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L1 Visa Extension Guide 2024

By Nita Nicole Upadhye

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If you temporarily live and work in the United States under an L1 visa, you can only stay for a limited period. Visa extensions are not automatic, meaning you must apply to remain lawfully in the U.S.

Navigating the L1 visa extension process is crucial for several reasons.

Firstly, it ensures the visa holder’s continuity of employment and legal status in the United States.

Secondly, the process involves meticulous documentation and adherence to specific legal requirements that, if not correctly managed, could result in unnecessary delays or denial of the extension.

With the ever-evolving immigration policies and procedures, staying informed about the latest visa extension requirements can significantly impact an application’s outcome.

This emphasizes the need for both the employer and the employee to be proactive and well-informed about the L1 visa extension process to ensure a successful extension, maintain legal status, and continue contributing to the company’s success in the United States.

Without an extension to your L1 visa, you will be required to leave the United States by the end of your permitted stay, and you would have to wait one year before making a new application for L1 status unless you secure alternative lawful status under a different classification.

Any delay or denial of your application could have significant professional and personal consequences. Given what is at stake, taking professional advice is the most effective way to secure your L1 visa extension.

NNU Immigration’s specialist L1 visa lawyers provide expert support and guidance to applicants to help ensure a smooth and successful extension.

In this essential guide to L1 visa extensions, we detail the key considerations when reviewing your options to remain in the U.S., and if that is renewing your visa, the steps to take when making your application.


Section A: Understanding the L1 Visa and Extensions


1. What is an L1 Visa?


The L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa category that allows companies operating in the U.S. and abroad to transfer certain classes of employees from their foreign operations to their U.S. operations for up to seven years. The employee being transferred must have worked for the company outside the United States for at least one continuous year within the three years preceding the application for admission into the United States.

The L1 visa is divided into two subcategories: L1A for managers and executives and L1B for employees with specialized knowledge.

These categories specifically relate to the type of role you work in, although in either case, you must have been working within that role for at least one year out of the preceding three years before your admission to the United States.


2. How long does an L1 Visa last?


There are two different categories of U.S. visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant. An immigrant visa is for foreign nationals who intend to live and work permanently in the United States. In contrast, a nonimmigrant visa is only for those looking to stay in the U.S. temporarily.

The L1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows overseas employees of multinational organizations to temporarily transfer to the parent, branch, affiliate or subsidiary of the same company in the United States.

As an intra-company transferee working for an established US-affiliated office, you will initially be granted an L1 visa for three years. If you have been granted L1 status to come to the United States to set up a new office, your initial visa will be for just one year.

You can apply for an L1 visa extension under the L-1A or L-1B categories.


a. L1A Visa Duration
Suppose you are an L-1A visa holder, i.e., an executive or manager working in the same or similar capacity in a US-affiliated office. In that case, you may be granted an L1 visa extension in increments of two years.

This is subject to a maximum permissible period of seven years. After this time, you may be required to leave the United States before you can consider renewing your L1 visa application.


b. L1B visa Duration 

Suppose you are an L-1B visa holder, i.e., an employee with specialized knowledge about a company’s products, services and procedures, again working in a US-affiliated office in the same or similar capacity. In that case, you may also be eligible for an L1 visa extension in increments of two years.

You can only be granted an L-1B visa extension for a maximum period of five years.


3. How Many Times L1 Visa Can Be Extended?


The initial validity of the L-1A visa is three years. A person may request two renewals and be granted up to two extensions, each lasting two years. As a result, those with an L-1A visa are permitted to stay in the country for seven years. You can only be granted an L-1B visa extension for five years.


4. When Can You Apply to Extend an L1 Visa?


For both L1A and L1B visas, you must apply to extend your visa before your L1 status expires. The relevant date should be noted in Form I-94.

Form I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record, an electronic record that you should be able to access on the Customs and Border Protection website.

If you changed to L1 status while in the United States and have not left the country since your I-94 card may be at the bottom of your L1 approval notice.

Your petition must be received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by the expiry date.

USCIS does not need to approve your petition before your status expires. If your petition is filed in time, you will be permitted to continue working for your employer pending the approval of your L1 visa extension.


