If your foreign-based business is interested in opening a domestic branch, you may need help with obtaining visas that allow the transfer of certain key personnel to your U.S. location. L-1 visas are available for the temporary relocation for up to three years of executives, managers and key employees who hold specialized knowledge.
Having the ability to send key personnel to the U.S. can help with growing the operation. The process can be highly complicated, however, and it is important that you submit all of the required documentation appropriately to avoid denials of visas for your workers.
In order to qualify for L-1 visas, the executives, managers and employees will need to meet standardized guidelines. For example, they must have worked in your company for at least a year in the three years prior to the application. They must also provide documentation showing that their work history qualifies for the job duties entailed by the U.S. position. Finally, a direct relationship must be demonstrated between the foreign company and the U.S. entity through documentation such as financial statements, articles of incorporation and other evidentiary documents.
At the Kasen Law Firm, our team has been helping foreign business clients with intra-company transfers for more than 30 years. We understand the types of documents our clients will be required to produce, and we help them with gathering the evidence and submitting complete visa applications. Our goal is always to help our business clients with their immigration needs effectively. If you have questions about what you might expect, you may want to review our L-1 Visa and intra-company transfer page where we have gathered additional information.