L1 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the L1 Visa

L1 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the L1 Visa

 

The L1 visa is a powerful immigration option for people looking to live and work in the USA. The L1 visa allows foreign businesses to transfer certain employees to a US branch, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate company.

 

In this guide, I will discuss what you need to know about the L1 visa.

 

If you have any questions about the L1 visa, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. My team of US immigration lawyers and I would be happy to help you get your L1 visa.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the L1 Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of an L1 Visa?

 

3. What are the L1 Visa Requirements?

 

4. Common Issues Regarding Managers, Executives, and Specialized Knowledge Workers

 

5. Special Rules for L1 New Office Petitions

 

6. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an L1 Visa?

 

7. How to Apply for an L1 Visa

 

8. L1 Extensions

 

9. L1 Blanket Visa

 

10. How to go from an L1 Visa to Green Card

 

11. Conclusion

 

1. What is the L1 Visa?

 

The L1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows foreign companies to transfer a manager, executive, or person with specialized knowledge to a US company. The US company must be a branch office, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the foreign company.

 

The employee that is transferred must work for the US company as a manager, executive, or person with specialized knowledge. If the employee will work as a manager or an executive, the visa is specifically called an L1A visaIf the employee will work as a person with specialized knowledge, the visa is specifically called an L1B visa.

 

The L1 visa is not a eligible for self-petition. The US company must file the petition on the employees behalf. Therefore, the US company is considered the petitioner, and the L1 visa recipient, is considered the beneficiary.

 

The L1 visa allows you to live and work in the United States for extended periods of time and also provides immigration benefits for your spouse and children.

 

Summary:

 

  • The L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows foreign companies to send certain employees to a related US company.

 

  • The US company must be a parent/subsidiary, branch office, or affiliate of the foreign company.

 

  • If the employee will work for the US company as a manager or executive this is classified as an L1A visa.

 

  • If the employee will work for the US company as a specialized knowledge worker this is classified as an L1B visa.

 

  • The US company that the employee will work for must file the petition on behalf of the L1 worker. The US company is the petitioner, and the L1 worker is the beneficiary.

2. What are the Benefits of an L1 Visa?

 

i. Ability to Live and Work in the USA

 

  • With an L1 visa, you are authorized to live in the United States and to work for your L1 employer.

 

ii. Extended Period of Stay

 

  • The L1A visa for managers and executives is initially valid for a period of 3 years and can be extended for a total of 7 years.

 

  • The L1B visa for people with specialized knowledge is initially valid for a period of 3 years and can be extended for a total of 5 years.

 

iii. Dual Intent Visa

 

  • Many non-immigrant visas, such as the B1/B2 visitor visa, require that you have non-immigrant intent. This means that you must intend to return to your home country and that you do not intend to immigrate to the United States.

 

  • The L1 visa is a dual-intent visa, meaning that you may have the intent to temporarily remain in the United States while simultaneously having the intent to possibly immigrate to the United States and become a lawful permanent resident in the future.

 

iv. No Set Wage Requirements

 

  • The L1 visa does not require that the US company pay you a certain wage.

 

  • Some visa categories require that you get paid a wage commensurate with your position and job title. The L1 does not have this requirement.

 

  • Your US employer will still have to comply with state and federal minimum wage laws.

v. Immigration Benefits for Your Family

 

  • By getting approve for an L1 visa, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old are eligible to accompany you in the United States.

 

  • Your spouse and unmarried children would obtain L2 status as your dependents.

 

  • Your spouse can obtain employment authorization to work in the United States.

 

  • Your children can attend US schools and get a US education.

 

vi. L1 Visa is Eligible for Premium Processing

 

  • The L1 visa is eligible for premium processing.

 

  • Premium processing is a service provided by USCIS where they expedite the processing of your L1 petition for an additional fee of $2,500.

 

  • If you select premium processing, USCIS will issue a response to you L1 petition within 15 days.

 

vii. No Annual Limit to the Number of L1 Visas Issued

 

  • There is no annual limit to the number of L1 visas that can be issued.

 

  • This is contrary to other visas, such as the H-1B visa, which has an annual quota.

 

3. What are the L1 Visa Requirements?

 

In order to get an L1 visa, there are 4 main requirements:

 

  • There must be a qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company.

 

  • The employee coming to work in the US must have been continuously employed full-time by the foreign company for at least 1 year within the last 3 years before filing the L1 petition.

