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What is an L1 Inter-Company Transfer Visa?

The L1 Visa is an intra-company U.S. transfer Visa that enables a U.S. employer to transfer executive, manager or specialized knowledge employees from a foreign company to the U.S. subsidiary, affiliate, branch, or parent of the same company. It is a non-immigrant visa.

It allows you to transfer employees either to an existing US business or to a newly established business. If you do not yet have a business operating in the United States you may set one up and move staff under the “new-office rules”.

There are two types of L1 visas:

  • L1-A Visa for executives and managers; and
  • L-1B Visa for employees with specialized knowledge.

Benefits of L1 Visa

No Quotas

Compared to other Visa categories, there are no limits on how many L1 visas are approved each year. This means that L-1 petitions can be filed any time and if approved by USCIS, the beneficiary can apply for the Visa at a US embassy/consulate anytime.

No Prevailing Wage Determination Requirement

Unlike with H-1B, the petitioning U.S. parent company is not required to obtain a prevailing wage determination. However, the U.S. parent company will still have to comply with the state and federal laws on minimum wage and the proposed salary should be comparable to the current rates for the same position/title in the area.

Processing Times for L1 Visa

The first step in obtaining an L1 visa is to get the I-129 petition approved by USCIS. Processing times for L-1 petitions may take up to six months or even longer, but there is an option to file a request for premium processing with USCIS by paying an additional fee of $2,500. Premium processing reduces the processing times to 14 days.

After getting the petition approved, the beneficiary will then have to apply for the visa at the embassy. Appointment wait times vary at every embassy and consulate. It usually takes a couple of weeks to get an appointment. If you have been issued a U.S. visa in the past, you may even be eligible for a waiver of an interview. Please contact our firm to ask about L1 visa processing at specific consulates.

Family Members and Benefits

L1 holders are permitted to take their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old to accompany them to the U.S. through the L2 visa. An L2 spouse is entitled to employment authorization, and with that employment authorization document, may work for any U.S. employer. Meanwhile, your children can study in the U.S. on their L2 visa.

Immigration Benefits for Family Members

L1 holders are permitted to take their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old to accompany them to the U.S. through the L2 visa. Meanwhile, your children can study in the U.S. with their L2 visa.

Tax Advantages

Depending on how long you stay in the U.S. in a given tax year, it may be possible that you will not be classified as a U.S. tax resident. you should consult with our firm's tax lawyer or your own tax professional to fully understand the tax implications on the L-1 visa.

Transition to Green Card

An L1 Visa is also called a "dual intent visa" because you can apply for a lawful permanent resident status for the duration of your stay. This is in contrast with other work visas where pursuing a green card would violate your status. The criteria for L1-A is very similar to the criteria for the EB1C Visa category for Multinational Managers or Executives.

Who Qualifies for an L-1 Visa?

There are different sets of qualifications for the employer and the employee prescribed by the L-1 Visa.

Qualifications for the employer (L1A Manager and Executive Visa):

  • The foreign company and the U.S. company must have a qualifying relationship that can be in the form of a parent, sister, subsidiary, or affiliate company.
  • The petitioning company must be doing business as an employer in at least one other country and the U.S. for the duration the L-1 beneficiary stays in the U.S. If the petitioning company is not currently doing business in the U.S., they must have feasible plans to do so with necessary supporting documentation.
  • The beneficiary must have worked for the company for a minimum period of 1 continuous year within the last three years before their transfer.
  • The beneficiary must have worked for the company in an executive or managerial position or as a specialized knowledge worker and will continue to do so in the U.S.
  • They must signify their intent to return to their home country upon the expiration of their visa, and they must only work for the U.S. company specified in their application.

Qualifications for the employee (L1B Specialty Worker Visa):

  • The foreign company and the U.S. company must have a qualifying relationship that can be in the form of a parent, sister, subsidiary, or affiliate company.
  • The petitioning company must be doing business as an employer in at least one other country and in the U.S. for the duration the L-1 beneficiary stays in the U.S. If the petitioning company is not currently doing business in the U.S., they must have feasible plans to do so with necessary supporting documentation.
  • The beneficiary must have worked for the company for a minimum period of 1 continuous year within the last three years before their transfer.
  • The beneficiary must have worked for the company in an executive or managerial position or as a specialized knowledge position and will continue to do so in the U.S.
  • They must signify their intent to return to their home country upon the expiration of their visa, and they must only work for the U.S. company specified in their application.

