Business Guide USA
Arrival and departure
Under the Visa Waiver Program, a Swiss national can visit the United States as a
tourist for less than 90 days without having to apply for a visa. However, should you
wish to study, work or conduct business in the United States, you should go to the
nearest United States Consulate or Embassy in Switzerland to apply for the most ap-
propriate visa for your trip.
A brief description of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas can be found at
www.amcham.ch, the web site of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce or at
www.techvisas.com, the web site of he law firm Bierce & Kenerson, P.C.
Languages used for business
English is the official language of the United States and most Americans almost al-
ways prefer conducting business in English. Although Spanish, French and a variety
of Asian languages are spoken in some areas of the United States, most Americans
prefer communicating in English.
Most holidays that are observed in the United States are legislated by U.S. Congress
for federal employees. Almost all states observe but are not limited to celebrating the
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third Monday in January
Third Monday in February
Last Monday in May
First Monday in September
Second Monday in October
Fourth Thursday in November
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is usually celebrated on the following Monday and if it
falls on a Saturday, it is celebrated on the preceding Friday.
Official State Holiday Calendar http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/hol_calendar.html
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There are four time zones in the United States. The two major time zone are:
Eastern Standard Time: Five (5) hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. For practi-
cal purposes, consider New York on Easter