L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager

What is L-1A Visa?

The L-1A nonimmigrant visa enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company that does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing one.

Who may be qualified for L-1A Visa?

  • Employer Qualification: The employer must have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company, and currently be, or will be doing business as an employer in the U.S. and in at least one other country directly or through a qualifying organization for the duration of the beneficiary's stay in the U.S. as an L-1.

  • Employee Qualification: The employee must have been working for a qualifying organization abroad for one continuous year within the three years immediately preceding his admission to the U.S. Additionally, the employee is seeking to enter the U.S. to provide service in an executive or managerial capacity for a branch of the same employer or one of its qualifying organization. 

What are the advantages of applying for L-1A Visa?

  • L-1A visa does not require the employee to have a college or university degree.

  • Comparatively speaking, the threshold of applying L-1A visa is lower than other visas. It only requires the applicant to be a manager or executive in a multinational company. Thus, it opens up the door for people that are otherwise ineligible for other work visas.

  • There is no annual cap on how many L-1A visas can be approved.

  • L-1A visa holders' maximum period of stay in the U.S. is 7 years, which is longer than other work visas.

  • Unlike other nonimmigrant visas, L-1A visa is considered as "Dual Intent" visa, which means that the L-1A visa holder are able to pursue green card during their stay in the U.S.

What is the L-1A Visa Processing Time?

Generally, the USCIS will take 4 months to 6 months to process your application. This time range is how long it is taking USCIS to process your case from the date they received it. Nonetheless, because premium processing is available for L-1A Visa, the applicants can typically receive USCIS’s decision on his/her case within 15 days. 

What are the application fees?

  • Form I-129 Filing Fees: $460.

  • Anti-Fraud Fee: $500.

  • Public Law 113-114 Fee: $4,500. This fee is only applicable to employers who have 50 or more employees, and more than 50% of the employees are in H-1B, L-1A, or L-1B.

  • Academic Evaluation: Approximate $ 300-500 (if applicable).

  • Translation: Approximate $500-$800 (if applicable).

  • DS-160 application fee: $190 (for consular processing only).

What services will The Deng Law Firm provide?

  • We will provide you with a completed document list for all of the documentation needed for L-1A Petition.

  • We will help you prepare and organize the documentation.

  • We will provide clear answers to any questions you may have for your petition.

  • We will help you edit your current Resume.

  • We will help you sort out the documents need to be translated.

  • We will help guide you to complete Academic Evaluation and Expert Opinion Letter drafting. (If applicable).

  • We will create a questionnaire for you to send to your supporting person to gather facts for the Supporting Letters.

  • We will draft 3 Supporting Letters for your petition.

  • We will draft a professional plan tailored exclusively for your proposed work in the U.S..

  • We will analyze your credentials and contributions in your field, prepare a legal argument, emphasize your expertise, and draft a Petition Letter.

  • We will complete and file Form I-129, and any other forms and services you purchased.

  • We will help you respond to USCIS questions and prepare you for your in-person green card interview.