This visa classification allows managers and executives working in a foreign country to be transferred to the affiliated U.S. office of their company, or to enter USA to establish a new U.S. office of the company. For foreign workers who are entering USA to set up a new office, the initial duration of stay for this US business visa is one year, which can be extended in two-year increments. Others can stay for up to three years, and apply for similar extensions. The stay can be extended till the visa holder completes seven years in USA. During or after this period, they can also apply for permanent residence.
The L-1A visa is one of the most advantageous pathways for living and working in USA, for several reasons:
Within the L-1 US business visa types, there are sub-categories targeted towards specific purposes:
The L-1A US business visa application is filed by the U.S. employer, not by the visa beneficiary.
General and New Offices
Stage 1: The employer must submit the Form I-129 (Petition for Non-immigrant Worker) and application fee on behalf of the employee.
Stage 2: USCIS will process the application and send a notice of receipt of the petition, as well as a notification of the employee’s biometric appointment date.
Stage 3: Finally, USCIS will issue a decision on the visa outcome.
Both the employer and the employee must fulfill certain L-1A US business visa requirements.
The U.S. employer should be:
Note: ‘Doing business’ implies continuous, systematic and regular supply of services and/or goods by the qualifying organization – not including merely the presence of an agent/office of the qualifying organization in USA and overseas.
The employee must:
Along with the petition, the employer must submit some fairly basic documents to prove that they meet the business visa USA requirements:
New Office petitioners must provide additional evidence of:
As of May 2020, the minimum processing time for a Form I-129 was two to four months. This duration changes depending on the volume of applications and immigration policies. The petitioner can also opt for premium processing by submitting Form I-907 along with the petition. This will reduce the US business visa processing time to 15 calendar days.
The US business visa cost for the L-1A classification essentially includes the filing fee for Form I-129 ($460) and the biometrics fee ($85).
HOW CAN ABHINAV HELP YOU
The L-1A visa is truly a boon for businesspersons hoping to expand their operations in the USA, and hopeful employees seeking to pursue overseas career opportunities. To help facilitate the process of L-1A business immigration to USA, we work towards ensuring that the employer and employee meet the eligibility criteria, forms are duly filled, and a complete application is submitted to USCIS. We also specialize in providing additional evidence, in case USCIS issues a Request for Evidence. With over 25 years of experience and a team of expertly skilled consultants, we are well-equipped to create a strong application package for intra-company transferees and business owners.
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