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The L visa application allows foreign nationals to get a non-immigrant visa to temporarily work in the US in a managerial, executive, or specialized field. The L visa is divided into two categories: L-1A for executives and managers and L-1B for employees with specialized knowledge.

Required Documents for the L Visa Application

  • Form I-129

    This is the petition for non-immigrant worker form that must be completed by the US employer sponsoring the foreign national for the L visa.

  • Evidence of Foreign Employment

    This includes a detailed letter from the foreign employer confirming the foreign national's employment abroad and the nature of their work.

  • Evidence of US Employment

    This includes a detailed letter from the US employer outlining the job duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for the position.

  • Proof of Relationship between the US and Foreign Employer

    This includes documents showing that the US and foreign companies are related, such as articles of incorporation, financial statements, and tax returns.

  • Evidence of the Foreign National's Qualifications

    This includes educational degrees, certifications, and licenses that are relevant to the position.

  • Proof of Continuous Employment

    This includes documentation that shows that the foreign national has worked for the foreign employer for at least one continuous year in the three years preceding the visa application.

  • Proof of Intent to Return to the Home Country

    This includes documentation that shows the foreign national has ties to their home country, such as family, property, or business interests.

Key Tips for a Successful L Visa Application

  • Plan

    The L visa application process can take several months, so planning and submitting the application as early as possible is important.

  • Provide Comprehensive Documentation

    USCIS requires extensive documentation for L visa applications, so it is important to provide all required documents and ensure they are accurate and up-to-date.

  • Work with an Experienced Immigration Attorney

    An experienced immigration attorney can help navigate the complex L visa application process, identify potential issues, and ensure all requirements are met.

  • Be Prepared for an Interview

    USCIS may require the foreign national to attend an interview as part of the L visa application process, so it is important to be prepared and confident in answering questions about the job duties, qualifications, and intent to return to the home country.

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Common Challenges in the L Visa Application

  • Job Duties are not Sufficiently Described

    USCIS requires a detailed description of the job duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for the position. If these are not sufficiently described, the application may be denied.

  • Proof of Relationship between US and Foreign Employers is Insufficient

    It is important to provide documentation that shows that the US and foreign companies are related, such as articles of incorporation, financial statements, and tax returns.

  • Proof of Continuous Employment is not Provided

    It is important to provide documentation that shows that the foreign national has worked for the foreign employer for at least one continuous year in the three years preceding the visa application.

  • Intent to Return to the Home Country is not Demonstrated

    USCIS requires proof that the foreign national intends to return to their home country after the temporary work in the US is completed.

Required Documents for the L Visa Application

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applicants for L visas must also provide a range of supporting documents to demonstrate their qualifications and eligibility. These may include:

  • Proof of Employment

    This could include an employment contract or letter from the employer verifying the applicant's position, salary, and responsibilities.

  • Corporate Documentation

    If the applicant is coming to the US as an intra-company transferee, they will need to provide documentation showing that the US and foreign companies are related and that the applicant has worked for the foreign company for a sufficient period of time.

  • Education and Training Documentation

    If the applicant is coming to the US as a specialized knowledge worker, they may need to provide documentation showing their education and training qualifications.

  • Passport and Visa Photos

    Applicants must provide valid passport and visa photos following the US Department of State's guidelines.

  • Application Forms

    Applicants must complete and submit the appropriate visa application forms, including the DS-160 non-immigrant visa application and the I-129 petition for non-immigrant workers. It is important to note that the specific documents required may vary depending on the individual circumstances of the applicant and the nature of their employment.

Tips for a Strong L Visa Application

  • Start the Application Process as Early as Possible

    Given the complexity of the L visa application process and potential delays, it is important to start the process as early as possible to ensure you have enough time to gather all necessary documents and submit your application promptly.

  • Work with an Experienced Immigration Attorney

    An experienced immigration attorney can provide invaluable guidance and support throughout the application process, helping you navigate any challenges or complications that may arise.

  • Ensure that All Required Documents are Accurate and Complete

    Careful attention to detail is essential when submitting the documents for an L visa application. Ensure that all documents are accurate and complete and meet the specific requirements of the US Department of State.

  • Be Prepared for a Consular Interview

    As part of the L visa application process, applicants may be required to attend a consular interview. It is important to be prepared for this interview, which may include questions about the nature of the applicant's employment, their qualifications and experience, and their plans in the United States.

  • Demonstrate Strong Ties to Your Home Country

    While not a specific requirement for the L visa application, demonstrating strong ties to your home country can help to strengthen your case and increase your chances of success. This could include evidence of family, property ownership, or business interests in your home country.

Key Terms for the L Visa Application

  • L-1 Visa: A non-immigrant visa allowing multinational companies to transfer employees from foreign offices to US offices.
  • Blanket L Visa: A streamlined process for multinational companies to transfer multiple employees to their US offices using a single application.
  • Specialized Knowledge: An employee's unique knowledge, skills, or experience that are not easily found in the US and are necessary for the company's operations.
  • Petitioner: The employer or company filing the L visa application on behalf of their employee.
  • USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is the government agency responsible for processing and approving L visa applications.

Final Thoughts on the L Visa Application

The L visa is an excellent option for foreign workers seeking to transfer to a US company. By understanding the eligibility criteria, required documents, processing times, and tips for a strong application, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your career goals in the US.

Remember to hire an experienced immigration attorney, provide clear and comprehensive documentation, demonstrate the qualifying relationship between the US and foreign companies, and provide a clear and detailed job description. Following these tips can prepare a strong and successful L visa application.

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