Published on October 11, 2007
U.S. Embassy, BeijingConsular SectionTrade Show Liaison: U.S. Embassy, Beijing Consular Section Trade Show Liaison IAEM Atlanta, GA November 29-December 1, 2005 http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn http://travel.state.gov Our Mission: Our Mission Facilitate legitimate business travel to the United States. Prevent the use of the business visa as an avenue for illegal immigration. Slide3: FRAUD TRADE The Current Situation: The Current Situation U.S. Visa Law: U.S. Visa Law The B1/B2 Visa is available to temporary visitors traveling to the United States for either business purposes or pleasure, and who have no intention of abandoning their life in China. Rule 214(b): Rule 214(b) Rule 214(b): Every applicant for a non-immigrant visa is presumed to be an immigrant, unless they can establish to the satisfaction of the consular officer that: 1. They have a legitimate purpose for travel to the United States AND 2. They have ties to China that will compel them to return. Rule 214(b) (continued): Rule 214(b) (continued) IMPORTANT! The burden of proof is on the applicant to establish credible ties to China and an intent to return after a temporary visit to the U.S. Rule 214(b) (continued): Rule 214(b) (continued) In other words… The Consular Officer must consider the applicant not qualified for a non-immigrant visa until and unless she/he can PROVE otherwise. BURDEN OF PROOF Common Fraud Problems: Common Fraud Problems Letters of Invitation Bill of Lading Housing Documents Registration Forms Booth Receipts Contracts But unbeknownst to you, these mala fide travelers are using YOUR letters and convention documents in an effort to appear legitimate. Some of these documents are: One Rotten Apple Spoils the Barrel: One Rotten Apple Spoils the Barrel A group of otherwise qualified applicants are refused visas because one in their delegation lied and/or presented false documents to the consular officer. The Invitation Letter: The Invitation Letter The MOST important document! Among our visa applicant pool, fraudulent letters are more the norm than the exception. Exhibitors Versus Attendees: Exhibitors Versus Attendees We are interested in Chinese applicants on two different levels: Those who will exhibit at your event, and; Those who will merely attend. Exhibitors: Exhibitors Exhibitors applying for a visa are expected to know: The size and cost of display booths; number of people needed to man a booth; and warehousing Payment information: sums, deadlines Availability of translation services Attendees : Attendees In most cases; Attendees will be adjudicated as regular business travelers Previous U.S. travel and attendance at a show is a major plus The Ideal Situation: The Ideal Situation TRADE SHOW OFFICER What We Need: What We Need A SAMPLE LETTER That incorporates anti-counterfeiting measures; and Clearly identifies authorized signatories. This sample should include an explanation of what measures you have taken to protect the integrity of these documents. What You Can Do: What You Can Do Try to screen your invitees and exhibitors by asking the following questions: Is everyone on the trip qualified to travel to the United States? Is this applicant really coming to your show or is he coming for another reason? What You Can Also Do: What You Can Also Do Your letters must have some form anti-counterfeiting technology, such as: Indenting margins Using serial numbers Stickers Embossing Special paper Please See Our Website http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn: Please See Our Website http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn Map of China Consular Districts: Map of China Consular Districts Thank You!: Thank You!