DOS Announces Mexico-US Business Facilitation Program

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The Business Facilitation Program (BFP) is designed to facilitate business travel for employees of participating companies. Qualifying firms will have access to expedited visa processing for employees traveling to the U.S. on company business.

The BFP will provide several key benefits to participating companies, including access to the appointment system, allowing a company representative to schedule visa application appointments in a reserved appointment block, and expedited processing and visa delivery for approved applications.

Interested companies must meet a number of participation requirements.  BFP companies should be well-established and financially stable.  Employees using the BFP program must be traveling on official company business.  Temporary employees may not use the BFP program, but the employees of contractors of the BFP member company may, under certain circumstances.

Qualifying firms are required to register for the BFP with the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, by filling out an application form and submitting supporting documentation.  Following submission, the applicant company will be contacted by a consular officer for further discussion, a follow-up meeting, or a site visit.   

BFP companies are required to maintain records of employees using the program and to participate in audits every year.  Companies that do not continue to meet BFP requirements or abuse the program in any way will have their membership suspended or terminated.

http://immigrationblog.fowlerwhite.com/DOS-announces-mexico-US-business-facilitation-program

Topics:  Business Facilitation Program, Business Visas, Department of State, Visas

Published In: Immigration Updates, International Trade Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

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