I live in the UK but am employed by an American company. I'd like (as would my employers) to work in America next year for a period of 6-8 months.
Getting an H1B1 visa is problematic (expensive even if unsucessful, chance of success at the moment is dubious as they're limited in number and they're running out of them).
According to an immigration lawyer, I do not qualify for an L1 visa as I am directly employed by my company (they do not have a UK branch nor have corporation status in the UK) and the L1 only allows affiliate employees to be transferred.
According to the Visa Waiver Program
, I can work for 90 days in the US.
As I'd need to return to the UK briefly anyway after two months, can I:
Go to the US for two months; return to the UK for a week; return to the US for three months; go to Canada/Mexico/UK etc for a week/fortnight; return to the US for two to three months?
- Is that likely to cause problems?
- Is there anything I could to do to increase my chances (letter from my work saying I am just working for a 90 period and they'd stay guarantee)?
- Is there any restriction on the type of work I can do? (when I have been to the US in the past with work they've quizzed me at the border asking what exactly I'd be doing, would I be in meetings etc - I've never known if there is a wrong answer)
- Is there anyone who provides ruling on this? (US Embassy?)
(As I'd be bringing my (young) family and renting out my place here, I really don't want to get turned back at the border on the second occasion...)