5. Alternatives to the L1 Visa Extension


As an L1 temporary visa holder, if you want to remain in the U.S. lawfully beyond your L1 visa status, you need to secure further permission to stay beyond your current leave period.

The most obvious option for many is to apply to extend their visa, but this is only possible if you continue to meet the L1 visa requirements.

Changes in your circumstances, plans, or ambitions may precipitate a change to a visa classification other than the L1. Each alternative has its own set of eligibility criteria, application processes, and potential challenges.

It is always advisable to seek expert legal advice to ensure you have fully considered all available and appropriate options based on factors such as your qualifications and long-term goals.

NNU Immigration specialists guide L1 visa holders on their options to stay in the U.S. Among the many options, you could consider:


a. Changing from L1B to L1A Status 

For L-1B visa holders whose maximum permissible stay is limited to five years, transferring from an L-1B to an L-1A visa may be possible.

However, you would also need to satisfy the eligibility criteria for an L-1A visa by working in an executive or managerial capacity.

Further, consider moving into an executive or managerial position. In that case, the petition for status change must be approved at least six months before you reach the maximum five-year period.


b. L1 to H1B Conversion 

You may change from L1 to H1B status, for example, if you want to work for a different employer and can obtain a new U.S. sponsor.

However, only a limited number of H-1B visas are available each year, subject to a lottery-style system that can significantly reduce your odds of successfully changing your status. Your new U.S. employer would also be required to obtain an approved labor certification before submitting an immigration petition on your behalf.

This is to satisfy the U.S. Department of Labor that there are insufficient available, qualified and willing U.S. workers to fill the position offered at the prevailing wage and that hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

Please read our detailed guide to changing your status from L1 to H1B visa here >>


Section B: Eligibility for L1 Visa Extension


Securing an L1 visa extension requires understanding the eligibility criteria and recognizing the distinctions between the L1A and L1B visa categories. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permits extensions under both categories, though the criteria and maximum allowable period differ.


1. Criteria for Eligibility


To be eligible for an L1 visa extension, the applicant must meet the following criteria:


a. Continuous Employment
The applicant must have been employed by the sponsoring organization abroad for at least one continuous year within the three years before their admission to the United States. This employment must have been in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.


b. Valid L1 Status
The applicant must be in the United States on a valid L1 status at the time of applying for an extension.


c. Ongoing Qualifying Relationship
A qualifying relationship must exist between the U.S. employer and the foreign company (parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate), which is the basis for the original L1 visa approval.


d. Sustained Company Operations
The U.S. company and the foreign entity must remain engaged in business throughout the L1 visa holder’s stay in the United States.


e. Intended Role
The applicant must continue to fulfill a role in the United States as an executive, manager, or specialized knowledge employee.


2. Differences Between L1A and L1B Visa Extensions


The L1 visa category is divided into two subcategories: L1A for managers and executives and L1B for employees with specialized knowledge. The eligibility criteria for extensions in these categories share similarities but entail vital differences, particularly in duration and the specific role requirements.


a. L1A Visa Extensions
L1A visa holders can initially be granted up to three years of stay in the United States, with the possibility of extensions in two-year increments, up to a maximum of seven years.

The individual must continue to serve in an executive or managerial capacity. The definition of managerial and executive roles emphasizes leadership, decision-making authority, and the ability to oversee the work of other professional employees or manage an essential function of the organization.


b. L1B Visa Extensions
L1B visa holders are also initially granted up to three years of stay, with the possibility of extensions. However, the maximum period of stay is five years, shorter than that for L1A visa holders.

For L1B visa extensions, the focus is on the individual’s specialized knowledge of the company’s products, services, research, equipment, techniques, management, or other interests and its application in international markets or an advanced level of knowledge in the organization’s processes and procedures.


Section C: Required Documentation


1. List of Necessary Documents for the Extension Process


Successfully extending an L1 visa depends mainly on the comprehensive preparation and submission of required documentation, which must substantiate the eligibility of both the visa holder and the petitioning company against USCIS criteria.

