L-1 visas are used by all manner of businesses – small, medium and large. The L1 visa is used to transfer executives and managers from foreign businesses to the U.S. for up to seven years. The U.S. based employer must petition on behalf of the alien in the L-1 visa process. The L-1 visa has two key factors: the employee must work in the role of executive, manager, supervisor, or in a role which requires specialize knowledge; and the employee must have worked in an overseas parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate of the petitioning U.S. company for at least one of the past three years.E visas are not dual intent. The USCIS officer who reviews the initial application and any requests for extension will want proof that the applicant does not plan to permanently reside in the United States. If the recipient of an E visa were to apply for residency too soon after arrival, this would be looked upon negatively and could hurt their chances for approval. It could also hurt the applicant’s current E visa status. If you have a company immigration attorney, these questions should be directed to your immigration attorney. Your questions should be directed to your company's immigration attorney, since the attorney is the person most familiar your case. But remember this attorney is the company attorney, not yours. Immigration is a very complex area of law. It is a lot more than merely filling out forms. You need to retain an immigration attorney to handle all immigration proceedings. This prevents errors that can sometimes prove costly and may even be irreversible. You should always seek to obtain the best attorney that you can afford and not let geographic restrictions stand in the way. Some immigration attorneys will charge a consultation fee, however those that do so, will give full credit if you retain their law firm. Do not let geographic restrictions prevent you from obtaining the best possible attorney. Pick the best lawyer you can find and remember one rule: a good lawyer is generally never cheap, and a cheap lawyer is generally never good so don't choose based on price. Good luck.
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