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The situation is similar to another question but not identical. I am Brazillian and live in Brazil, my employer is a company with offices in multiple countries, my contract with them is with an office that is outside USA, but the CEO lives and works in USA.

If I ever need for example to work a few days physically in same office as the CEO, what is the correct visa? I assumed at first it was B-1 but it explicitly states you cannot work in USA, only go to meetings.

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    What would be the reason for you working there if it’s not to meet your colleagues in the US? Note however that at the moment you can’t travel to the US from Brazil on a B1 visa, due to the Covid ban.
    – jcaron
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 20:33
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    Aren't you effectively simply meeting with your CEO during that time?
    – Peter M
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 21:32

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Most visits to an employer's headquarters are done on a B1 visa.

The rules say that you cannot do work on such a visa, and that is true. But immigration takes a fairly narrow view of what is "work". You can:

  • Go to meetings
  • Plan your work
  • Get direction from the CEO about what you should work on
  • Discuss your work
  • Present the results of your work
  • Get your work assessed or tested

As PeterM put it "You aren't working, you are just meeting with the CEO".

For example, if you are a software developer, it's perfectly OK to visit your employer to meet with people to design software, write design documents, gather requirements, as long as you are doing it with other people in the US and they need to be part of the process. This may even involve writing some code just in order to test out how it should be written. These things can often take several weeks, and immigration will find it easy to believe that you are visiting to do these things.

It is also true that nobody will check up on whether or not you actually wrote any code while you were there, or whether the code you wrote actually ended up being shipped or was just a prototype. Immigration don't care about such details.

So in short, as long as you make it clear to immigration that you are only going for meetings about your work, and you have a plausible story about what it is you are talking about at those meetings, then you are allowed in. If immigration asks if you will be working, say "no" and mean it. You are here for "business" not "work". Obviously this will not be possible for six months of visitation. Nor if you are doing the kind of job that doesn't involve planning or discussion. But a few days or weeks for a professional job should not be a problem.

As Kate Gregory says, you may also be asked if you are getting money from US sources. Assuming you are being paid by a company in your own country (which is the normal case) then you can, and should, answer "no" to this also.

Incidentally, don't use the word "consult" or "consultation". That can mean doing paid work as a consultant, which would be illegal. Use the words "meeting" and "business" as much as possible. If you are in doubt, a brief consultation with a lawyer might warn you what to say and what not to say, though most people don't do that and have no problems.

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    don't say "work", say "business". I am here on business for meetings. I am getting paid by my employer back where I live to come to these meetings. I personally am not being given any salary by the people I am meeting with in the USA. Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 22:10

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