While the specific documents to compile will be determined by the individual application, in general, you should expect to provide at least the following:


a. Extension Petition: A completed Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, filed by the employer on behalf of the employee.

b. Letter of Support: A detailed letter from the employer supporting the extension request. This should include information on the position, the role’s necessity, the employee’s qualifications, and the reasons for the extension.

c. Proof of Employment: Documents showing that the employee has been working for the company in the U.S. under L1 status, including but not limited to pay stubs, W-2 forms, and a letter of employment.

d. Proof of Continuous Operation: Evidence that the U.S. and foreign entities have been actively doing business throughout the L1 visa holder’s stay in the United States, such as financial statements, annual reports, contracts, and client letters.

e. Organizational Chart: An updated organizational chart showing the current structure of the U.S. company and the position of the L1 visa holder within the organization.

f. Proof of Qualifying Relationship: Documents that establish the qualifying relationship between the U.S. and foreign entities, such as articles of incorporation, financial statements, or joint venture agreements.

g. Updated Job Description: A detailed description of the job duties and responsibilities, highlighting why the role requires a manager, executive, or specialized knowledge employee.

h. Copy of the Original L1 Visa Petition: Including the I-129 form and the I-797 approval notice from the initial L1 visa application.


NNU Immigration can provide tailored advice to L1 extension applicants to ensure a comprehensive submission package is submitted that avoids delays and Requests for Further Evidence (RFE).


2. Tips on Preparing Your Documentation


Proper preparation and organization of your documentation can significantly impact the outcome of your L1 visa extension application. Follow these tips to ensure all necessary documents are accurate, complete and compelling:


a. Start Early
Begin gathering documents well before your current L1 status expires to ensure you have ample time to address any gaps.

b. Ensure Accuracy
Double-check all forms and documents for completeness and accuracy. Errors or omissions can delay processing times or result in denials.

c. Consistency
Ensure information is consistent across all documents, especially regarding dates of employment, job titles, and descriptions.

d. Comprehensive Employment Evidence
Provide clear and thorough evidence of your employment in the U.S., emphasizing the significance of your role and contributions to the company.

e. Legal Review
Consider having your documentation reviewed by an immigration attorney to ensure compliance with all USCIS requirements.

f. Highlight Changes
Provide detailed explanations and supportive documentation if there have been significant changes to your role, the organization’s structure, or the company’s operations.

g. Organize Methodically
Present your documentation well-organized, using a tabbed binder or a digital folder if submitting electronically. This makes it easier for USCIS officers to review your case.


Section D: The L1 Visa Extension Process


1. L1 Visa Extension Process: A Step-by-Step Guide


The L1 visa extension process involves several steps designed to assess the eligibility of the applicant and the petitioning company.


Step 1: Determine Eligibility and Prepare Documentation
Start at least six months before the current L1 visa expires. Review eligibility criteria and gather all required documentation, ensuring accuracy and completeness.


Step 2: Employer Files Form I-129
The U.S. employer files Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with USCIS, the L Supplement and all supporting documentation. This should be submitted no more than six months before the visa’s expiration date.


Step 3: Pay Required Fees
Submit the filing fee for Form I-129, which is $1385 for L1 visas or $695 for non-profits and small employers.


Step 4: USCIS Processing
Processing times can vary significantly based on the USCIS service center. Expect anywhere from 1 to 6 months.

Employers can opt for Premium Processing by submitting Form I-907 and the associated fee of $2,805 for a faster decision, typically within 15 calendar days.


Step 5: Respond to Requests for Evidence (RFE) if Any
If issued, an RFE can extend the processing time by weeks or months. Provide the requested additional evidence promptly to avoid delays.


Step 6: USCIS Decision
After processing any RFE responses, USCIS will make a decision.

If the petition is approved, USCIS will send an approval notice to the employer. The employee can continue working in the U.S. under L1 status per the extension.


Step 7: Visa Stamping (if Necessary)
If the employee needs to travel internationally and re-enter the U.S. under L1 status after the extension approval but before the visa in the passport expires.

Schedule an appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the employee’s home country for visa stamping. This step requires the approval notice and other supporting documents.


2. Estimated Time Frame for the Extension


L-1 visa processing times can vary depending on several factors. Standard processing typically takes 2 to 4 months. This includes processing your Form I-129 petition, as submitted by your employer to USCIS, and any additional processing required by the consulate abroad (if applicable).

In general, once the petition has been filed, processing typically takes 30 to 90 days. Still, in some circumstances, depending on the specific service center’s caseload, it may take as long as 6 or 8 months.