What Is an L1-A Visa for Managers and Executives?

The L1-A visa allows an employee with a managerial or executive position or specialized knowledge to transfer to the United States. The employee transfers from an overseas business to a subsidiary, affiliate, or branch U.S. company.

An L1-A petitioner must exhibit a clear managerial or executive capacity and responsibilities with significant authority from the foreign company until their transfer to the U.S. business.

The L1A visa is initially valid for 3 years if the US firm has been in operation for at least one year. It can then be renewed in two-year increments to a maximum of up to seven years.

It is considered a New Office L-1A application if the U.S. business has not been fully operational for at least a year. The New Office L1 is valid for just one year, but you can apply for extension in increments of two years.

After seven years, the foreign workers holding an L-1A visa must return to their country of origin or transfer to another visa. L-1A beneficiaries may potentially transition to become permanent residents of the U.S. under the EB1C visa classification for multi-national managers and executives.

If you have any questions on different visa categories, please contact us

What Is An L1B Specialized Knowledge Employee Visa?

The L1-B specialist worker visa allows for the transfer of employees with specialized knowledge from the foreign company to the US affiliate, subsidiary, branch or parent of the same company.

“Specialized knowledge” is ambiguous and can be open to multiple interpretations. This knowledge must be unique enough to set you apart from others who have similar years of experience and levels of expertise in the company.

Davies & Associates offers initial consultations with an experienced L1 visa attorney to help you determine whether you have a strong case for applying for the L1B Visa.

How To Open an L-1 Qualifying Business In The USA

Using an L-1 Visa to start a business in the U.S. is commonly used by non-citizens of countries that are not on the E-1 and E-2 treaty list.

Forming a U.S. Business can be very straightforward. Here are the things that you need to consider:

  • Forming a US Business
  • Obtaining a US Federal Taxation Registration
  • Obtaining a State Tax Registration
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Obtaining Necessary Licenses and Permits
  • Filing to Protect your Trademarks and Patents
  • An employee agreement that protects your trade secrets and client lists
  • I-9 and Other Compliance Issues
  • Registered in VIBE
  • Trademark Registration
  • If applicable, the drafting or reviewing of a franchise agreement

To qualify for an L-1 visa where a new office is involved, you need to submit evidence such as:

  • The sufficient physical premises for the new office;
  • The financial ability to commence doing business in the U.S.;
  • The intended U.S. operation that will support a managerial or executive position within 1 year, if the beneficiary is coming to the U.S. as a manager or executive; and
  • The beneficiary meets the 1-year continuous employment requirement.

Davies & Associates is a legal specialist with a corporate legal team that can assist you with any legal issues in setting up a New Office L1 Visa.

New Office L1 Petitions

When applying for an L1 visa for a new office of a US business, special regulations come into play.

Defining a New Office:

A new office refers to a company that has been engaged in business operations in the US through a parent, branch, affiliate, or subsidiary for less than one year.

To qualify as "doing business," it must involve the consistent and systematic provision of goods and/or services, as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l). Merely having a physical office presence in the US isn't sufficient; there must be active business activities.

Heightened Scrutiny for New Office Petitions:

Petitions for L1 visas related to new offices undergo stricter scrutiny. To enhance your chances of approval, it's advisable to include a comprehensive business plan with your petition.

Key factors that USCIS examines in new office L1 applications include:

  1. The level of investment.
  2. Planned personnel structure.
  3. Physical premises where business operations will occur.
  4. The viability and sustainability of the foreign company.

Ensuring thorough consideration of these factors can bolster the success of your new office L1 visa application.

