About the L1 Visa

L1 Visas are nonimmigrant visas which allow a foreign company to transfer qualified employees to its U.S. subsidiary, branch office, affiliate or parent company, which can also be a newly established office. The transferring employee must have worked for the foreign company continuously for one full year within the past 3 years prior to the filing of the petition, and the U.S. company must have a qualifying relationship with the multinational company.
As opposed to other nonimmigrant visas, the L-1 Visa is considered as a dual intent visa. This means that the L1 Visa holder may apply for a green card without risking their nonimmigrant status for the duration of their stay.

Types of L1 Visa

L-1A Visa

The L-1A Visa is for transferring professionals employed in an executive or managerial capacity for the foreign company and will be assuming the same role and capacity in the qualified U.S. company. Moreover, the L-1A Visa allows an executive or manager to be transferred to a newly established office in the U.S.. The visa is initially valid for three years for established U.S. companies, which have been fully operating for more than one yea. It can be extended in two-year increments up to seven years. On the other hand, an initial period of one year will be given to a beneficiary of a petition filed by a new office.

L-1B Visa

The L-1B Visa is for transferring professionals employed in a specialized knowledge position. They may possess propriety knowledge about the company's product and services or will be travelling to the U.S. to train new U.S. employees. Moreover, the L-1B classification allows a a newly established U.S. office to file a petition for a specialized knowledge employee.

The Value of an Experienced L-1 Visa Attorney

Immigration lawyers can assist you in ensuring that the foreign company, the U.S. company, and the applicant are qualified for the L-1 Visa. They can also guide and create a long-term plan to ensure that dependents and the applicant can obtain and maintain the benefits of an L-1 Visa.
Moreover, not all businesses are good models for an L-1 Visa, and a lawyer experienced with immigration law can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different business models with you.
They can also explain and help you navigate the complex laws through different immigration solutions, and assist you with your struggles in your application.
Davies & Associateshas a team of experienced immigration attorneys who can help you from the start to the end of your L1 Visa application and has helped multiple applicants with different backgrounds and circumstances regarding their visa application.

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Benefits of Hiring Our L-1 Immigration Attorney

There are some associated benefits when you collaborate with our experienced L-1 Visa lawyer:

  • A consistent legal representation for the duration of your visa application;

  • Our corporate lawyers and immigration lawyers work closely with you to ensure that you meet all the qualifications and requirements;

  • We go beyond and assist you even with L-1 Visa renewals and extensions, or when you want to obtain a green card; and

  • Our assistance from the start until the end of your application will help the overall process become more efficient and minimize the costs spent.

L-1 Visa Application Process

The L1 Visa process starts with the petitioning company filing a Form I-129 petition with the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS). It can take several months for the application to be completed, but the USCIS offers premium processing for USD 2, 500 which ensures that the petition is processed within 15 days.

L-1 Visa Validity

The L-1A and the L-1B Visa are valid initially for three years and can be extended in increments of two years.

Meanwhile, if the petitioning U.S. company is a new office, the L-1 petition will be approved for an initial period of one year.

L-1 Visa Requirements

To be able to qualify, here are the L-1 Visa requirements that must be met both by you and your employer:

  • The qualifying relationship between the U.S. company and the foreign company, which can be parent-subsidiary, affiliate, or branch relationship.

  • You have worked full-time for the foreign company continuously for at least 1 full year within the last 3 years before filing the petition as executive, manager, or specialized knowledge employee; and

  • You will be transferred to the U.S. to assume an executive, manager, or specialized knowledge employee.

Required Documents for L-1 Visa

Required Documents for U.S. Company

Aside from filing and paying the correct L1 Visa costs, the employer and the transferring employee must also submit the required supporting documents. The U.S. Company must present the following required supporting documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation and corporate by-laws;

  • Business license;

  • Stock certificates and audited accounts;

  • Business financial statements and promotional materials;

  • A description of the business and a detailed business plan;

  • An organizational chart that includes the total number of employees and the transferee's position either as a specialized knowledge professional or an executive or managerial capacity;

  • Business location lease and/or pictures of the company's main office, factories or buildings, if not included in the promotional material;

  • Bank statements or proof of initial investment;

  • Corporate tax returns, if any;

  • Employer's Quarterly Report Form 941, if any; and

  • A company letterhead with logo, name, and address.

If you're an employee coming to the US to work for a new office, you would need to submit evidence of the establishment of the new office such as an office space lease, contracts, and copies of applicable business permits.

Required Documents for Foreign Company

Meanwhile, the following documents are required from the foreign company:

  • Articles of Incorporation;

  • Business License;

  • Stock certificates and audited accounts;

  • Business financial statements, and tax filings for the past 3 years;

  • Evidence proving business transactions such as contracts, bills of lading, and letters of credit among others;

  • Business promotional materials such as company brochures or product overviews;

  • An organizational chart that includes the total number of employees and proof that the employee is holding a specialized knowledge, executive, or managerial position;

  • Any contract or document detailing the affiliate relationship or corporate filings describing the corporate relationship;

  • A statement from an authorized representative detailing the ownership and control of the company; and

  • A company letterhead with logo, name, and address.

L-1 Visa Renewal

The L-1A can be extended up to a maximum of seven years, while the L-1B can be extended up to a maximum of five years. It will take around 30 to 90 days for the extension to be processed but in some circumstances, the processing time for the extension can depend on the service center's caseload. There is an option to request for premium processing by paying an additional fee of $2,500 to the government.

How Davies and Associates Can Help You

The L-1 Visa application can be complex for both the employer and the transferring employee. You must consult with the best and most experienced immigration attorney to give you the best course of action during your visa application.

Davies & Associates will assist you from the start until the end of your petition to help minimize the costs you need to spend and to ensure that you meet all the qualifications and requirements.

Our team can also give you consultations and advice if the L-1 Visa is the perfect option based on your goals and circumstances.

We go beyond the visa application and can assist you even with renewals or when you want to eventually apply for a lawful permanent resident status.

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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 immigration 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 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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"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."

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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.

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Saeed Muhammad
6 months ago

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Satyabrat Chowdhury
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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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