Under the premium processing service, for an additional fee of $2,805, USCIS prioritizes your petition and aims to deliver a decision within 15 calendar days of receiving the Form I-907.

Factors affecting processing time include:


a. USCIS Workload
The current workload of USCIS can significantly impact processing times. Periods with high application volume can lead to longer wait times.


b. Completeness of Application
Ensure your employer submits a well-organized and complete petition package to avoid delays due to missing information or requests for evidence.


c. Consular Processing (if applicable)
If your situation requires consular processing abroad after USCIS approval, factor in additional waiting time for the consulate appointment and visa issuance.


d. Complexity of Case
Unforeseen issues or complexities in your case, like criminal background checks, could extend processing times.


3. L1 Visa Extension Fees


To extend an L1 visa, your employer will pay USCIS the Form I-129 petition fee when they submit the petition on your behalf.

The current filing fee depends on your employer’s size:


a. Standard Fee: $1385 for petitions filed on or after April 1, 2024

b. Reduced Fee: $695 for non-profit organizations and small businesses with 25 or fewer full-time U.S. employees in the preceding year

The premium processing fee of $2,805 is optional. It allows USCIS to expedite the processing of your L1 visa renewal petition, which can be helpful if you need a faster decision on your application.

You may also need to pay a separate fee for fingerprinting and photographing (biometric data collection) as part of the application process.


4. Common Application Mistakes to Avoid


a. Procrastination
Waiting until the last minute to apply for an extension can lead to unnecessary stress and potentially impact your legal status if any delays occur.


b. Inaccurate or Inconsistent Information
Discrepancies between forms and supporting documents can raise red flags with USCIS and lead to delays or denials.


c. Insufficient Documentation
Failing to provide all required documentation or not adequately explaining the need for the extension can hinder the approval process.


d. Overlooking the Importance of Job Description
Not clearly defining the position’s managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge nature can result in misunderstandings about eligibility.


e. Ignoring USCIS Communications
Not addressing RFEs or NOIDs promptly and thoroughly can result in denying the extension petition.


f. Neglecting Company Changes
Failing to report significant changes in company structure, operations, or the qualifying relationship between the U.S. and foreign entities can affect the extension.


g. Assuming Approval Without Confirmation
Do not assume your extension has been granted until you receive official approval from USCIS. Continue to monitor the status of your application.


5. Tips for a Successful L1 Visa Extension


a. Stay in Status
To maintain your legal status in the U.S., ensure you apply for the extension before your current L1 visa expires.


b. Early Preparation
Start gathering documents and information well in advance of your current visa’s expiration date. This early start can help identify potential issues or need for additional documentation without rushing.


c. Understand the Requirements
Understanding the eligibility criteria and documentation requirements for L1 visa extensions can help to avoid misunderstandings and incomplete or incorrect applications.


d. Accurate and Comprehensive Employment Documentation
Demonstrate your employment with the company, including detailed descriptions of your managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge role.


e. Maintain Organized Documentation
Organize and label all documents required for the extension. An orderly presentation can facilitate easier review by USCIS officers.


f. Premium Processing
Consider using Premium Processing if time is of the essence. This service can significantly expedite the review of your petition.


g. Stay Informed About Policy Changes
Immigration policies and procedures can change. Stay updated on any modifications to the L1 visa process to ensure compliance with current requirements.


h. Respond Promptly to USCIS Requests 
If you receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), respond thoroughly and promptly, providing all requested information to clarify or support your extension request.


i. Consult with an Immigration Attorney
NNU Immigration’s experienced immigration lawyers provide valuable support and advice throughout the extension application process and help navigate complex situations or any issues that may arise.


Section E: Case Studies


We’re proud of our track record in helping L1 visa holders navigate the complexities of the extension process and deal with challenges such as compiling documentation, policy changes, and processing delays. The value of our proactive and strategic legal advice is illustrated in the following anonymized case studies.


Case Study 1: Navigating Complex Documentation


A multinational corporation sought to extend an L1A visa for a high-level executive pivotal in its U.S. operations.

The challenge arose from significant recent organizational changes, including mergers and restructuring, which complicated the demonstration of the executive’s continuous managerial role and the qualifying relationship between the U.S. and foreign entities.