 

  • The employment with the foreign company must have been in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.

 

  • The employee’s work for the US company must be in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.

 

i. There must be a qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company.

 

  • The L1 visa is for foreign companies to transfer certain workers to a US company. In order to get an L1 visa, there must be a qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company.

 

There are 3 types of relationships that qualify:

 

  • Parent/Subsidiary

 

  • Branch Office

 

  • Affiliate

 

Parent/Subsidiary

 

There are 3 types of relationships that qualify as a parent/subsidiary relationship:

 

  • One of the companies owns more than half of the other company

 

  • One of the companies is a 50% partner of the other company, which is a joint venture. In this situation, the parent company must have equal control and veto power over the subsidiary company.

 

  • One of the companies owns less than half of the other company but has control over the company.

 

Branch Office

 

  • A branch office is the same company as that parent company, but is operating in a different location.

 

  • To qualify for L1, the branch office must be registered as a foreign corporation operating in the US.

 

Affiliate

 

There are 3 types of relationships that qualify as an affiliate relationship:

 

  • Two companies that are both owned and controlled by the same parent company or person.

 

  • Two companies that are owned and controlled by the same group of people. Each person must own and control roughly the same proportion of each company.

 

  • Some multinational accounting firms.

 

Duration of the Qualifying Relationship

 

  • There must be a qualifying relationship between the US company and a foreign company throughout the duration of the L1 beneficiary’s stay in the US.

 

  • For existing US business L1: the qualifying relationship does not have to be between the US company and the same foreign employer that the beneficiary worked for. Any qualifying relationship with a foreign company should suffice.

 

  • For new business L1: if the US business is considered a “new business” (discussed below), the foreign company that the US worker worked for must continue to operate and must maintain a qualifying relationship with the US company.

 

ii. The employee coming to work in the US must have been continuously employed full-time by the foreign company for at least 1 year within the last 3 years before filing the L1 petition.

 

  • To qualify for an L1 visa, the foreign worker seeking transfer to the US must have been continuously employed by the foreign company, full-time, for at least 1 year within the last 3 years prior to filing the L1 petition.

 

  • The employment must be continuous

 

  • Periods spent in the United States in lawful status for a branch of the same employer or a parent, affiliate, or subsidiary and brief trips to the United States for business or pleasure will not interrupt the one year of continuous employment abroad but those periods will not count towards the year of qualifying employment. [Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l)]

 

  • The entire year of qualifying employment should be satisfied by the time the L1 application is filed.

 

  • The employment must be full-time (at least 35 hours a week). There is 1 exception to the full-time requirement in certain circumstances where the L1 beneficiary worked for multiple affiliated companies.

 

iii. The employment with the foreign company must have been in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.

 

  • To qualify for an L1 visa, you must have worked for the foreign company in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.

 

Managerial Capacity

 

Managerial Capacity means that you primarily:

 

  • Manage the organization, or a department, subdivision, function, or component of the organization;

 

  • Supervise and control the work of other supervisory, professional, or managerial employees, or manage an essential function within the organization, or a department or subdivision of the organization;

 

  • You have the authority to hire and fire or recommend those types of personnel actions for employees directly supervised. If no employees are directly supervised, you function at a senior level within the organizational hierarchy or with respect to the function managed;

 

  • And, you exercise discretion over the day-to-day operations of the activity or function that you have authority over. A first-line supervisor is not considered to be acting in a managerial capacity just by virtue of their supervisory duties unless the employees supervised are professional. [Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l)]

 

Executive Capacity

 

Executive Capacity means that you primarily:

 

  • Direct the management of the organization or a major component or function of the organization;

 

  • Establish the goals and policies of the organization, component, or function;

 

  • Exercise wide latitude in discretionary decision-making;

 

  • And, receive only general supervision or direction from higher level executives, he board of directors, or stockholders of the organization. subdivision, function, or component of the organization. [Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l)]

 

Specialized Knowledge

 

  • Specialized knowledge is “special knowledge of the company product and its application in international markets” or “an advanced level of knowledge of processes and procedures of the company” [INA Section 214(c)(2)(B)]

 

What is special knowledge of the company product and its application in international markets?:

 

  • Special knowledge here means distinct or uncommon in comparison to what is typically found in the particular industry.

