How easy is it to get an L1 visa? Does it have any time or quota-related restrictions like for H1-B? How much time does the entire process take? Once in the U.S., is it possible to get it converted to an H1-B for the same company?

The basic idea behind an L1 visa is to allow employees of international companies that operate both inside and outside of the US to be transferred from an international branch to the US branch.

First, the employer will file an L1 application on your behalf and each individual application will be evaluated by USCIS. So, how difficult it is to get will depend on your qualifications. In some situations and for certain employers, USCIS will issue blanket L1 visas, meaning they issue a certain number of blank visas and the company then distributes them to employees on their own in which case it would be a lot easier for you to get.

The time restriction on an L1 visa generally range from about 3 months to the max stay of 7 years. The length of issuance is based on reciprocity considerations with other nations so your visa will be issued for the amount of time specifically set out for your home country. The good news, though, is that there are no quota restrictions on an L1 visa like on an H1B.

Any visa application process is going to take some time and effort, the L1 is no different. There are a lot of forms and paperwork that need to be filed between 6 months and 45 days before the employee’s requested start date. But, before that can happen, all of the required information needs to be gathered and the forms and paperwork need to be actually filled out. This process can take a few months on your own, but hiring an immigration attorney to help you can make it a little easier and cut down on some time.

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