The challenges included proving the executive’s role in the restructured company and demonstrating the qualifying relationship amidst organizational changes.


The company engaged our immigration attorneys, and following a review, we drafted a detailed narrative and organizational charts that clearly explained the executive’s role and the impact of the organizational changes.

We also supported compiling comprehensive documentation demonstrating the sustained qualifying relationship and the executive’s significant contributions to U.S. operations.

USCIS approved the extension, recognizing the essential nature of the executive’s role in the company.


Lessons Learned
This case underscores the importance of clear, comprehensive documentation and the ability of our experienced attorneys to effectively communicate complex organizational structures and roles to USCIS.


Case Study 2: Streamlining Documentation for a Multinational Corporation


A multinational corporation sought to extend L1 visas for several vital executives (L1A) and specialized knowledge employees (L1B). The primary challenge was the complexity of documenting the qualifying relationship between the U.S. entity and its foreign counterparts and proving the ongoing managerial roles and specialized knowledge of the employees due to recent restructuring and remote work adaptations.


We conducted a comprehensive review of the company’s organizational structure, roles, and documentation practices, advising on restructuring the presentation of its evidence to clearly highlight the essential managerial functions and specialized knowledge.

By organizing a streamlined package of evidence and providing detailed letters of support, we effectively addressed USCIS concerns. All executives and key employees successfully received their L1 visa extensions.


Lessons Learned
Clear, organized documentation that directly addresses USCIS criteria is crucial. Companies should regularly review and adjust their documentation practices to reflect organizational changes, especially in evolving work environments.


Section F: Summary


Extending an L1 visa requires careful preparation, attention to detail, and adherence to USCIS regulations.

Critical points for L1 visa extension applicants include:


a. Early Preparation
Begin the extension process well in advance, ideally six months before your visa expires, to account for any unforeseen delays and ensure all documentation is comprehensive and accurate.


b. Understanding Eligibility
Familiarize yourself with the specific requirements for L1 visa extensions, particularly the specific rules for the relevant L1 visa classification, whether the L1A for managers and executives or L1B for specialized knowledge workers.


c. Comprehensive Documentation
Compile a thorough required documentation package, including proof of employment, the qualifying relationship between the U.S. and foreign entities, and evidence of the company’s ongoing business operations.


d. Anticipate Processing Times
Be prepared for variable processing times and consider the option of Premium Processing for a faster decision if timing is critical.


e. Adapt to Changes
Stay informed about any changes in immigration policies, which could affect processing times, travel restrictions, and work arrangements.


f. Maintain Legal Status
Ensure that you remain in lawful immigration status throughout the extension process and beyond, understanding the implications of any travel plans or changes in employment.


g. Seek Professional Advice 
At NNU Immigration, our team of experienced immigration lawyers specializes in L1 visas, delivering expert, personalized advice tailored to your unique situation.


Section G: For Expert Extension Support, Contact Us


NNU Immigration offers L1 visa holders and their employers professional guidance throughout the extension process. It helps them navigate the complex requirements and address any issues that may arise, easing the pressure on applicants through what is a life-changing process.

Whether you’re facing uncertainties about eligibility or documentation or need strategic advice, we can guide you through every step of the extension process, ensuring that precise timings are followed and that your application is comprehensive and compelling.

Contact us, and we will help you navigate the procedural complexities and work towards achieving your goal of extending your stay in the U.S.


Section H: FAQs on L1 Visa Extensions


How early can I apply for an L1 visa extension?
You can apply for an L1 visa extension up to six months before your visa expires. It’s recommended that you start the process early to accommodate any potential delays.


What is the maximum duration I can stay on an L1 visa?
The maximum duration for L1A visa holders (managers and executives) is seven years. The maximum stay for L1B visa holders (specialized knowledge employees) is five years.


Can I extend my L1 visa beyond the maximum duration limit?
ally, you cannot extend an L1 visa beyond the maximum duration limits (7 years for L1A, 5 years for L1B). To remain in the U.S. beyond this period, you must switch to a different visa category or seek lawful permanent residency (a green card).


What happens if my L1 visa extension is denied?
If your extension is denied, you must cease employment with your sponsoring employer and depart the United States unless you have another legal basis to stay.

