L-1 Visa Lawyer

L-1 Visa Attorney

In today’s globalized world, businesses often need to transfer employees to different locations to meet the demands of their clients and operations. The L-1 visa is a popular way for companies to transfer key employees from their foreign offices to US parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies. However, the L-1 visa application process can be complex. Even minor errors or omissions can lead to significant delays or visa denials. Don’t leave the fate of your L-1 visa application to chance. Hiring an experienced L-1 visa attorney ensures that your application is handled correctly and efficiently, giving you the best possible chance of a successful outcome.

Bashyam Global Immigration Law Group has decades of experience helping companies and individuals successfully obtain L-1 visas. Our knowledgeable L-1 visa attorneys are well-versed in the complexity of this process and can provide comprehensive legal counsel to ensure your application is complete and accurate. We have expertise in all types of L-1 visas, including the L-1A for Executives and Managers and the L-1B for specialized knowledge personnel. Our attorneys will be with you every step of the way, from drafting the initial petition to preparing for visa interviews.

Contact us today for a consultation. We are here for your success.

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What is the L-1 Visa?

The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows companies to transfer certain kinds of employees from one of their affiliated foreign offices to their office in the United States. This visa can be used for intracompany transferees such as executives, managers, and specialized knowledge employees. Start-ups to large multinational companies commonly use it to bring key personnel to the United States.

The L-1 visa category applies to someone who has worked for at least one year for a foreign company with a parent company, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate office in the US. These workers come to the US as intra-company transferees who are coming temporarily to perform services either 1) in a managerial or executive capacity (L-1A) or 2) in a specialized knowledge (L-1B) capacity for a parent, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of the same employer that employed the professional abroad.

There is currently no annual cap on L-1 visas. Multinational companies use this visa to transfer workers who meet the L-1 legal standard.

Do You Need an L-1 Visa Attorney?

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Due to the complex nature of immigration law, we suggest consulting with an experienced L-1 visa attorney. An immigration lawyer can help clarify the requirements, inform you of potential pitfalls, and ensure the application is submitted correctly.

Hiring an immigration lawyer is especially important if a company has had previous experience with L-1 denials or revocations from USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Services). An experienced attorney can review the prior filing and develop a strategy for success.

How Do You Find the Right L-1 Visa Lawyer?

The following attributes are crucial to consider when searching for the right attorney:

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in immigration law
  • A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • The ability to provide personalized advice and guidance
  • A proven track record of successful visa applications
  • A knowledgeable and responsive staff that can answer your questions
  • A clear communication style that makes understanding complex legal matters easier
  • Dedication and commitment throughout the entire process to ensure the best possible outcome.

What Can An Immigration Lawyer Do?

Our experienced immigration lawyers can provide invaluable assistance during the L-1 visa application process. Our office helps multinational companies with the following:

  • Determining if the foreign worker meets the Executive, Manager, or Specialized Knowledge legal standard.
  • Assisting in gathering the required documents and evidence of eligibility.
  • Advising companies on the latest changes to the L-1 program.
  • Prepare and submit the required paperwork to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • USCIS site visit compliance.
  • L-1 visa stamping advice and strategy
  • Determining how corporate restructuring impacts current L-1 employees.
  • L-1A and L-1B extensions.
  • Strategy and responses to USCIS Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs).
  • General immigration strategy for transferring foreign workers to the US.
  • Providing legal guidance throughout the process to improve the chances of a successful outcome.

What Are the Legal Fees For Our Services?

The cost of hiring an attorney for your case will vary depending on the complexity of your situation and the amount of work involved. 

At Bashyam Global, we offer flat legal fees for immigration cases through submission of the case and provide pricing tailored to your case so you understand the total costs clearly.

Our goal at Bashyam Global is to help clients navigate the immigration process successfully while keeping legal fees reasonable.

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What are the Benefits of an L-1 Visa?

The L-1 visa is an excellent option for companies and individuals wishing to transfer employees abroad to the United States. It offers many benefits, such as:

  • No requirement for a labor certification process
  • Relatively short processing time (in comparison to other work visas)
  • The employee can bring their family members with them to the United States
  • The visa holder does not need to maintain a foreign residence
  • The employee in a specialized knowledge, executive, or managerial position can stay in the US for up to seven years on an L-1A visa and up to five years on an L-1B visa
  • No cap on L-1 numbers
  • Faster green card processing to qualified applicants who possess L-1A status

What Are The Requirements for Obtaining an L-1 Visa?

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To receive an L-1 visa, the employee must meet the following requirements:

  • A qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company must exist. A qualifying relationship means that there must be a valid corporate relationship between two or more companies in different countries, with one serving as a “branch” of another, as defined by US immigration law. The three types of relationships that qualify are “Parent/Subsidiary,” “Branch Office,” and “Affiliate.”
  • The employee must have worked in the foreign company in an executive, managerial or specialized knowledge capacity for at least one continuous year within the last three years before applying for the L-1 visa.
  • The employee must be entering the US to work in a specialized knowledge, managerial, or executive position.
  • The employer must demonstrate that they can pay the employee’s salary in the US. 

What is the L-1 Visa Process?

  1. Determine Eligibility: Check to ensure the company meets the criteria for a qualifying relationship and that the employee has worked in their foreign office for at least one continuous year within three years in a qualifying capacity.
  2. Prepare Application: The employer must submit Form I-129, Petition For Nonimmigrant Worker and L Supplement, and supporting documents to USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration
  3. Submit Application: The completed application with all required documents should be submitted to USCIS with the appropriate processing fee.
  4. Wait for Approval/Denial Decision: Once USCIS receives the application, it will be reviewed and approved or denied based on eligibility requirements set forth by U S law. If approved, you will receive an approval notice containing details about when your workers can begin working on US soil under this visa category.
  5. Apply for Visa Stamp: Once approval is obtained, the employee may request a visa stamping appointment at their local consulate or embassy so they can travel to the US and begin work.

What are the Special Rules for L-1 New Office Petitions?

Suppose the employer is a new US business. In that case, they may be eligible to file a New Office Petition, which allows them to bring in an employee even if they haven’t been operating in the US for a substantial amount of time. This process requires additional documentation and must be approved by USCIS before the employee can be issued an L-1 visa. The employer must demonstrate that they have a sound business plan, sufficient financial resources to meet their objectives, and can provide a viable job for the employee in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity. In addition, new office L-1 petitions must be approved by USCIS before the employee may apply for an L-1 visa.

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Experts in Immigration Law: Bashyam Global

We provide comprehensive immigration law services to clients from all over the world. Our experienced immigration lawyers can assist with L-1 visa applications, helping employers and employees understand the requirements and submit an application. We are here to help you succeed. Contact us today online or call us at 919-833-0840 to learn more about how we can help you secure an L-1 visa successfully.

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