How to Apply for L1 Visa- General Consideration by Immigration Lawyers from India

April 26, 2024

The process to apply for an L1 visa involves several steps by both your employer and yourself. Here’s a breakdown of the key steps:

Step 1: Secure a Qualifying Transfer Offer

  • You’ll need a job offer from your current employer to work in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge position within their US branch, affiliate, parent company, or subsidiary.

Step 2: Employer Files Form I-129

  • Your employer will file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) on your behalf. This petition establishes your eligibility and the company’s qualification for the transfer.

Step 3: Form DS-160 and Visa Application Fees

  • Once USCIS approves the petition (Form I-129), you’ll receive a notification and can proceed with your visa application.
  • You’ll need to fill out the DS-160 online nonimmigrant visa application form.
  • Pay the visa application fee and any other relevant processing charges.

Step 4: Schedule and Attend Visa Interview

  • Schedule a visa interview at a US embassy or consulate in your home country.
  • Gather all required documents and attend the interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your qualifications, the job offer, and your purpose for travel to the US.

Documents to Prepare

  • Valid passport (valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the US)
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page and application code
  • Receipt of visa application fee payment
  • L1 visa interview appointment letter
  • Copy of approved Form I-129 petition (Form I-797)
  • Proof of your employment with the foreign company (payslips, employment certificates)
  • Educational credentials (degrees, diplomas)
  • Documentation supporting your specialized knowledge (if applicable)

Additional Resources

Remember, this is a simplified overview. It’s recommended to consult with an immigration attorney to ensure a smooth application process. We can guide you through specific requirements and potential complexities based on your situation.

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