It’s crucial to consult with an immigration attorney to explore your options. Depending on the reason for denial, you may be able to reapply or appeal the decision.


Can my family members stay in the U.S. if my L1 visa is extended?
Yes, if your L1 visa is extended, the visas of your dependents (spouses and unmarried children under 21) can also be extended. They are on L2 visas, which are dependent on the status of your L1 visa.


Is it possible to switch employers on an L1 visa?
The L1 visa is tied to your employer, so you cannot switch employers and retain your L1 status. If you find a new employer, you may change to a different visa category based on the new employment.


Can I travel outside the U.S. during the L1 visa extension process?
You can travel outside the U.S. during the extension process, but you must have a valid L1 visa to re-enter the United States. If your visa has expired, you must obtain a new visa stamp from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before returning.


How long does the L1 visa extension process take? 
The processing time for L1 visa extensions varies depending on the USCIS service center. Generally, it can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months. For an additional fee, Premium Processing can reduce the processing time to 15 calendar days.


Do I need to stay with my current employer after my L1 visa is extended?
Yes, the L1 visa requires you to remain employed with the sponsoring employer. If you leave your job, your L1 status and that of your dependents will be affected, necessitating departure from the U.S. or a change to another visa status.


Can I apply for a green card while on an L1 visa?
Yes, being on an L1 visa, especially as an L1A manager or executive, can be a pathway to applying for a green card through the EB-1C category or other appropriate employment-based categories. It’s advisable to consult with an immigration attorney to understand the process and requirements.


Section I: Glossary of Terms for L1 Visa Extension


L1 Visa: A non-immigrant visa allowing companies to transfer managers, executives, or specialized knowledge employees from an affiliated foreign office to one in the U.S.


L1A Visa: Subcategory of the L1 visa for managers and executives. Allows for a maximum stay of seven years.


L1B Visa: This is a subcategory of the L1 visa for employees with specialized knowledge. It allows for a maximum stay of five years.


USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services): The federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, including processing L1 visa extensions.


Form I-129: A form submitted by the employer to USCIS to petition for a nonimmigrant worker to come to the U.S. temporarily or to extend their stay.


Premium Processing: An optional service offered by USCIS that expedites processing of certain employment-based visa applications, including L1, for an additional fee.


RFE (Request for Evidence): A request issued by USCIS asking for additional documentation or information to decide on a visa application.


NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny): A letter from USCIS indicating the intent to deny an application or petition, giving the applicant a chance to respond before making a final decision.


Visa Extension: The process of applying for additional time to stay in the U.S. under the same visa classification before the current visa expires.


Petitioner: The U.S. employer who files the visa petition on behalf of the foreign employee.


Beneficiary: The foreign employee who is being sponsored for an L1 visa extension.


Specialized Knowledge: Expertise in the company’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, management, or other interests and its application in international markets, or an advanced level of knowledge of the company’s processes and procedures.


Qualifying Relationship: A relationship between the U.S. employer and the foreign company that meets the criteria set by USCIS, such as being a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate.


Dual Intent: A policy that allows certain non-immigrant visa holders, including L1 visa holders, to apply for a green card (permanent residency) without affecting their non-immigrant visa status.


Adjustment of Status: This process allows an eligible individual already in the U.S. to apply for permanent residency (a green card) without returning to their home country to complete visa processing.


Consular Processing: The procedure of applying for a visa through a U.S. embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country.


Visa Stamping: Getting a visa label placed on one’s passport at a U.S. embassy or consulate indicates that the visa application has been reviewed and approved.


Section J: Helpful Resources


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For information about the L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager and L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge visas.


Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Find an Immigration Lawyer


U.S. Embassy and Consulate
Details of U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide


USCIS Processing Times
Check USCIS Case Processing Times


Premium Processing Service
USCIS Premium Processing Information



Founder & Principal Attorney Nita Nicole Upadhye is a recognized leader in the field of US business immigration law (AILA) and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with both US and UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

Nita successfully acts for corporations and professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and athletes from across the globe, providing expert guidance on all aspects of US visa and nationality applications, and talent mobility to the USA.

Nita is an active public speaker, thought leader, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

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