3 Quick Steps to Meeting L-1 Visa Requirements
Do you require an L-1 visa for continuing your job role for your current employer in the United States?
The good thing about an L-1 visa is that it allows you to temporarily transfer to the US for continued work under the same employer (or branch, parent, affiliate or subsidiary of that employer) if you’re in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge category.
According to ImmiHelp, an L-1 visa is not limited to specific countries that the US may have some treaties with. Therefore, as long as all eligibility requirements are met, the aliens from any country are eligible.
Below, we’re going to highlight three quick steps you will need to take to meet L-1 visa requirements:
1. Gather All L-1 Visa Document Requirements
The first step is relatively straightforward, and just like most visas, is basically to ensure you have all the required documentation needed. This can vary depending on the type of organization you work for.
The first step is mainly so your employer’s organizational structure can be analyzed to see if it indeed qualifies as an international company.
2. Evidence of Qualifying Organization for L-1 Visa Petition
The next step gets a little more complicated, and again will vary depending on the type of organization you work for, the relationship between the two organizations involved, and your role within the organization. The evidence will vary depending on which of the following applies:
- Large, established organizations
- Small business and medium operations
- New offices
- Joint ventures
Depending upon the nature of the petitioner, a different type of evidence may be required for L1 visa petition. Whether such evidence will be sufficient to meet the petitioner’s burden of establishing such a qualifying relationship will depend on the quality and probative value of the evidence submitted.”
3. Part-time work
Although it’s not absolutely essential that you enter into full-time employment with the petitioner to meet and maintain your L-1 visa requirements, you must be able to dedicate a considerable portion of your time on a frequent basis to the company in question while you’re in the US.
In the following quote, ImmiHelp highlights the fact that certain activities, although closely associated with your employment, do not necessarily help you to meet the L-1 visa requirements:
“If the alien is coming to the US for conferring with officials, attending meetings and conferences, and participating in training, such activities are not considered productive employment and the alien should apply for a business visa instead.”
However, you will still be able to divide the amount of work you carry out between the United States and another country, allowing you to remain principally employed elsewhere.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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