L-1 Visa

In a world increasingly connected by globalization, businesses often find themselves navigating a myriad of complexities as they establish offices across international borders. Leveraging the resources and opportunities of different countries can dramatically impact the growth trajectory of a company.

Businesses that function both in the U.S. and their home country benefit from the best of what both areas have to offer. The L-1 Visa is open to international organizations with offices in the U.S. that temporarily transfer employees to their U.S. offices. This visa is sometimes referred to as the “intra-company transferee” visa. This is often vital in maintaining the continuity of management, preserving corporate culture, and facilitating the transfer of critical, specialized knowledge within the company.

L-1 Visa Categories

While the L-1 Visa serves as a broad platform for employee transfer, it encompasses two specific categories tailored to distinct types of employees:

How to Obtain an L-1 Visa

Securing an L-1 Visa requires proof of employment with a non-U.S. company for a minimum of one full year within the past three years. This proof needs to establish the applicant’s role as an executive, manager, or employee with specialized knowledge. Careful preparation of this evidence can make the difference between visa approval and denial.

Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may join you in the U.S. through L-2 status. L-2 status spouses are allowed to work.

L-1 Visa Processing Time

The processing time for an L-1 Visa can vary widely based on the specific circumstances of the applicant and the overall workload of the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Generally, once a complete I-129 petition (the form used for the L-1 Visa) has been submitted, the standard processing time can range from 4 to 6 months.

Cost of L-1 Visas

The L-1 Visa involves several costs, including filing fees, fraud prevention and detection fees, and potentially a premium processing fee. While these expenses can be significant, the benefits of successfully transferring key personnel often outweigh these costs.

Our L-1 Visa Attorney Can Help

Navigating the L-1 Visa process can be challenging. An experienced immigration attorney from Esani & Momin, P.C. can guide you through each step, from identifying the appropriate L-1 category, gathering the necessary proof, to filing the visa application. Our team can streamline the process, reduce the risk of denial, and potentially save your business time and money.

Don’t let the complexities of immigration law stand between your business and its international success. Contact Esani & Momin, P.C. today for a consultation and start the journey toward your business’s global growth with L-1 Visa.


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