L-1 Visa Requirements

When applying for an L1 Visa, there are requirements that both employers and employees must meet. We have highlighted these requirements below so you can be properly guided:

For the employer:

  • A qualifying relationship. The US company must have a qualifying relationship, either as a branch office, subsidiary, parent, affiliate, etc. with the foreign company.
  • A physical office. If it is for the establishment of a new U.S. office, there must be adequate physical premises secured.
  • Engaged in business in the U.S. The petitioning employer must be conducting business in the U.S. and another country for the entire duration of the employee's stay in the U.S.

If you're an employee applying for an L1-A Visa, you can also click here to check the full requirements and qualifications.

For the L1-A Employee:

  • Continuous 1-year employment. You should have worked in the foreign company continuously for at least a year within the 3 years before your transfer.
  • Managerial or executive position. You should be working in the foreign company in a managerial or executive capacity.
  • Employment with the qualifying organization. You should be sent to a U.S. company which has a qualifying relationship with the foreign company and will be assuming the same managerial or executive role.

Please take note that you don't need to prove that you're employed full-time in the company but instead that a regular and large portion of your time is dedicated to the company. Moreover, there are no salary or national restrictions for this visa.

For the L1-B employee:

  • Continuous 1-year employment. You should have worked in the foreign company continuously for at least a year within the 3 years before your transfer.
  • Specialized knowledge position. You should be working in the foreign company in a specialized knowledge capacity.
  • Employment with the qualifying organization. You should be sent to a U.S. company which has a qualifying relationship with the foreign company and will be providing your specialized services or knowledge.

Aside from the general qualifications, there are various relevant documents that you need to submit with your petition to prove your qualifications and eligibility. You and your employer must be cautious in filing the forms and documents as this may lead to possible denial or delay.

Generally, you would need to submit the following documents with your petition:

  • Evidence of the qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the U.S. company
  • Evidence that you have worked continuously for a year within the 3 years before your transfer
  • Evidence that you have worked in a managerial, executive or specialized knowledge capacity for a foreign company
  • Evidence that you will be assuming the same role upon your transfer to the U.S. company.

Moreover, the foreign company must include the following documents with the petition:

  • The articles of incorporation
  • The certification of incorporation
  • Stock certificates
  • Financial statements and business tax returns
  • A copy of the office lease and pictures of the business
  • Organizational chart of the company
  • Company promotional materials
  • A detailed statement from an authorized representative about the control and ownership of the company.

The U.S. company is also required to include the following documents:

  • The articles of incorporation
  • The corporate by-laws
  • Stock certificates
  • Business license and financial statements
  • The company's organizational chart and detailed business plan
  • Company promotional materials
  • A detailed statement from an authorized representative about the control and ownership of the company.

As for the transferring employee, this must be submitted:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Your job description and duties both with the foreign company and the U.S. company
  • Any evidence that demonstrates the range of your employment with the foreign company.

Please take note that the list above is not exhaustive and you may need to submit other and additional documents to prove your eligibility for the visa. If you have hired an immigration lawyer to help you with your application, they can help determine the list of documents you would need to submit based on your circumstances.

If you so desire, you can also check more about the requirements on L1 Visa to learn more about the key criteria in being eligible for the visa.

L1 Visa Duration/Validity

Maximum L-1 Visa Validity Period

L-1A visas have an initial period of a maximum of 3 years and can be extended up to a maximum term of 7 years plus time spent outside the United States while on an L1-A visa otherwise known as “Recapture Time”


L-1 B visas have an initial period of a maximum of 3 years but can only be extended up to a maximum term of five (5) years plus Recapture Time.

Reciprocity, Visa Validity, Allowed Entries and One Year New Office Rule

  1. U.S. State Department Reciprocity Table: Initial Visa Validity Period
  2. The initial validity of an L1 visa in USA is determined by something called the “Reciprocity Schedule”. Each country has its own reciprocity schedule for the L1 Visa. Some countries have longer visa validity periods than others, some examples are given below. You can find your country on the State Department’s website.

