If you are a foreign company looking to open a new office in the United States, then an L-1 visa can be a very useful tool. L-1 visas can help you bring over the necessary managers, executives, and employees with specialized knowledge that you need to successfully open a new office.
A new office means an organization that has been doing business in the United States through a parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary for less than one year. Requirements for opening a new office will depend on whether you are utilizing an L-1A visa or an L-1B visa. L-1 visas are initially available for one (1) year but can qualify for extensions. To open a new office, there is no requirement of minimum capital investment. An investment that is appropriate for the type of business is sufficient.
If the beneficiary of the L-1 visa is coming to establish the new office as a manager or executive, then the following evidence must be provided by the petitioner:
An executive or manager who is opening a new office should be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business. In addition, they should have the authority to hire staff and make decisions.
If the beneficiary of the L-1 visa is coming to the United States in a specialized knowledge capacity, then there are different requirements. The following evidence must be submitted:
Handling the immigration issues involved in opening a new office in the U.S. can be complicated. You may want an experienced immigration attorney to help you through the process. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we have the experience and the knowledge to help you put together a complete visa application. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.