Top Questions for German L1 Visa applicants

L1 Visa Basics for GermansL1 Visa Application Package in Germany

An L-1 visa treaty investor 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 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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Satya Choudhury
Satya Choudhury
2 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.

hoshino ryuichi
hoshino ryuichi
2 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.

Tanuj Dewan
Tanuj Dewan
6 months ago

Outstanding Immigration Attorney: Highly Recommended! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) I had the pleasure of working with Verdie Atienza and his team at Davies & Associates , a top-notch immigration attorney in the United States. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication throughout the process were exceptional. With in-depth knowledge of immigration law, they provided accurate advice and addressed all my concerns, instilling confidence. Verdie Atienza and his team meticulously reviewed my documentation and maintained excellent communication, keeping me updated regularly. What sets Davies & Associates apart is their unparalleled attention to detail. Communication with Verdie Atienza and his team in USA and Sukanya Raman in India was always prompt and efficient. They promptly returned my calls and emails, providing regular updates on the progress of my case. This level of responsiveness and transparency significantly reduced my stress levels, as I knew I could rely on their support and guidance throughout the entire process. Their personalized approach, ethical conduct, and genuine care for my success made them an outstanding attorney. I highly recommend Davies & Associates for all your immigration needs.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
7 months ago

Getting my E2 Visa was a very in-depth process that took just over a year from when I committed to it, but 8 months from when I found a business I wanted to purchase. The only reason I'm giving 4 and not 5 stars is because the timeframe was a lot longer than expected from the initial information. Aside from the timing, Verdie and his team led me through the Visa process, providing all the guidance I needed to be successful, including advising me on the RIGHT type of Visa to suit my goals. Within the process I purchased a business and the greater Davies team included lawyer Rinat who helped me put the deal together. One of the biggest parts was my Business Plan which created from my info by Ana Ortiz, who did an incredible job. The process is certainly tedious and Verdie & Christina were always there to answer my questions, provide suggestions and advice and ensure I had all the documents I needed to support my application. I appreciated their patience with my questions and their advice and in the end, the application was so thorough the interview process was quick and easy. I highly recommend Davies & Associates and look forward to working with them again when it's time to renew my Visa.

Peter
Peter
a year ago

We were in a hurry and Verdie and the team were highly responsive and supportive, even when we threw in some curve balls along the way. We had our visas approved without any issues and felt confident and well prepared for document submissions and the interview. I'd certainly recommend this team for an E2 visa process.

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