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SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: Meet with U.S. Government Officials On-Site

June 20, 2016

By Julianna Kreko and Christine Rafiekian SelectUSA

The 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit has begun, and the U.S. Government (USG) Pavilion, located across the lobby from the Exhibition Hall, is open!

Over the past week, we have been highlighting some of the resources available at the USG Pavilion, including agencies offering information on finding and training your workforce, a wealth of high-quality data, and programs to support innovation. You’ll also find federal officials ready to talk face-to-face to help you understand visas and customs.

As you enter the USG Pavilion, the first set of kiosks to your left are appropriately positioned to provide answers about entering the United States. The U.S. Department of State will be represented by experts on U.S. visa laws and procedures in Kiosk 25, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), two agencies housed within the Department of Homeland Security, will be ready to welcome you in Kiosks 23 and 24.

Representatives from CBP and USCIS will be available to talk to participants and provide detailed information regarding Department of Homeland Security initiatives, including Global Entry, an initiative that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States, and the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

The Department of State representatives will field questions on visa laws and regulations, walk through the application process, and provide information on U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas. Although they will be unable to comment on pending visa cases at the Summit, they will direct attendees to the correct point of contact who can assist.

Summit participants will also get a chance to hear from senior government officials, visa experts, and international companies who have sponsored employees through the U.S. immigration process. On Tuesday, June 21, representatives from the Office of Visa Services and the USCIS Office of Immigrant Investor Program with speak on a breakout panel that will provide visa and other practical information for international investors considering the best options for coming to the United States. They will gain insight and tips on how to develop a strategic staffing mix, select the appropriate visa, navigate the process, and help expatriate workers to acculturate to a new business environment.

We are excited for you to join us in the coming days for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit. Be sure to stop by the U.S. Government Pavilion to learn more about visas and how to establish or expand a business in the United States. Can’t make it to the Summit? Our team is available to assist all year round. Visit www.SelectUSA.gov or contact us.

 

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