L-1 Visa Program Attorney in San Diego, California

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L-1 Visa Immigration Attorney

The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows companies operating both in the United States and abroad to transfer certain employees from its foreign operations to the U.S. This visa category plays a crucial role in ensuring that companies can bring key personnel, such as managers, executives, and specialized knowledge workers, to their U.S. operations.

Expert L-1 Visa Attorney in San Diego

Our L-1 Visa Attorneys provide professional and comprehensive support for a smooth and successful visa application process. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of immigration laws and the specific requirements set by USCIS. We specialize in helping specialized knowledge workers, making sure all necessary documents and steps are carefully managed.

Key aspects of navigating the L-1 visa process include:

  • Understanding Eligibility: Knowing the criteria and requirements for L-1 visas.
  • Expert Guidance: Leveraging the specialized knowledge of experienced attorneys.
  • Thorough Documentation: Ensuring all paperwork meets USCIS standards.

What is a L-1 Visa?

The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa designed for intracompany transferees. It allows companies with operations both inside and outside the United States to transfer key employees from their foreign offices to their U.S. counterparts. This visa facilitates the movement of managers, executives, and employees with specialized knowledge, thereby fostering business continuity and international collaboration.

The primary purpose of the L-1 visa is to enable multinational companies to leverage global talent efficiently. Some key benefits include:

  • Work Authorization: Allows eligible employees to work legally in the U.S.
  • Family Inclusion: Spouses and children of L-1 visa holders can accompany them under the L-2 classification.
  • Dual Intent: Holders can apply for a Green Card while on an L-1 visa without jeopardizing their non-immigrant status.

It’s essential to understand the specific eligibility requirements, application processes, and limitations of the L-1 Visa Program. Consulting with an experienced immigration attorney can help ensure a successful application and provide guidance through the complexities of the process.

Eligibility Criteria for L-1 Visa

To qualify for an L-1 visa, applicants must meet specific requirements:

  • Employment History: Must have worked for the foreign company full-time for at least one year within the last three years.
  • Company Relationship: The U.S. company must be a parent, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of the foreign company.
  • Role Specificity: Applicants must be coming as either managers/executives (L-1A) or specialized knowledge workers (L-1B).

Differentiating L-1A and L-1B Visas

The L-1A visa is designated for managers and executives. This category allows multinational companies to transfer high-level employees to the U.S. to manage an existing office or establish a new one.

The L-1B visa is tailored for specialized knowledge workers. Employees granted this visa possess advanced expertise in the company’s products, services, research, systems, techniques, management, or other interests that are critical to its operations.

How an Immigration Lawyer can Help with the L-1 Visa Program

Navigating the L-1 Visa Program can be complex, but an experienced immigration lawyer can make the process smoother and more successful. Here’s how an immigration lawyer can assist you:

  • Eligibility Assessment: An immigration lawyer will evaluate your qualifications and ensure you meet the specific criteria for the L-1 visa.

  • Documentation Preparation: They will help you gather and prepare all necessary documents, ensuring they comply with USCIS requirements and avoid common pitfalls that could delay your application.

  • Strategic Guidance: With their extensive knowledge of immigration laws, an immigration lawyer can provide strategic advice tailored to your unique situation, increasing the chances of approval.

  • Application Review and Submission: They will meticulously review your application for accuracy and completeness before submission, reducing the risk of errors that could lead to denial or delays.

  • Representation and Communication: Your lawyer will handle all communication with USCIS on your behalf, providing updates and addressing any issues that arise during the application process.

  • Post-Approval Support: Even after your L-1 visa is approved, an immigration lawyer can assist with compliance issues, extensions, and potential transitions to other visa categories.

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Successful Deportation Defense for a Military Family

NCI helped a client with a prior successfully avoid deportation on the grounds of hardship as the defendant’s children’s mother was deployed.

Successful Asylum Claim from the Ukraine War

NCI helped an asylee seeking to escape the devastation and heartbreak caused by the unprovoked actions of the Putin Invasion of Ukraine.

B-2 Visa Extensions Granted to Keep a Family Together

NCI was able to get 6-month extensions approved for 2 minors to stay with their ill father in the United States while he undergoes medical treatment.

Removal Stopped

NCI was able to halt the removal of a Brazilian national that was scheduled to be deported out of Houston International on the grounds of due process violations.

Reunification of an Escondido Family

NCI successfully helped an Escondido woman and her mother overcome some legal challenges and gain immigration status, allowing them to reunite.

Removal Order Rescinded

NCI was able to help rescind a removal order for our client who had the unfortunate luck of previously receiving poor counsel. 

L-1 Visa Program Attorney FAQs

Is the L1 Visa a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Yes, the L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa. It allows foreign companies to transfer certain employees to a U.S. branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary for a temporary period.

Who Qualifies for and How to Obtain an L1 Visa?

To qualify for an L1 visa, you must have been employed by a qualifying organization abroad for at least one year in the last three years in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge role and be seeking to enter the U.S. to continue working in one of these capacities. To obtain an L1 visa, your employer must file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, on your behalf. Once approved, you can apply for an L1 visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy.

Can I Apply for an L1 Visa While in the USA?

Yes, you can apply for an L1 visa while in the USA through a process called a change of status. Your employer must file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, on your behalf. Once approved, your status will change to L1 without needing to leave the country. For detailed guidance, contact our lawyer at North County Immigration.

What is the Maximum Duration of Stay on an L1 Visa?

L1A visa holders can stay for up to 7 years, while L1B visa holders can stay for up to 5 years. Extensions may be possible based on specific circumstances. Consulting an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to navigate the eligibility, application process, and limitations of the L-1 Visa Program successfully. 

Can L1 Visa Holders Apply for a Green Card?

Yes, L1 visa holders can apply for a green card. Many L1A visa holders pursue the EB-1C green card category for multinational managers and executives, which does not require labor certification. L1B visa holders often pursue EB-2 or EB-3 categories, which may require labor certification. For expert guidance on your green card application, consult with our lawyer at North County Immigration.

Can L1 Visas be Transferred to Another Company?

No, L1 visas are not transferable between companies. If you want to change employers, the new employer must file a new L1 visa petition. Alternatively, you can consider other visa options such as an H1B.

Can L2 Visa Holders Stay in the USA Without the L1 Visa Holder?

L2 visa holders’ status is dependent on the L1 visa holder. If the L1 visa holder loses their status or leaves the U.S., the L2 visa holder must also leave or change their status.

Is the L1 Visa Better Than the H1B Visa?

Whether an L1 visa is better than an H1B visa depends on individual circumstances. The L1 visa is advantageous for intra-company transfers and has no annual cap, while the H1B is open to a wider range of employers but has an annual cap and may require labor certification.