Talk to the immigration attorney doing the L papers ... not someone in HR ... .not a legal assistant ... not a manager, nor a secretary.
Simple Answer: You were denied entry ... not denied a visa ... keep that in mind when reading the questions.
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I agree with my colleague. You have to be candid in your answers in the DS160 but you have to ensure you are answering the right question. A denied entry, nor a denied visa should jeopardize your chances of being approved for the L visa unless there are other issues. Definitely discuss this issue with the attorney who is doing this process or perhaps, you may want to think about hiring independent counsel. Good luck!
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I agree with my colleagues.
Your employer needs to retain an experienced immigration lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues, to review all the facts, advise them, and handle the case.
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