​​​​​​​International Business Resources

Low costs of conducting business. Availability of land and facilities. Dedicated workforce. High quality of life.

Companies have direct access to an abundance of legal professionals experienced in international business, from customs and immigration to corporate taxation and intellectual property protection. Local banks and financial services offices are well-versed in issues of global finance and will work with you to ensure your interests are protected. The strong existing business community, as well as the City's excellent infrastructure system, contributes to the City's attractiveness as a business location.

The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development will work with you through every step of the process, from assisting in your site selection to connecting you with a qualified labor force, and identifying legal and banking institutions.

International Incubator

The Virginia Beach International Incubator is geared towards foreign companies that need space to grow their sales volume before establishing their own office or manufacturing facility in the City. Companies that choose to use the space will also have access to the resources offered at The HIVE, which includes on-site support provided by partner agencies.

We can help you establish your business and find success i​​n the United States.

​​World Language Immersion Program​

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) offers partial-immersion programs, often known as dual immersion one-way programs, in Spanish at select elementary and middle schools. Students in a VBCPS language immersion program follow the same curriculum as their grade-level peers.​​

​Foreign Consulates in Virginia Beach MSA

The Virginia Beach MSA is home to 12 consulate offices​.​


InterNations is the first international online community for people who live and work abroad. They enable members to interact with other global minds in a similar situation with comparable interests. There are more than 300 local communities all over the world, 38 of which are located within the United States. We now have our own local community in Hampton Roads and it is growing.

Sister Cities of Virginia Beach

The City of Virginia Beach acknowledges the importance of Sister City relationships for the purpose of international understanding, friendships, cultural and educational exchanges, and economic/tourist development activities. Currently, the City of Virginia Beach has sister cities relationships with these cities:​

  • Moss, Norway – March 25, 1974
  • Miyazaki, Japan – May 25, 1992
  • Bangor, North Down, Northern Ireland – May 6, 2001
  • Olongapo, Philippines – July 6, 2015
  • Waiblingen, Germany – 2017​
Federal Resources
  • Why Select the USA?
  • Export.gov - A resource for U.S. companies looking to​ export, as well as international companies opening a location in the U.S.
Visa Information

Foreign travelers coming to the United States to conduct temporary business, for example, business meetings and consultations, attending conventions and conferences, or negotiating contracts, need vis​itor visas​ ​unless they qualify for entry under the Vis​a Waiver Program.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection​ (CBP)

​​​This is the world's first full-service border entity, CBP​ takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

Temporary Staffing/Employment Agencies

For more helpful resources, visit the Entering the US Market FAQs page.