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When traveling to Georgia, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
What types of activities may I engage in as a business visitor?
As a business visitor to Georgia, depending on the visa held (if applicable), you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
- » Attend business meetings and negotiations
- » Attend scientific conferences or workshops
- » Receive or give training (including technical training)
- » Engage in journalistic activities
If I qualify as a business visitor, do I need a visa for Georgia?
Nationals of Canada, the European Union, the United States, and many other select countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter and conduct business activities in Georgia.
Foreign nationals who have a valid visa or residence permit issued by select countries, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, may also be eligible to enter Georgia under a visa waiver.
If your nationality is not eligible for a visa waiver, you will be required to obtain an Ordinary C3 Visa or Immigration D1 Visa, depending on your intended activities. Visas may be obtained from a Georgian Embassy or Consulate, or online as an e-Visa, prior to travel. Please consult with your immigration counsel before traveling for an individual assessment to determine the appropriate visa for your intended activities.
What types of activities require work authorization?
Depending on the visa held and eligibility for visa-waivered status, business visitors may engage in productive or hands-on work and professional activities on a short-term basis. If a longer stay is required, a Work Residence Permit must be obtained. Please consult with your immigration counsel to determine your eligibility for an exemption before traveling.
If I am traveling to Georgia for work, what type of work authorization do I need?
In general, most foreign nationals who intend to engage in long-term work activities must obtain work authorization in the form of a Work Residence Permit. The requirements for work authorization depend on the nature of your activities and the duration of your work in Georgia.
Is it possible to be exempted from work authorization requirements?
Georgia does not offer long-term work authorization exemptions beyond the period of stay permitted under a visa waiver or Immigration D1 Visa.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.
Copyright © 2022 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Government immigration agencies often change their policies and practices without notice; please consult an immigration professional for up-to-date information. This document does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. BAL maintains comprehensive immigration information and processing specifics for our clients.