- Agriculture & Commodities Industry Practice
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- Investors and Entrepreneurs
- Consulting & Service Oriented Businesses
- Visa Franchise Practice
- Medical Professionals
- Moving from Australia to US
- Emigrate to & from Canada
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- Grenada Citizenship by investment
- Moving from India to US
- Moving from Philippines to US
- Portuguese Residency By Investment
- Moving from Singapore to US
- Moving from Taiwan to US
- Turkish Citizenship
- Moving from United Kingdom to US
- Immigration to the United Kingdom
- Moving from Vietnam to US
Qualifying for an L-1 Visa
Italian applicants for an L-1 visa must meet these requirements:
- You need to have worked for a foreign company outside the U.S for at least one year in the last three years.
- The overseas enterprise must have a connection with a U.S. enterprise as a Subsidiary/parent, Affiliate, or Branch
- The overseas enterprise can function globally and is not required to be located in Italy.
For a U.S. business to be "affiliated" with a non-U.S. business for L-1 visa purposes, both businesses must be owned or controlled by the same entity or person.
A common mistake is to assume that the U.S. and non-U.S. businesses have to form part of the same “group” or that one business has to own/control the other. This is not true under U.S. law.
Requirements for Italian L-1 Business Owners
Italian business owners typically apply for an L1-A visa as a “manager” or “executive”.
For a successful L1-A application, business owners must effectively showcase their employment in a managerial or executive capacity in the non-U.S. business.
It's crucial to note that USCIS in the United States and U.S. consulates in various cities may have distinct evidentiary requirements.
Davies & Associates is equipped to offer tailored guidance based on the unique circumstances of your case.
Managers and Executives
Managers and executives of non-U.S. businesses transferring to related companies in the United States may be eligible to apply for an L1-A visa.
While a non-manager can typically be promoted into a management role in the U.S. this is not possible with a “new business” (see below).
What is the First Step with an L-1 Visa?
The initial step involves filing a comprehensive application. Attention to detail, especially in areas like business plans, is crucial. The application can be filed in the United States, marked for either "consular processing" or "change of status."
L1 Visa Process simplified in a diagram - Davies & Associates LLC.
Can an L-1 Business Owner form a New Business in the United States and Apply for an L-1 Visa?
Yes, this is a common case. Many clients establish new businesses in a foreign country to qualify for an L-1 visa.
L1 Visas for Italian Non-Management Employees
Non-management employees may be eligible for an L1-B visa, requiring clear documentation of highly specialized skills. A knowledgeable immigration lawyer's assistance is crucial for a successful application.
Special Considerations for New U.S. Businesses
If your U.S. business is less than twelve months old, it is categorized as a "new office." Special provisions apply, and the initial L-1 visa term will be one year, extendable after the first year.
Tax Planning for Italian L1 Applicants
Tax planning is essential, and Davies & Associates provides access to dedicated tax lawyers for clients' tax planning needs.
The Need for Dual Presence in the U.S. and Rome
All L-1 visa applications begin as an L-1 Petition filed with USCIS. After approval, applicants can either change status to L-1 within the U.S. or apply for an L-1 visa from a U.S. consulate abroad.
Obtaining Permanent Residency, a “Green Card” as an L-1 Visa Holder
There are various ways for L-1 visa holders to obtain a "green card," including the EB1(c) mechanism, EB5 visa, Exceptional Worker (EB1), and other work-based or family visa options.
Obtaining a U.S. Passport
If you have progressed from an L-1 visa to a “green card” and held that “green card” for five years (in limited cases three years), and you meet the following requirements we may be able to assist you apply for U.S. citizenship:
- You must have held your “green card” for the entire five year period;
- You must have maintained your status as a U.S. resident for this five year period;
- Ideally you will not have been outside the United States for a period of more than six months in the five year period, though limited exceptions apply;
- You have not committed a crime or other act, such as a failure to file a tax return, that USCIS interprets as resulting from a lack of good moral character on your part; and
- You have been physically present in the United States for two and one half years of the total five-year period.
Useful questions & answers regarding visa for Italian citizens and entrepreneurs:
The wonderful U.S. Visa Waiver Program allows certain Italian business, leisure, and in-transit visitors into the United States with the option to forego a visa.
L-1 Visa Solutions by Country of Nationality or Residency
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What is Davies & Associate’s Record with L-1 Visa Applications?
Davies & Associates files a large number of L-1 visas each year and as of November 2014 have yet to have an application denied.
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Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.
Thanks to them for handling my E2 visa very professionally. I had a study visa from F1 and changed it to E2. I encountered many problems during the application process. Verdie and Etta were very patient in helping me and it took a long time. I highly recommend this place.
I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.
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I'm in a process of extending my L1 visa. I submitted a few questions regarding my case and he contacted me back almost immediately both by e-mail and telephone. Unlike other attorneys I met before, he gave me the impression of knowing from the top of his head what kind of visa I have, and what actions had to be taken to extend it. He is very thorough and clear regarding the process and what to expect in terms of timelines and issues that may arise. He is constantly in contact, so you definitely know he's working on your case.L1B Visa Holder
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Several lawyers told me I would not be able to get a TN visa. Two weeks after contacting Davies & Associates I was working in New York, visa in hand. I have recommended this firm to several friends and colleagues, they do an excellent job every time.Individual Seeking 'Impossible' TN Visa
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