    The reciprocity schedule determines the maximum length of validity for the initial visa. After this time period, an applicant can renew their L-1 visa in USA up to a maximum of seven (7) years for an L1A visa and five (5) years for an L1B visa.
  3. Number of Entries on an L1 Visa
  4. An L-1 visa holder may be granted a limited or “multiple” number of entries on their L1 visa, based on the reciprocity schedule of their country of origin. When the maximum of U.S. entries is met, the L-1 visa holder will have to obtain a new L-1 visa for future U.S. entries.
  5. New Office L-1 Visa Rule

Applicants for “New Office” L-1 Visas are all initially granted a maximum of 1-year visa. This allows the USCIS to check the progress of the establishment of the new U.S. office.

If sufficient progress has been granted, it can then be extended in increments of two years up to the standard maximum of five or seven years for L1A and L1B visas respectively.

L1 Visa Application Process

In getting started with your L-1 Visa application process, there are a few basic steps that you must follow:

Step 1. You must first file a petition on Form I-129 with the USCIS.

Step 2. You must have supporting documentation proving that the U.S. company and the foreign company meet the qualifying requirements.

Step 3. The USCIS will provide the approval of Form I-129 through Form I-797. This notice can be used as a basis for your L-1 petition.

Take note that the applicants who are already in the U.S. during the filing of the I-129 can request a change in status from non-immigrant, and only after the L-1 Visa has been approved that your dependents can apply for an L-2 Visa.

Meanwhile, if your company has a combined U.S. revenue of at least $25 million or has a minimum of 1,000 employees working in the U.S., they are eligible for an L-1 Blanket Petition which allows them to file a single petition for multiple employees.

For all L-1 visas the first steps are the same:

Description Notes L-1 Visa Timeline
Step 1 Documentation Phase and Preparation of Business Plan. Preparation of a full and detailed list of documents. The immigration lawyer will prepare a customized list of documents based on a case-to-case basis.
The business plan team prepares an immigration-compliant and detailed business plan.
The documents are requested from the foreign company, the U.S. company, and the beneficiary.
The business plan usually takes two weeks to draft.
Step 2 VIBE Registration Ensure U.S. business is registered in VIBE The process can take several days.
Step 3 I-129 Petition Preparation of L-1 Visa Petition on Form I-129 (and the L-supplement). A Form DS-160 must also be submitted to the State Department.
Filing of L-1 Visa Petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)
The I-129 preparation is also subject to quality review before filing. The typical timeline is 2 weeks after the documentation is complete.
Step 4 I-129 Adjudication Decision of the L-1 Visa Petition by the USCIS.
Adjudication can result in:
  1. An approval
  2. Request for Clarification (“RFC”)
  3. Request for Evidence (“RFE”)
  4. Notice of Intent to Deny (“NOID”)
  5. Denial
If the beneficiary opts for Premium Processing, the decision will be given within 15 days.
Otherwise, the results can take months.
I-129 Petitions must be prepared with utmost care as anything other than an approval can prolong processing times by months.

Additional steps for Applicants inside the United States

Description Notes L-1 Visa Timeline
L-1 Visa Beneficiaries Inside the United States and Change of Status (“COS”)
Step 5 Immigration Status Change After I-129 Petition Approval Upon approval of the I-129 Petition/L-1 Visa Petition the beneficiary of the L-1 Visa Petition will have their immigration status automatically changed to “L-1 status”. Instantaneous upon I-129 approval.
Step 6 Visa Stamping When a beneficiary with an L-1 Visa status with no more valid visa leaves the United States, they will need to have an L-1 Visa “stamped” on their passport. This process takes place at the local U.S. consulate.
No U.S. Visas are currently issued from within the United States.
Consular processing times vary (see below)
L-1Visa Beneficiaries Outside the United States and Consular Processing
Step 5 Visa Interview The beneficiary of a successful L-1 Visa Petition will be invited to attend an interview at their local U.S. consulate. It can take serval months to obtain a visa, depending on the consulate.
See State Department Visa Waiting times which vary by consulate.
Step 6 Visa Issuance Upon successful completion of the L-1 Visa interview, the U.S. consulate will retain the beneficiary’s passport. The passport will then be returned with an L-1 visa stamped inside it. It can take serval months to obtain a visa, depending on the consulate.
See State Department Visa Waiting times which vary by consulate.

