Procedures for Applying for the L-1 Transfer Visa
The L-1 Transfer visa is a two-step process. First, the company must file a petition with the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Once the petition is approved the employee may then apply for an L visa at a US Embassy or Consulate outside the United States.
If a company has opened a new US office within the last year, there are additional requirements such as providing evidence of physical office premises and a business plan. An L-1 visa for a new office transfer will generally be issued for only one year initially.
An L-1 Transfer visa petition may be filed with a request for Premium Processing and the petitioner must pay an additional Premium Processing fee in order to guarantee that the petition will be reviewed within 15 days. If the USCIS requests additional documents after the initial review of the petition, then the 15 day processing time will start again once the additional documents are submitted to the USCIS.