L-1A Intracompany Transferee

L-1A Intracompany Transferee

Change of Status and subsequent extension granted to a start-up business.

Quick Laundry

  • 05/04/2015 VT and his family arrive as B-2 visitors.
  • 09/25/2015 VT files an I-129 to change status from B-2 to L-1A.
  • TT files an I-539 to change her and BT’s status from B-2 to L-2.

TT files an I-765 to apply for her initial EAD.

  • 10/02/2015 VT’s L-1A visa and TT and BT’s L-2 visas are approved from 11/04/2015 to 11/03/2016.

Success Story

VT and his family are nationals of Russia. VT has degrees in engineering and law, and has established a number of very successful businesses in Russia. One of these businesses is a company he established in 2008 which deals in laundromat equipment. Later on, he spun this company off and began selling RFID equipment for enterprises in Russia.

VT wanted to expand in the U.S., where enterprises are more willing to purchase and upgrade into the new RFID technologies. With the help of his associates who were already based in the U.S., they were able to set-up the paperwork for the U.S. affiliate ahead of time (almost 1 year ahead of the petition filing) and prepare all the evidence for the visa petition. This is a key factor in VT’s case, because of the short period of time granted to initial L-1A visas, businesses should not waste that precious time in administrative groundwork and should just focus on actual operations and growing the business.

Another key factor in VT’s case is the strength of the business plan, which is accurate, with realistic goals, and tailored specifically to the requirements of the particular visa that VT is aiming for. This business plan was prepared in close collaboration with VT, his associates, and our firm.

With VT’s documents ready, and along with the business plan, we filed his petition to change his status to an L-1A intracorporate transferee (i.e., transferred as a manager from his company’s parent corporation to the company’s U.S. affiliate) via the USCIS’s Premium Processing service. Premium processing guarantees a response from the USCIS within 15 days from receipt.

The USCIS approved VT for the L-1A visa, and his dependents TT and BT for the L-2 visa. The approval came without a Request for Evidence, meaning that the USCIS found the petition to be complete both in form and substance, and was approved outright.