L1 Extensions

L1A Extensions:

Initially, L1A visas for managers and executives are granted for a duration of 3 years. These visas can be extended twice, each time for a period of 2 years, allowing for a maximum stay of 7 years in the US under L1A status.

L1B Extensions:

For specialized knowledge workers under the L1B category, visas are initially issued for 2 years. Similar to L1A visas, L1B visas can be extended twice, but each extension is for a duration of 1 year, allowing for a total stay of 5 years in the US under L1B status.

New Office L1 Extensions:

New office L1 visas are initially granted for a period of 1 year. To extend an L1A visa for managers and executives, the petitioner must demonstrate that the US company is still in need of a managerial or executive position. This typically involves ensuring that the US company has sufficient staff to manage daily operations.

Differences Between New Office Extensions and Existing Office Extensions:

For extensions of L1 visas related to new offices, it's crucial that the specific foreign company that sponsored the initial petition remains operational. This is a requirement for the extension to be approved.

In contrast, for extensions of L1 visas related to existing offices, the specific foreign company that initially sponsored the petition does not necessarily need to remain operational. Instead, there must be a qualifying relationship between a foreign company and the US company during the period of L1 status. However, it's not mandatory for it to be the same foreign company that the individual worked for initially.

L1 Blanket Visa

The L1 blanket visa is designed for employers who frequently utilize the L1 visa program to transfer foreign workers.

Benefits of L1 Blanket Visa:

With an L1 blanket visa certification, L1 employees can directly apply for their L1 visa at the consulate without needing prior approval of their I-129 petition.

Qualifications for L1 Blanket Visa:

To be eligible for L1 blanket certification, the following criteria must be met:

  • The US company and all associated entities (parents, subsidiaries, etc.) must be involved in commercial trade or services.
  • The US company must have had an operational office in the US for at least one year.
  • The US company must have three or more domestic and foreign branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates.
  • The US company and all qualifying organizations must fulfill one of the following conditions:
  1. Have obtained approval for at least 10 L1 worker petitions within the past year.
  2. Have US subsidiaries or affiliates with a combined annual revenue of at least $25 million.
  3. Employ a US workforce of at least 1,000 employees.

These requirements are outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l).

Preparing to File an L-1 Visa

Prior to filing a petition for an L-1 Visa, there are several documents that must be prepared both by the foreign company and the beneficiary/ We have summarised below the document checklist that needed to be submitted in support of the petition:

Foreign Company Documentation

Generally, these documents are expected from the overseas business entity:

  • Your lawyer’s long-form certificate of Good Standing, which is usually expected by the consular staff
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Business license
  • Filings for income tax in the past three years
  • Accounting reports that were audited (e.g., profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cash flow reports, etc.)
  • An organizational chart, that indicates the total number of employees and the position held by the transferee
  • Company brochure or product introduction.
  • Documents that show business transactions (e.g., letters of credit, invoices, bills of lading, letters of credit, commercial contracts, etc.)
  • Bank statements or transactional records
  • A company letterhead with company logo, name, and address (several sheets)
  • The pictures of the company's main office, factories, or buildings (disregard if already included in a company brochure or product introduction)

L-1 Beneficiary Documentation

Generally, these documents are expected from the foreign worker or L-1 Visa beneficiary:

  • Current passport
  • Recent passport-size coloured photograph
  • Resume
  • Diploma
  • Form DS-160
  • Interview appointment letter, both original and photocopy
  • Visa issuance fee demand draft
  • Employment verification letter from the foreign company
  • Information regarding the U.S. company
  • Bank records from the previous 6 months
  • Letter of reference from colleagues
  • The board resolution or appointment documents verifying the transfer of the foreign worker to the U.S.
  • Receipt number of I-129 petition along with its physical copy
  • Any other documents showing the transferee's ability to conduct business in the executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity

Other types of U.S. Visas for Entrepreneurs and Businesses

There are other types of entrepreneur and work visas you can obtain to acquire permission to work in the United States. However, the process can be complicated and would require a working knowledge of the different Visa options that are available.

