L Visa FAQs

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L2 EAD Renewal based on I -94

Authored on: Thu, 04/08/2010 - 16:28

Question

Below are the validity dates of my L2 Visa,I-94& EAD:

L2 Visa Expiration Date: 18JUL2010
I-94 : 06MAY2011
EAD expiration date: 02OCT2010
I would like to apply for EAD renewal on June 4th, 2010 [120 days before EAD expiration]
Since I & my husband have I-94 valid till May 2011, my husband's company is planning to extend L1/L2 visas next year. Will my EAD renewal process have an impact with L2validity? As per my understanding, since I would remain on valid L2 visa after 18 July,2010 for 7 months[till I-94 expiration] can I renew my EAD without necessarily extending my L2visa.

Answer

Visa is irrelevant for status in USA. Look to your I-94 only. I dont see why you cannot renew EAD till I-94 validity. Since this matter is important, do double check with the company lawyers.

L2 visa and EAD

Authored on: Thu, 04/08/2010 - 16:16

Question

My husband's employer are busy with a L1 / L2 application for our family. My husband will go to the US (in June) on his L1 visa, 2 months before me and the children, since I have to wait for them to finish their school year in July. We will join him end of July. When he goes over in June ... Can he
1) apply for my SS number
2) hand in the forms for my EAD
without me being in the country, or does that have to wait till August when I arrive?

Answer

As far as I know, you will have to be here. Nothing can be done before that.

L1A visa and H-1

Authored on: Mon, 04/05/2010 - 08:22

Question

I am in USA on a L1A visa. If my H1B is approved, do I need to go to India to get my H1B visa stamped?

Answer

That depends upon whether or not you have also received change of status. If yes, you will not need to get visa stamping until you travel outside USA.

L1A Extension processing time

Authored on: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 14:57

Question

I had applied for my L1A extension back in Novemeber 13 2009 and yet the status is showing Initial Review. I am little concerned that would it really take this much time?What is the experience of other, with similar situation. Are L1's getting extended easily.

Answer

L-1A extensions are very difficult unless you meet all the criteria.

F1 visa to business visa or H1/L1

Authored on: Fri, 03/19/2010 - 04:44

Question

Which visa is easy to apply. Is it business visa or H-1 visa?

Answer

If you qualify, H and L visas are certainly more secure than an F visa.

L1B

Authored on: Mon, 03/08/2010 - 07:03

Question

In your knowledge, how long does it usually take to obtain a green card (through dual intent)with an L1B visa?

Answer

The time taken for L-1B holder who applies through PERM is the same as for anyone else from the country you were born in. No special case here, unless yo convert to L-1A and go through EB-1.

L-1B

Authored on: Fri, 02/26/2010 - 06:55

Question

I have 3 questions about the L1B visa I hope you can help me with:

1.Is it possible to work part time for another company than your sponsor under an L1B visa? (at the same time)
2.Is there a minimum amount of hours you have to be employed weekly under an L1B? Or can you just work part time for your sponsor company?
3.Lets say I want to apply under the "dual intent" law to permanent residence with an L1B visa, is it possible to do so by working only part time to my sponsor or do I have to be full time employed to be able to apply under the dual intent law ?

Answer

1. L-1B visas do not permit part time employment.
2. I think 35 hours each week (full time). Part time is not permitted.
3. Part time is not allowed under L-1B.

Request Info for L1 visa to do business

Authored on: Tue, 02/23/2010 - 06:01

Question

My parents are in Kenya and do business there. I want to have them shift to the states and do business here. Can my parents start a subway franschise on an L1 visa? My father owns supermarkets and a mall in kenya. I was wondering if he could get an L1 visa and start business here. What options does he have?
Can we start a fast food joint based on an L1 visa as well? Also, I would like to mention that my parents would like to keep the business in Kenya to continue and they would want to travel between the US and Kenya.

Answer

L-1 visas have progressively become more difficult for smaller companies. But I think it my be worth a try.

L1 Visa

Authored on: Tue, 02/23/2010 - 05:58

Question

I have been with Company A for 2yrs 8 months and later shifted to Company B. Recently I have joined back Company A, with a time gap of 8 months. Can Company A apply for an L1 now?

Answer

Yes, looks like you can. The law only requires one year of employment out of the last three years.

L-2 for Fiance

Authored on: Mon, 02/01/2010 - 05:19

Question

I am currently in the U.S. on an L-1 visa. My fiance is Hungarian and currently visiting me on a tourist visa. My L-1 was issued in Tokyo, Japan. Can we get married in the U.S. and get her an L-2 visa without her having to leave.

Answer

You would be getting her an L-2 status, not visa, within USA. I usually discourage change of status from B visa, but it is possible to do this. Consult with your lawyers.