Business Visa Program (BVP)

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Overview

The Business Visa Program (BVP) vets and registers established, reputable firms to make it easier for certain employees to seek nonimmigrant visitor visas for business travel at reserved appointment times.

Qualifications

Firms associated with American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AMCHAM) and International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) are eligible to apply for the Business Visa Program. For details about the Business Visa Program, firms may refer to http://dhaka.usembassy.gov/bvp.html

Business Visa Program (BVP) members are allotted a set number of appointments each day. These appointments can be scheduled through this website. Each agency is provided with a unique login ID that must be used in order to schedule an appointment. BVP members should contact their affiliated bodies (AMCHAM/ IBFB) to avail BVP allotted appointments. Employees of participating organizations who will be traveling to the United States for official business on B1/B2 (Business/Tourism) category are eligible for the BVP appointments. Spouses and unmarried children under 21 are also permitted to schedule their interview appointments at the same time as the principal BVP applicant

Eligible applicants for BVP appointments include professional, permanent, full-time employees of registered BVP firms. Casual, temporary, part-time or contract staffs are ineligible. BVP registered firms may not submit visa applications for clients, business associates, customers, domestic servants, friends, or other relatives, who must apply in the normal manner by making an appointment online.

How to Apply

Step 1

For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:

Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.

Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.

Step 2

The next step is to complete the  DS-160 Form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

Step 3

Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in U.S. dollars and local currency.

To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You will create a profile and must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

Step 4

Now you will need to log in to your profile with the same credentials you used to pay your visa fee. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.

Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.

This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:

  • Your passport number.
  • The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt. Click here if you need help finding this number.
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment, and schedule your appointment.

Step 5

Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.

Step 6

If your visa is approved, your visa will be ready for pick-up at the Embassy.