Top Questions for German L1 Visa Applicants: Key Insights

L1 Visa Basics for GermansL1 Visa Application Package in Germany

An L-1 visa is a visa which enables:

  • A qualified investor to direct and control a business in the United States
  • A qualified worker to work in a qualified business in the United States

L1 Visa FAQs for Germany residents and nationals

Through Bridgehouse Law Davies & Associates have non-immigrant Visa lawyers in and Berlin who are able to provide guidance. Our team in Germany are backed-up by our team of L1 Visa for Germans lawyers in the United States.
It is not possible to obtain an L1 Visa from within the United States. It is very straightforward to change status from another non-immigrant Visa status to L-1 Visa status from within the United States. Our L-1 Visa lawyers in New York, Charlotte, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco are able to assist.
There are several L1 visa costs and fees associated with
The approval rates on L1 Visas are extremely high and typically over 80% each year.
The L1 Visa has been around may decades with the first L1 treaty coming into existence in the 1800s through the treaty of Ghent. There is nothing to suggest that the L1 investor Visa is “at risk”.
As long at the employee meets the US government requirements it is not difficult to obtain and L1 employee Visa. The US government may however expect these employees to eventually be replaced by local employees in the United States, this is where an experienced L1 Visa lawyer can assist.
An L1 Visa is the perfect Visa for an entrepreneur from a an L1 Visa country.
Yes and No. What really counts is “control”. While this is typically demonstrated through ownership of 50% of a business our business Visa lawyers do use other techniques to document “control” of an L1 business.
The US L1 Visa is statically one of the easiest Visas to obtain.
The lowest investment one of our firm’s has used for L1 purposes is about USD 60,000. It is however important to remember that “investment” does not have to mean cash and other value such as inventory and IP can be included.

There are two investment risks with an L1 Visa, avoidable and unavoidable.

Avoidable or Unavoidable Risk Solution
Avoidable Risk that you invest in a US business but your Visa is refused Use of an escrow account conditioned on L1 Visa approval enables the refund of your
Unavoidable Risk of business failure. This is no different to owning any business, anywhere. None. There is a risk that every business will fail.
Yes, franchises can qualify for the L1 Visa. You will need a franchise lawyer to review the franchise and ensure that
An uber business employer one driver is extremely unlikely to qualify for an L-1 Visa. However, the owner of a business that employed multiple uber drivers and invested “substantial” capital in vehicles might possibly qualify.
There are several ways to enable a business partner to join you on an L-1 Visa.
Yes.
Total Visa costs (including immigration lawyer, corporate fees, Visa application fees, State incorporation fees….) are typically range from USD 15,000 to USD 30,000 depending on the business involved plus the cost of the business you will set-up or acquire in the United States.

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"After finding D&A through an internet search in 2020, my wife and I had several free consultations with David Cantor. Despite our initial attempt at filing for our E2 visa independently ending in failure, we decided to hire D&A for their expertise and support. Over the course of four long years, Verdie and Cristina were incredibly patient as we took our time to prepare for the E2 submission. Verdie became our E2 Attorney in 2021, and from the start, Verdie and Cristina's patience was evident. Despite our intermittent engagement over the years, they always treated us with the utmost attention. Working with Verdie and the D&A team was a pleasure; their professionalism and support were unwavering. Verdie's calm demeanor and succinct communication style made navigating the process much smoother, even during complex discussions. I wholeheartedly recommend Verdie and D&A - Davies & Associates, to anyone seeking an immigration law firm who can efficiently handle their case with precision and without unnecessary fanfare. Their ability to get things done speaks volumes about their dedication to their clients' success."

Jeremy Abernathy
Jeremy Abernathy
3 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad
Saeed Muhammad
3 months ago

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.

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hoshino ryuichi
7 months ago

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.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
6 months ago

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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