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Hello,

We are a Canadian Real Estate Company and we have a U.S. affiliate - which is an entire separate corporation incorporated in the U.S. We have a U.S. citizen who is employed by the U.S. company. As the principal brokers are from Canada and reside in Canada, are they allowed to do business within the United States without a work visa/permit? If not, what would they require in order to do so? thank you.

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Hi,

As Canadian citizens, entry can be made without a visa: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1260.html#2

All activities that would normally be allowed in B1 (business visitor) category is allowed, such as (1) Engage in commercial transactions, which do not involve gainful employment in the United States (such as a merchant who takes orders for goods manufactured abroad);
(2) Negotiate contracts;
(3) Consult with business associates;
(4) Litigate;
(5) Participate in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars; or
(6) Undertake independent research.

You may find the following helpful: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/BusinessVisa.pdf

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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