I am appealing an L1 visa denial, how long does this take? Is it likely to be approved?

Asked over 2 years ago - Usa, Mobile, AL

The visa has been denied based on me being a 'functional' manager rather than an exucutive manager. The company is small, hence why all roles have to be covered by me or one other.

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  1. Jeffrey Adam Devore

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You, as the beneficiary of an L-1 petition, cannot appeal the denial.
    Only the petitioner (in this case your employer) can appeal. In any
    event, appeals to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office for L-1 denial
    are presently taking approximately 22 months. Keep in mind that then
    pendency of an appeal does not grant you lawful status in the United

    Often it can be a better option to either file a new petition or skip
    the AAO altogether and file an action in Federal Court. I suggest you
    consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review your
    case and advise you how best to proceed.

  2. Toni Maschler

    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . If your employer still wants to sponsor you, they should file a better documented new application and forget about the appeal

    This general information does not establish any attorney-client relationship. There may well be factors not... more
  3. Gen Kimura

    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . It depends on the strength of the evidence presented to the USCIS.

    This answer is of a general nature and should not be relied upon as final, nor is it intended as legal advice.... more
  4. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Appeals can take more than a year.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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