L1 Visa Costs and Timeline

April 26, 2024

L1 Visa Costs

The total cost of applying for an L1 visa can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • Type of L1 visa: There are two main categories – L1A for managers and executives, and L1B for specialized knowledge workers. Costs might differ slightly between the two.
  • Premium processing: This is an optional service offered by USCIS that expedites the processing of your Form I-129 petition. It comes with an additional fee.
  • Employer size: USCIS charges different fees for employers with more than 50 employees where half have L or H-1B visas.
  • Attorney fees: Consulting with an immigration attorney is recommended, and their fees will vary depending on their experience and the complexity of your case.

Here’s a breakdown of the main cost components:

  • USCIS Filing Fee (Form I-129): $1385 (as of April 1, 2024) for regular processing, or $695 for smaller employers and non-profits.
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee: $500 (may apply depending on your situation).
  • DS-160 Form MRV Filing Fee: $190 (paid by the applicant).
  • Asylum Program Fee: $600 (or $300 for smaller employers, as of April 1, 2024).
  • Premium Processing Fee (Optional): $2805 (for expedited I-129 processing).
  • Attorney Fees: Variable.

L1 Visa Timeline

The processing timeline for an L1 visa can also vary depending on several factors, including:

  • Current workload at USCIS and the consulate: Processing times can fluctuate based on their caseload.
  • Completeness of your application: Ensure all documents are accurate and complete to avoid delays.
  • Consulate/Embassy location: Processing times can differ between US embassies and consulates in different countries.

Here’s a general timeframe to consider:

  • Standard processing: 2 to 4 months (average)
  • Premium processing (Form I-129): 15 calendar days (if approved)
  • Visa interview scheduling: Once I-129 is approved, scheduling can take additional weeks or months depending on location.

Remember: These are estimations. It’s always best to check the USCIS website for current processing times and consult with an immigration attorney for a more accurate timeline based on your specific situation.

Mr. Nipun Khanna is the founder of this firm- Startup Solicitors LLP