Chicago L-1 Visa Lawyer Helping Clients
The L1 visa is a unique immigration tool that can be an excellent option for individuals who want to live and work in the U.S. While you cannot petition directly for an L1, your company can petition on your behalf to bring you to the U.S. within the company or with a branch, parent, or affiliate company. Obtaining the L-1 visa can be tricky as you must prove that you have specialized knowledge, skills, or managerial capacity that justifies your presence in the U.S. Speaking with a lawyer is a good way to find out if you satisfy the visa requirements for the L-1 visa.
At the Law Office of Kevin L. Dixler, we have a great deal of experience helping individuals enter the United States to work with a US employer under the L visa. We will gladly meet with you to discuss the details of your situation and to help you gain an L-1 if that is the best option for you. Attorney Kevin Dixler has received numerous awards for his excellent legal service, including being named a Thomas Reuters Super Lawyer for 9 consecutive years! Mr. Dixler is proud to represent honest global citizens who want to enter the U.S. legally to provide a better life for themselves and their families. Contact us right away to get started by calling 312-728-4610 today!
What Does an L-1 Visa Do?
The L-1 visa allows individuals with specialized knowledge, executive capacity, or other necessary skills to be transferred to an existing U.S. company. The visa is temporary in nature and expires after a maximum of seven years. However, this visa is ideal for people who wish to move permanently to the United States because, unlike the B1/B2 visitor visa, L1 visa holders may upgrade to a green card in the future.
Some conditions involved with the L-1 visa are:
- The recipient must work for the original employer who petitioned for their entry into the U.S.
- Managers and executives retain visa validity for three years and can extend their total stay to a maximum of seven years.
- People who obtain the L1-B
Who Qualifies for the L-1 Visa?
There are several important qualifications for obtaining an L-1 visa, including:
- The foreign company and the U.S. company must be related. This includes parent/subsidiary companies, foreign companies with a branch in the United States, and affiliated companies.
- The relationship between the qualifying company and the foreign business must remain intact throughout the duration of the applicant’s stay in the U.S.
- The employee who is being transferred must have been employed by the business for at least one year prior to applying for the L-1 visa.
- The petitioning company may only transfer employees who have specialized knowledge, executive experience, or managerial experience, and this work must continue with the same employer following the employee transfer.
It can be difficult to prove that these conditions exist without hiring a law firm focused on immigration to help. For more details and to find out if an L-1 visa is right for you, reach out to the Law Office of Kevin L. Dixler right away.
What are the Benefits of Obtaining an L-1 Visa?
L-1 visas are excellent tools for foreign employees and companies who conduct business in more than one country. While these visas do not provide for permanent legal status (green card), they allow the holder to have dual intent, meaning they intend on one day becoming permanent residents of the United States. The L-1 visa may also be renewed for quite a long period of time, with the maximum stay in the US being seven years.
Some other benefits of utilizing the L-1 visa are:
- There is no minimum payment requirement for the L1 visa, although the employer should still comply with state and federal minimum wage laws.
- Your family can enter the US based on your L1 visa. This includes your spouse and unmarried children who are under the age of 21. They will be able to work and attend school as if they were permanent residents, and if you eventually get a green card, you can sponsor them for permanent residency as well.
- Applicants for the L1 visa may elect for premium processing for an additional fee which ensures a response from USCIS within 15 days.
- There is no cap on L1 visas that are issued, unlike H-1B visas and other employment visas.
Please contact us right away to get the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer who understands the value of foreign cooperation in commercial trade. Whether you are a company seeking to transfer foreign employees, or a worker who would like to pursue an L-1 visa through your business, we can help.
Should You Hire Our L-1 Visa Attorney?
With global connections increasing throughout the world, more and more businesses are expanding their operations in different countries, including the United States. You and your business may benefit from bringing in an executive, manager, or another person with specialized knowledge and skills from a country where the United States engages in commercial trade. Hiring an attorney to help get legal entrance into the United States makes the process simple and much less stressful. With all of the matters you have to attend to in your business, the last thing you need is to worry about the legal aspects of your employees’ immigration. Let us help by providing excellent legal counsel and representation.
Attorney Dixler of the Law Office of Kevin L. Dixler has the experience and skill necessary to get the fast results you’re looking for. With nearly 30 years of experience, Mr. Dixler has learned that honesty and dedication are key to having the I-visa or any immigration status approved. Contact us right away to discuss the details of your situation and see how we can help. Call 312-728-4610 today!