Top FAQs for Business Owners Applying for the L-1 Visa
If you’re a business owner who wants to expand into the US, you may be contemplating an L-1 Visa. You may also have some questions about the visa and what’s involved in applying. Here are some quick FAQs to get you started, based on information from US Citizenship and Immigration Services:
Q: Do I qualify for an L-1 visa? Does my business qualify?
A: You and your business may qualify if;
- You have a qualifying relationship with a qualifying foreign company (the parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate company).
- It is important that you are or will be doing business in both the US and at least one other country. Doing business is more than just having a representative or office present in the country in question; you have to be providing good and/or services in a “regular, systematic, and continuous” fashion.
- If your application involves a new office, your business abroad and the US business you want to establish are related.
- If your application involves a new office, the new location will be up and running soon after your employee’s arrival in the US.
- If your application involves a new offices, your current foreign company will continue to operate.
Q: Does my employee qualify?
A: Your employee may qualify if;
- They have been working abroad for a qualifying organisation (which must be your company or a qualifying branch of your company) for a minimum of one continuous year within the past three years.
- They will be working in a managerial or executive capacity, in the case of an L-1A Visa application, or in a specialized knowledge capacity, in the case of an L-1B Visa application.
Q: What do I have to prove for the L-1 Visa for new offices?
A: According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, you initially have to prove that your new company has a qualifying relationship with your foreign company and that you have secured enough physical space in the US for your new business. If you are requesting an extension of stay, you need to show that is “active an operating” within one year and, after one year, that the business is active enough to support someone working largely in a managerial or executive role, as opposed to dividing their attention between those tasks and other aspects of the company(L-1A) or that the company has the financial resources to compensate the employee with specialised knowlege (L-1B).
Q: Can my employee’s spouse work?
A: Your employee’s spouse can work after applying to USCIS and receiving an employment authorization document.
Why Hire Us to Help You With Your L-1 Visa Application?
Learning if you qualify is the first step towards success, and then you will need to ensure that all of the related documents are prepared properly. Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling L-1 visas for large, medium and even small businesses.
The first step towards obtaining an L-1 visa is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.
The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.
Here’s my good advice; Lawyer up. ...and if your looking for a group of lawyers to help with your international affairs regarding visas and work permits; these professionals are top notch. I’ve had a great experience, they got the job done, and my job was very complicated. Rania Abboud, high five to you especially, you set up a great plan for success, replied to my questions very quickly, kept me informed and your very knowledgeable in your field. To everyone else at VisaPlace; Thank you as well. As a business owner myself I immediately recognized the way your team works so effectively! I wish you all the best of success. J.
The team at the Visa place as very thorough in the preparation of my application which I am sure made a difference. They guided the process well to a successful outcome. Would recommend them for sure.
I hired them for my study permit application! I had been denied twice and thanks to them the 3rd try was a success. Lisa Inspektor was my main contact. She is Very nice and polite. I strongly recommend you to go with them! The money you’re gonna spend is gonna be worth it