L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visa
L-1 Visa Assistance
For companies seeking to move foreign workers to U.S. based operations of the company, an L-1 visa provides a temporary means of relocating those employees. To obtain an L-1 visa, the employee must have worked for the company for one year of the last three. The U.S. company the employer is seeking to move its employee to must be the parent, child or sister company of that employer. Non-profits and religious or charitable groups may also obtain L-1 visas for their workers. Aliens receiving L-1 visas need not be full-time employees, but they must spend a substantial amount of time on a regular basis on the work of that employer.
Obtaining an L-1 visa can be time-consuming and difficult. That’s why many companies seeking L-1 visas for their employees use an L-1 attorney. Denver-based immigration lawyer Samira Recob can help companies and individuals with obtaining these visas. The Law Office of Samira Recob can evaluate individual cases to see if the L-1 visa is the appropriate solution and help file all necessary paperwork and documentation.
L-1 visas provide an excellent way for small or new overseas companies to expand their operations to the U.S., allowing them to optimally use their existing workforce. With an L-1 visa, an overseas company can transfer a manager or executive experienced in the company’s operations and its goals for its U.S. operations. Larger companies can benefit from using L-1 visas to give their employees international experience and from having the flexibility to send super-star employees to work in the world’s largest economy.
USCIS thoroughly reviews L-1 petitions filed by lesser-known and start-up companies, so it helps to have the advice of an expert L-1 attorney. Denver law firm the Law Office of Samira Recob has helped many companies obtain L-1 visas for employs and has experience in navigating the bureaucratic process involved.
L-1A visas come in two categories, L-1A visas for executives and L-1B visas for specialized workers.
The L-1A visa is for managers and executives who need to work in the U.S. To obtain an L-1A, the employee must have worked in a leadership role in the company for at least one of the past three years. The visa is beneficial to companies expanding into the U.S. as it allows companies applying for a L-1A to send an employee here to establish a presence in the U.S. L-1A visas are good for a year for companies new to the U.S. and good for three years for companies with an existing American presence. These visas may be renewed in two-year increments for up to a seven-year stay.
L-1B visas are intended to allow employees with specialized knowledge to reside in the U.S. For example, a L-1B visa holder may be an employee with proprietary knowledge of the products or services a company offers who comes to the U.S. to teach U.S. employees this knowledge. L-1B visas are good for three years and may be extended to a maximum five-year stay. After the maximum is reached, the L-1B holder must work overseas for a year before becoming eligible again.
To help expedite the process of getting an L-1 visa, it is often helpful to hire a L-1 attorney. Denver immigration lawyer Samira Recob can help companies obtain L-1 visas for their employees, including blanket requests for several employees that require only one approval from the USCIS.
Holders of L-1 visas may apply for permanent residency status, and their spouses may also apply for worker visas. The Law Office of Samira Recob can help with these needs as well.