E-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows foreign entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. and manage/develop their US business. The E-2 visa allows the spouse and children under 21 of the investor also enter the U.S. The spouse can also qualify for a work permit. The E-2 visa can be renewed a limitless number of occasions. While there is no minimum amount, the investment must be sufficient to establish, or purchase, a viable business. It is currently difficult to make a qualifying investment with less than $100,000.
At the end of this short questionnaire, there is a space to submit any questions, comments or concerns you may have regarding the Business Visa process.