If you want to know which visas you can apply for or petition for to start a business or work in the U.S., you can click here for more information.

US Entrepreneur Visas

The United States is also referred to as the land of opportunity, where one can achieve anything no matter who they are, and thus, the country has been welcoming for investors and entrepreneurs looking for business growth.

There are different Entrepreneur Visas for the United States which you can apply for if you want to enter the global market.

L1 Visas For Small Business

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L1 Visa Eligibility and Application:

The step - by - step process of getting L1 Visa from India:

  1. Check your eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the L1 Visa category. You must have worked for a qualifying multinational company for at least one continuous year within the past three years.
  2. Obtain a job offer: You must have a job offer from a U.S.-based employer with a qualifying relationship with your current employer.
  3. File a petition: Your employer must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with USCIS on your behalf. This includes providing evidence of the qualifying relationship between the two companies, as well as your qualifications and job duties.
  4. Attend an interview: You will need to attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in India. You will need to bring all relevant documentation, such as your passport, Visa application, and supporting evidence.
  5. Wait for a decision: After the interview, you will need to wait for a decision on your L1 Visa application. If approved, you will receive your Visa and be able to travel to the United States.
  6. The US company with a qualifying relationship with your foreign company must file a petition for your transfer to the US.
  7. If you have any questions about how to get an L1 Visa for USA from India, please check our L1 Visa India page.

If you are currently in the US on a different Visa status, you may need to file a change of status application along with your L1 Visa petition.

Yes, it is possible for individuals on an L1 Visa to apply for a green card, which would give them permanent residency status in the United States.

However, the process of obtaining a green card can be complex and time-consuming.

One common way for L1 Visa holders to apply for a green card is through their employer.

The employer can sponsor the employee for a green card by filing a petition on their behalf, typically through either the EB-2 or EB-3 employment-based immigration categories.

The employee would then have to go through a rigorous application process, including demonstrating that they meet the requirements for the specific green card category they are applying under.

Another option for L1 Visa holders seeking a green card is to apply through a family-based immigration category.

For example, if the L1 Visa holder is married to a U.S. citizen, their spouse could sponsor them for a green card through the marriage-based immigration category.

It is recommended that individuals seeking a green card consult with an experienced immigration attorney for guidance on the best strategy for their specific situation.

If you have been issued an L1A visa for executives and managers, you may be eligible for the EB-1C category for multinational managers and executives.

The L1 Visa category has two sub-categories. L1A for managers and executives and L1B for specialized knowledge employees.

No. Birth certificate is not required.

Marriage certificate is required for the spouse to apply as dependent.

To apply for L2 visa for the spouse, a marriage certificate must be provided to prove eligibility.

The L1 Visa holder and the L2 Visa holder do not have to travel together. The L2 Visa holder can still travel to the US without the principal L1 Visa holder.

L1 Visa Benefits and Restrictions:

Yes, the spouse of an L1 Visa holder can work in the United States by obtaining an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The EAD allows the spouse to work for any employer in the United States without any restrictions.

Yes. The L spouse is employment authorized.

Yes. The L spouse is employment authorized.

No. An L2 Visa holder is dependant on an L1 Visa holder, and without an L1 Visa holder to provide support, an L2 Visa holder cannot stay in the US.

Yes, L1 Visa holders are allowed to work in the United States. They must have a valid work permit from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to work in the US.

No, you cannot work on L1 Visa requirements and get an H1B Visa. The L1 Visa is for intracompany transfers, and the H1B Visa is for individuals coming to the US to work in specialty occupations. To qualify for an H1B Visa, you must meet certain criteria and requirements as outlined by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

No, you cannot register a new company while on an L1-B Visa. The L1 Visa is a nonimmigrant Visa that allows foreign nationals to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis in a managerial or executive capacity. This Visa does not allow the individual to own or operate a business in the U.S.

No, an L1-B Visa is not suitable for a recreational visit to the US. The L1 Visa is for intracompany transferees and does not provide for leisure travel. You would need to apply for a B-2 Visa for visiting the US for leisure purposes.

