An L-1 visa is a temporary non-immigrant visa that allows international companies to transfer qualified employees from a foreign entity to the U.S. If you’re considering petitioning for an L-1 visa, you’ll likely have many questions: How long will this process take? What information will I need? Will I have to leave my family behind? The qualified visa attorneys at Urbina Law Firm can assist clients with preparing work visa applications and expediting the process to hit the ground running in their new position.
An L-1 Visa can be obtained for two types of workers. Generally, executives must apply for and obtain L-1A visas. This includes employees with major decision-making or management duties. Other foreign workers can apply for visa L1-B, granted to people with specialized knowledge about the company’s products, services, or other business interests. The company typically uses the service to recruit and hire employees necessary for the organization’s operations in America.
L-1A Visas are issued to transfer managers and executives from overseas offices to U.S. offices in a corporate structure or to establish a new office. Qualified employees must have been employed for at least one year and possess executive or managerial capacity such as:
L-1 B Visas are reserved for transferring individuals with specialized knowledge of the company’s interests from one of its foreign offices to the U.S. or for establishing a new office. To qualify, an employee must have been working abroad for more than one year in the three years before admission to the U.S.
For L-1 visa applications, companies must meet two basic conditions.
To apply for an L-1 visa, your employer must file Form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker), with a fee, on your behalf. The standard fee for this petition is $460 and an additional $2,500 if you choose to have it processed under Premium Processing. Once this form is approved, you must file Form DS-160 with the Department of State, including a filing fee of $160.
An L-1 visa extension can be granted in two-year increments. For a visa extension, you must complete several steps, and the process is closely related to the original visa. Your employer must file another petition for you before your I-94 leave date.
In addition, the petition requires several documents, including
This process can seem overwhelming, but our visa attorneys at Urbina Immigration Law can help you navigate the process step-by-step.
Each service center processing your petition has its workload, and processing time may differ. However, the average processing time is six months or less.
All visa applications submitting I-129 petitions have a premium processing option. It can reduce processing time from 4-6 months to only 15 days. Your employer can claim reimbursement of the fees for processing the application in time of default. However, premium processing doesn’t guarantee your petition’s acceptance, but it is a convenient tool for anyone who needs to get into the USA immediately.
Contact an L1 visa immigration attorney to determine what services best suit your immigration situation.
Generally, visa applicants must present documentation showing their intention to return after expiration. However, USCIS considers L-1 visas dual intent, meaning you can pursue lawful permanent residence in the U.S.
A blanket petition is one of the main benefits to international companies. It allows them to file a single work authorization petition for multiple employees, saving time and money. To qualify, companies must have combined revenue of at least 25 million or a minimum of 1,000 employees.
Our attorneys at Urbina Law Firm can help with processing an L-1 visa for entry into the United States. Immigration law is subject to change, potentially making pushing your application through difficult. Even the smallest mistakes during this process can result in denial.
We can help you avoid mistakes and get your documents processed in a timely manner by:
If you’re ready to fast-track your L-1 visa application, it’s time to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer. Contact an experienced visa attorney at Urbina Law Firm today, so you can get back to doing important work.