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Can I apply for a National Interest Exception at a CBP office at the airport? Do I need to apply through a U.S. Consulate abroad first? What is the procedure? COVID-19Immigration

Can I apply for a National Interest Exception at a CBP office at the airport? Do I need to apply through a U.S. Consulate abroad first? What is the procedure?

In July 2020, the Department of State announced that certain business and student travelers coming from Schengen countries or the U.K. (such as B-1 business visitors), treaty traders, or treaty investors may apply for a  National Interest Exception (“NIE”). The NIE allows such…
January 5, 2021
Can L-1 employees work remotely? Do employers need to file anything with the government if the worksite location changes for L-1 employees? ImmigrationL-1 Visa

Can L-1 employees work remotely? Do employers need to file anything with the government if the worksite location changes for L-1 employees?

Due to COVID-19 many companies had to rethink their workplace arrangements in 2020. Some companies had employees work remotely while others temporarily shut down or furloughed employees. As local requirements and lockdown restrictions have shifted, some companies have gone back…
December 22, 2020
What is an L-1A managerial visa? How do I know if I meet the requirements? Is there a certain number of people I have to manage in order to qualify? ImmigrationL-1 Visa

What is an L-1A managerial visa? How do I know if I meet the requirements? Is there a certain number of people I have to manage in order to qualify?

The L-1A visa can be used by companies abroad to transfer managers or executives to the U.S. to work at an established U.S. company or to form a new office. The U.S. company must have a qualifying relationship with the…
December 21, 2020
I am on an L-1 and my company is sponsoring me for a green card. Once my green card petition is filed and I receive my work authorization, do I need to extend my L-1 visa? ImmigrationL-1 Visa

I am on an L-1 and my company is sponsoring me for a green card. Once my green card petition is filed and I receive my work authorization, do I need to extend my L-1 visa?

The L-1 visa allows companies abroad that have a qualifying relationship with a U.S. company to transfer employees to the U.S. in managerial, executive and specialized knowledge roles. The L-1 visa can be granted for up to 7 years for…
November 6, 2020
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I am waiting for my change of status petition to be approved. Can I travel outside the U.S. in the meantime? Immigration

I am waiting for my change of status petition to be approved. Can I travel outside the U.S. in the meantime?

No, in general we discourage travel outside the U.S. while a change of status petition is pending. Travel Outside the U.S. While Change of Status Petition Is Pending An individual who has status under one nonimmigrant visa category can change…
October 15, 2020
What is the current state of the presidential proclamation regarding L visas? Will I be eligible to apply for an L-1 visa in 2021? ImmigrationL-1 Visa

What is the current state of the presidential proclamation regarding L visas? Will I be eligible to apply for an L-1 visa in 2021?

On June 22, 2020, the issuance of Presidential Proclamation 10052 suspended the entry of people in the following visa categories through December 31, 2020: H-1B, H-2B, J (applying to interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, or summer work travel…
October 15, 2020
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L-1B Change of Status Approval with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services for a Q-Grader working for a Coffee Wholesaler Approvals

L-1B Change of Status Approval with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services for a Q-Grader working for a Coffee Wholesaler

We just had an L-1B approval with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  The applicant was granted L-1B status for 3 years and the business is a coffee wholesaler. The applicant is a Q-Grader. Q-Graders are specialized and credentialed professionals who…
September 29, 2020
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I am an employer and I want to transfer several employees to the U.S. Is the L-1 visa a good option? Is the E-2 visa a good option? E-2 VisaImmigrationInvestor VisasL-1 Visa

I am an employer and I want to transfer several employees to the U.S. Is the L-1 visa a good option? Is the E-2 visa a good option?

Sometimes employers are faced with the need to transfer many employees from abroad to the United States within a short time frame. For example, a manufacturing company may take on a project that requires engineers or designers with a specific…
September 28, 2020
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I am an employer and I want to transfer several employees to the U.S. Is the L-1 visa a good option? Is the E-2 visa a good option? E-2 VisaImmigrationInvestor VisasL-1 Visa

I am an employer and I want to transfer several employees to the U.S. Is the L-1 visa a good option? Is the E-2 visa a good option?

Sometimes employers are faced with the need to transfer many employees from abroad to the United States within a short time frame. For example, a manufacturing company may take on a project that requires engineers or designers with a specific…
September 2, 2020
I am in the U.S. on an L-1B and would like to stay for longer than 5 years. What are my options? Can I switch to an L-1A? Can I switch to any other visa? ImmigrationL-1 Visa

I am in the U.S. on an L-1B and would like to stay for longer than 5 years. What are my options? Can I switch to an L-1A? Can I switch to any other visa?

The L-1B visa category allows employers outside the U.S. to transfer employees with specialized knowledge to a U.S. company that is a branch, affiliate, parent or subsidiary of the foreign employer. The employee must have worked for the company outside the U.S.…
June 30, 2020
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