Avoiding Common L1 Visa Application Mistakes

L1 Application Mistakes

 

The L1 visa is an excellent option for multinational companies looking to transfer their employees to U.S.-based offices. In this blog post, we’ll discuss five common L1 visa application mistakes and how to avoid them.


Failing to Meet the L1 Visa Requirements


To be eligible for an L1 visa, the applicant must meet certain requirements, such as having worked for the company for at least one year within the past three years and being transferred to a U.S.-based office in a managerial or executive position, or in a position that requires specialized knowledge. It is important to ensure that the applicant meets all the eligibility requirements before applying for an L1 visa.


Providing Incomplete or Inaccurate Information


When applying for an L1 visa, it is important to provide complete and accurate information in the application. Any incomplete or inaccurate information can lead to delays or even a denial of the visa. It is also important to ensure that all supporting documents are provided with the application.


Submitting the Wrong Application


There are two types of L1 visas: the L-1A visa for managers and executives, and the L1B visa for workers with specialized knowledge. An L blanket petition can also be used under certain circumstances to prequalify the transfer of eligible employees in groups.  It is important to ensure that the correct application is submitted based on the position that the applicant(s) will be filling in the U.S.-based office.


Failing to Provide Evidence of the Relationship Between the Foreign and U.S.-based Offices


The L1 visa is designed for multinational companies to transfer employees to their U.S.-based offices. As such, it is important to provide evidence of the relationship between the foreign and U.S.-based offices, such as organizational charts, financial statements, and other relevant documents.


Failing to Submit the Application on Time


The L1 visa application process can be lengthy, so it is important to ensure that the application is submitted well in advance of the intended start date in the U.S.-based office. It is also important to ensure that all deadlines are met during the application process and that the applicant’s ‘one-year within three-year’ work abroad requirement is sufficiently met and documented.


How to Avoid These Mistakes


It is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through the application process and ensure that all requirements are met. An attorney can also help ensure that all supporting documents are provided with the application and that the application is submitted on time and with accurate information.

While applying for an L1 visa can be complex, it is possible to avoid common mistakes and increase the chances of a successful application with proper preparation and guidance.

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