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Extension or Renewal Process of an L-1 Visa
L-1 visa holders get a maximum period of 5 or 7 years depending on the specific classification. Under the L-1A classification for managers or executives, the permissible stay in the US is a maximum of 7 years, whereas on an L-1B which is reserved for specialized knowledge workers, the maximum is 5 years. An L-1 Visa extension can only be filed by your employer, and the extension petition has to be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiry of your existing I-94. The I-94 which is issued by the US Customs and Border Protection upon your entry in the US in L-1 status dictates the length of your stay in the US (The length of stay is generally tied to the validity period of your existing approved L-1 petition)
To be able to extend your L-1 status in the US, you need to essentially satisfy the same criteria as applicable to the initial/earlier L-1 petition, such as providing proof of employment either as an executive, manager or specialized knowledge employee by the related foreign company, parent, branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of the U.S. company for 1 year out of 3 years before you entered the US in L-1 status.
Period of Stay on an L-1 Visa
If the L-1 petition for foreign worker is filed for an established business in the US (i.e., business that’s been in operation for at least more than one year), the employee is initially granted a stay in the US for 3 years. Meanwhile, if the L-1 petition was filed for you to come to the U.S. to set up a new office, your initial stay is only for 1 year.
An L-1. Visa application can be divided into two categories: the L-1A Visa and the L-1B Visa.
The L-1A Visa is for employees who are working as an executive or manager in a qualifying company for at least 1 out of 3 years preceding the filing of the L-1 petition and will be working as a manager or executive with a U.S. brand, affiliate, or subsidiary of the same company. This L-1 status may be extended in increments of 2 years, subject to a maximum permissible period of 7 years.
Meanwhile, the L-1B Visa is for a specialized knowledge worker working in a qualifying company for at least 1 out of 3 years before they arrive in the U.S. to work in a qualifying relationship in a similar specialized knowledge capacity.L-1B status can be extended in increments of 2 years, subject to a maximum permissible period of 5 years.
When is the time to apply for an extension
You would need to apply to extend your status in the United States before the expiry date listed on your most recent Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record which usually will coincide with the expiry date of your L-1 petition.
Your petition doesn't need to be approved before your status expires, what matters is your petition is properly filed with the USCIS before your status expiration date.
Duration for New Offices and Existing Offices
From a procedural standpoint, another factor that determines the maximum duration amount of your L-1 Visa is whether you're applying for an L-1 Visa as a new office or as an existing office.
An L-1 Visa is initially granted for 3 years with 2-year extensions for both the L-1A and L-1B Visa. However, if the L-1 petition is approved for a new office, the approval will have a one year validity with 2-year extensions available at the end of the one- year period.
If you have reached your 5-year or 7-year limit, you must be outside of the U.S. for at least 1 year before you can reapply for an L-1 Visa.
Regular and Blanket Visa Extensions
There are two major categories of L-1 Visa extensions: regular and blanket visa extensions.
A regular visa extension refers to an application and approval for each employee beneficiary. Meanwhile, a blanket visa extension refers to a petition filed for visa extensions for multiple employees at a time.
To qualify for an L-1 blanket extension, the employer must have a minimum of 1, 000 employees, must have obtained L-1 visas for at least 10 foreign employees, and must have a combined revenue of no less than $25 million USD.
L-1 Visa Extension Processing Time
There are several factors which affect the extension processing time. One factor may be the service centre processing your renewal. The average time for the renewal processing time is 6 months, but it could go for 8 months or more in some cases.
This applies to both L-1 Visa extensions as they all entail filing the same I-129 petition.
L-1 Visa Premium Processing
If you want to accelerate your application process, you can pay the premium processing fee. Once you've chosen this option, your petition will be processed within 15 calendar days for the amount of $2,500 USD.
However, take note that even if you choose this option, there's no guarantee that your application will be approved. It only guarantees that your petition will be processed within 15 calendar days. If your petition gets rejected, you will get a refund.
L-1 Visa Extension Fees
The government filing fees applicable to an L-1 extension that are borne by the employer areI-129 Application - $460 USD
Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee - $500 USD
The premium processing fee can be paid by you or your employer, which may be available to you depending on your circumstances.
Meanwhile, L-2 dependent extension filings require a fee of USD 370.
Extension beyond the 5-year and 7-year limits
If you're in L-1 status, you are given a maximum period of 5 years on an L-1B or 7 years on an L-1A The period spent outside of the U.S. does not count toward the 5-year or 7-year calculation. Any period, which is at least 1 full day, spent outside the U.S. is eligible to be recaptured, meaning it can be added back to the total 7 year or 5 total period of stay. You have to provide evidence proving your time spent outside of the U.S. such as boarding passes or flight confirmations among others. Your dependents under the L-2 Visa category are also eligible to recapture the time they spent outside of the U.S.
Here at Davies & Associates, we have experts in immigration law who can help you ensure that you have the best chance of being granted an L-1 Visa extension.
Change of status
If you didn't spend time outside of the U.S. for the duration of your L-1 Visa, there might be other options to continue to remain in the US lawfully. You may file a change of status from L-1 to another non-immigrant status during the validity of your L-1 status (i.e. until the expiry of your I-94). This process is handled within the U.S.
One non-immigrant option you can consider is an E-2 Visa, which allows you to live and work in the U.S. based on investing in a U.S. business. You may also opt for an O-1 Visa which is available for people with an extraordinary ability in a certain area, allowing you to live in the U.S. and work in your area of extraordinary ability.
Extension for L-2 Visa dependents
The spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 of L-1 Visa holders can stay with them in the U.S. under the L-2 Visa based on their L-1 nonimmigrant status. Previously, spouses need an Employment Authorization Document to work. You may also check further details about spouses working on an L-1 Visa in our article here.
If you have family members on the L-2 Visa, they will also need to extend their visas if they want to remain with you in the U.S. Since their L-2 Visa is dependent on your L-1 Visa, their permission to stay in the U.S. is tied to your L-1 expiry
To extend an L-2 Visa, a Form I-539 petition must be filedeither:
with your I-129 petition
by itself, including a copy of the receipt notice of your I-129 petition; or
by itself, including the approval notice for your I-129 petition.
The I-539 petition must be received by the USCIS before the expiration of the L-2 status.
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