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L-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the documents required to apply for L-1 visa?

The documents required for L-1 visa application are:

  • Filled-in visa application Form DS-160
  • One recent passport size photograph, 50mm X 50mm of each applicant showing full face without head covering against a light background
  • A passport, valid for travel to the U.S. for at least six months longer than your intended visit
  • Employee copy of Form I-797 Approval Notice
  • Copy of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant visa. This petition is filed with the USCIS by your employer and must be approved before you can apply for your L-1 Visa.

What is an L-1 petition?

A petition is the process by which the USCIS determines that you meet the basic qualifications for a particular visa. It is through the L-1 petition process that the USCIS determines that you have the experience and background to qualify as an L-1 worker.

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What documents are required to apply for an L-1 petition?

Along with your L-1 petition, you must submit an original and signed letter from your company confirming your:

  • Present employment, your position, and length of service with the company
  • Company knows about and authorizes your transfer to the U.S. company
  • U.S. company's name and full address. If more than one location is involved, supply the names and addresses of all locations
  • Statement about the position you will fill in the U.S.
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