A successful L1 applicant applying for a Visa under L1 Visa can take their spouse to the United States, as well as any dependent children under the age of 21. Spouses are eligible to apply for work authorization to work in the United States. They are not restricted to working in the same L1 business as their spouse.

L1 Visa and Green Card:

If you are a manager or executive in the United States on an L1A category Visa, you may apply for permanent residency (Green Card) through the EB1C Visa.

A key requirement of EB1C Visa is that the manager or executive must have worked outside the US for at least one of the preceding three years before you entered the United States on an L1A.

The L1 Visa is a “dual intent Visa”, which means that you are permitted to search for alternative Visas and permanent residency and do not need to prove an intention to return home.

One of the main benefits of EB1C Visa is that you are not required to obtain labor certification.

L1B Visas for employees with specialized knowledge are valid for a maximum of five years after this time you must leave the country or switch to another Visa.

For L1A holders this usually means the EB1C Visa route for managers and executives. This is unlikely to be an option for L1B holders.

The L1B holder may be able to build a case for an EB2 Visa (advanced degree) or an EB3 Visa (highly skilled worker).

Both EB2 Visa and EB3 Visa are immigrant Visas, which means they offer permanent residency (Green Cards).

L1 Visa in Different Countries:

The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from Chennai to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. Know how to obtain L1 Visa at The US Consulate General in Chennai, India by clicking the link for more information.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from Mumbai (Bombay) to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. Learn how to obtain L1 Visa at The US Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay), India by clicking the link for more information.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from New Delhi, to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. Discover how to obtain L1 Visa at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India by clicking the link for more information.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from Hyderabad to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. Find out how to obtain L1 Visa at the US Embassy in Hyderabad, India by clicking the link for more information.

Italy is a nation of entrepreneurs and business owners, many of whom seek their fortunes overseas. Check out how to L1 Visas for Italian Business Owners and Transferees by clicking the link for more information.

The L1 Visa allows a U.S. employer to transfer an executive, manager, or employee with specialized knowledge from Vietnam to a U.S. legal entity. There are two types of L1 Visas. The L1A Visa is for executives and managers and the L1B is for employees with specialized knowledge. Know how to L1 Visa for Vietnamese Nationals by clicking the link for more information.

If you have an existing and viable business in the Philippines and you want to expand your operations in the U.S., you may qualify for L-1 Visa. The L-1 Visa is ideal for small businesses and start-ups as it permits the transfer of managers and executives who possess direct knowledge of operations as well as the goals of the main office. Multi-national companies can also use the L-1 Visa to develop a new market in the U.S. Take the crucial next step by contacting us at Davies & Associates. We will guide you through every step of the way to make your vision a reality. Learn how to L1 Visa for Filipinos Nationals by clicking the link for more information.

US Immigration Options for Italian Nationals: L1 Visas for Italian Business Owners & Transferees

Italy is a nation of entrepreneurs and business owners, many of whom seek their fortunes overseas. Click here for more information about L1 Visas for Italian Business Owners & Transferees

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Why make Davies & Associates Your L1 Visa Lawyers

The L-1 Visa can be highly complex, and while it can be proven easier than other visa categories, the USCIS has become stricter and more critical of L-1 visa petitions due to widespread abuse. To give you leverage in your L-1 Visa petition, it's highly crucial that you consult with the best L1 visa attorneys for the job now.

Here at Davies & Associates, we will assist you from the start until the end of your petition to make it efficient and to minimize the L1 visa costs spent.

We have helped hundreds of clients in obtaining their L-1 Visa with a 100% success rate. We have assisted with both existing-office and new-office L-1 Visa applications no matter the size of the company.

Our corporate lawyers and immigration lawyers work closely to ensure that your business meets all the qualifications and requirements.

We also go beyond and can assist you with your L-1 Visa renewals, or when you want to switch to a Green Card to gain lawful permanent resident status.

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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
3 months ago

"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
5 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
6 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.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
9 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.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
a year 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.

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