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USCIS Issues Final Memo on Implementation of Increased Fees for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitions

This memorandum provides guidance regarding implementation of the provisions of Public Law 111-230 that increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. The additional fee applies to petitioners that employ 50 or more employees in the United States with more than 50% of their employees in the United States in H-1B or L-1A or L-1B nonimmigrant status. Petitioners meeting those criteria must submit the additional fee with an H-1B or L-1 petition filed.

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I worked as Dept. Director at a Spanish Hotel from Jan 08-Jul 09. My employment was in the Hotel full-time, but was hired/paid through a consulting firm they employed (and still employ) to manage the operations of that department. I have now been offered a position (Dec 2010) in a similar Managerial/Director job within the Hotel's parent company in the USA but I have not got a US work permit, (I am Spanish). Can I qualify for the L1-blanket visa of the Company, based on my history with their consultant? Do I need to be employed by Hotel in Spain again prior to applying for the L1 visa?

Interesting situation. Not having researched this issue, I am guessing, the only way you can qualify for the L-1 is if you can establish that the hotel in Spain was your "true" employer in that they controlled you, even though your salary was paid by the consulting company.

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L1A-Blanket petition

I came to USA before 3 years and 6 months on L1B-Individual visa. I had 2 years of managerial experience before 3.5 years with the same employer, outside U.S.A. Now I got my L1A-Blanket petition approved and waiting for Personal Appearance with U.S.Consulate. My concern is that, I read in the conditions that the experience should be within the preceding three years....but I have managerial experience before 3.5 years. Will affect the chances?

There is an exemption of time for people who come to USA and continue working with the same group of companies in USA. Their 3 years are counted back from the date they enter USA.

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Request Info for L1 visa to do business

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.

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

Unless the context shows otherwise, all answers here were provided by Rajiv and were compiled and reported by our editorial team from comments and blog on immigration.com

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Guestbook Entry for Latha Thata , United States

Name: 
Latha Thata
State: 
Wisconsin
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

I've been working with LORK the last 5 years, and it has always been a pleasure working with them. They've dealt some tough cases for us, and I have immense confidence, when they are handling our cases. Recently, we had our L1 petition approved, and we are very impressed with extent of details covered. It was a pleasure working with Vikas Varma, and LORK's attitude of making sure the employer's reputation is not at stake at the USCIS.

Guestbook Entry for Jay , United States

Name: 
Jay
State: 
Union City
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

I had applied for an L1-A for start-up in 2007 August. Rajiv and his staff put all their efforts to make sure that the petition was correct and all the required supportive documentation was there. L1-A was approved in a span of 4 days from application and I got it for a period of one year, which is the normal case, that the Law Office had notified well in advance. Though the responsibilities of Rajiv was over with that application, he put extra efforts in detailing out the steps required in the coming year before going for the renewal so that I will be able to get it renewed.

He told me that getting the first L1-A is relatively easier compared to the renewal where in they thoroughly scrutinize the documents. He also detailed each activities I should fulfill based on my application for going for the renewal in 2008. However, I had to wait for 3 months in Chennai to get the appointment for Visa stamping. So all I had was 9 months of working time to fulfill these steps.

I came to U.S in November 2007 and contacted Rajiv. He gave me an abridged list of key things to be done in 9 months for the renewal. I worked according to the plan and we started the L1-A renewal process in July 2008 end. Vikas from the L1 department was meticulous in preparing this application. He gave me a list of documents required and he put lot of time to go through each one of these documents, provide suggestions to make it better etc. Over a period of 4 weeks work, we had a comprehensive petition in place.

The Law Offices of Rajiv send the petition on 21st August. It reached the USCIS on August 22nd 2008. They started processing on 25th August since 23&24 was Sat & Sunday. My renewal was approved on 25th August itself and the approval notice was sent on the very same day. Notice of Action (I-797) and (I-94) reached the Law Office on the next day, August 26th itself. It was unbelievably fast because the petition application was done perfectly.

What more do you want from an immigration attorney; he delivers what he says plus he takes the right steps to guide you to the next step. And can you believe, he is already advising me on the next steps to be taken in business path. I vouch for Rajivji and his staff and I recommend them for anybody who want to go to the best attorney in Immigration. Thanks once again Rajivji, Anna & Vikas for making this possible.

Guestbook Entry for Dilbagh Gill , United States

Name: 
Dilbagh Gill
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

Thanks to all the wonderful professional staff at Rajiv's Offices. The entire experience from getting a L1 visa to a GC approval within 24 months was awesome. I really appreciated the personal attention and constant updates on status. I also want to highlight the superior service Savita Krishnamurthy extended, many times going beyond the call of duty. You people are A1.

Guestbook Entry for Ram N Ramamurthy, United States

Name: 
Ram N Ramamurthy
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
State: 
TX
Country: 
United States
Homepage: 
http://www.IIST.com
Comment: 

I got my L1A extension approved during April 2004 through Rajiv & Savita. I traveled out of country and reentered in June 2004 using my old visa. But encountered problems on my new I-94 dates and was very panicked. So the 1st email and phone call was to Savita and it was followed up by her, Charu & Rajiv personally. I can't believe that I applied for my visa revalidation by post on 8th July and got the stamping on 2nd August. Less than 3 weeks and it's a miracle. I take this opportunity to thank Rajiv, Savita & Charu for their kind advice and guidance. Great Work and I am obliged.

Guestbook Entry for Unmesh , United States

Name: 
Unmesh
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
State: 
Nevada
Country: 
United States
Homepage: 
http://www.thinking-minds.com
Comment: 

Rajeev,
Savita and all your team did an excellent job to responding to this RFP. We had almost lost hope but it came through. Her hard work and patience finally paid off!! You got a great team. We'll be sending many more cases.

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