 

What is an advanced level of knowledge of processes and procedures of the company?:

 

  • This means "knowledge or expertise in the company’s 'specific' processes and procedures that is 'not commonly found in the relevant industry' and is 'greatly developed or further along in progress, complexity, and understanding than that generally found within the employer.'" [Business Immigration: Law and Practice, 2nd Ed. Chapter 11 L1 Visas and Nonimmigrant Status]

 

iv. The employee’s work for the US company must be in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.

 

  • To qualify for an L1 visa, you must be coming to the United States to work for the US company in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.

 

  • The same definitions for managerial, executive, and specialized knowledge capacity apply for this requirement (see above).

 

4. Common Issues Regarding Managers, Executives, and Specialized Knowledge Workers

 

Managers and Executives

 

  • If you will be working for the US company as a manager or executive, your specific visa classification is L1A

 

  • For managers and executives, USCIS is mainly analyzing whether you will primarily be engaged in the managerial or executive function.

 

  • The more your position is focused on the day-to-day operations of the business instead of the management of those operations the less likely it is that your position will qualify as a manager or executive.

 

  • If the US company is small and only has a few employees, there is a strong chance that USCIS will presume that you will primarily be focusing on the day-to-day operations of the business and that your business does not support a managerial or executive position. This is one of the biggest reasons L1 petitions get denied.

 

  • In order to overcome a denial you should provide evidence including an organizational chart of the US company and a detailed breakdown of all the functions you will perform for the US company along with percentages of time you will spend on each function.

 

Specialized Knowledge Worker

 

  • If you will be working for the US company as a specialized knowledge worker, your specific visa classification is L1B.

 

  • To satisfy the specialized knowledge category, you must show that the knowledge you have is not commonly held.

 

  • To overcome a finding that your knowledge is not specialized, you should provide evidence of the number of years you have been developing the knowledge, evidence of how your knowledge has benefited the foreign company, other evidence of the complexity and sophistication of the knowledge you possess, etc.

 

Switching from L1A to L1B

 

  • You are not required to work in the same capacity for the US company as you did for the foreign company.

 

  • If you worked for the foreign company as a specialized knowledge worker, you can come to the US company to work as a manager or executive.

 

  • If you worked for the foreign company as a manager or executive, you can come to the US company to work as a specialized knowledge worker.

 

  • Regardless of the position you will be working in for the US company, to give yourself a better chance at approval, you should show how the knowledge you gained in your capacity with the foreign company will be applied to your position with the US company.

 

5. Special Rules for L1 New Office Petitions

 

  • If the US business that you will be working for has been “doing business" for less than one year, it is considered a new office, and special rules apply to get an L1 visa.

 

What is a New Office?

 

  • A new office is a company that has been doing business in the US through a parent, branch, affiliate, or subsidiary for less than one year.

 

 

  • The mere presence of an office in the US does not qualify as “doing business” it must actually be conducting business activities.

 

New Office Petitions are More Strictly Scrutinized

 

  • L1 petitions for new offices are more strictly scrutinized.

 

  • In order to give yourself the best chance of approval, you should include a business plan with your L1 petition.

 

  • Here are some of the factors that USCIS looks for with a new office L1 application: 1. the amount of your investment, 2. your intended personnel structure, 3. the physical premises (office) you will be operating the business out of, and 4. the sustainability of the foreign company.

 

Special Rules for New Office L1A Managers and Executives

 

If you will be working for a new office in the US as a manager or executive:

 

  • There must be a qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company.

 

  • You must show that sufficient physical premises has been obtained to house the new office.

 

  • You must show that you have 1 year of continuous full-time employment with the foreign company as either a manager or executive.

 

  • Unlike with existing offices, if you intend to work as a manager or executive for the US company, your previous experience must have been as a manager or executive (not specialized knowledge).

 

  • You must also show that the US company will support a managerial or executive position within 1 year of approval of your L1 petition.

 

  • Unlike with existing offices, USCIS acknowledges that as a manager or executive for a new office, you are more likely to engage in the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

  • Rather than requiring that you primarily engage in managerial/executive tasks immediately, USCIS gives a period of 1 year for you to show that the US company will support a managerial position.

 

  • You can demonstrate the the US company will support a managerial position through various forms of evidence including: a business plan that will discuss the projections of the new office; information regarding the nature of the office describing the scope of the business, its organizational structure, ad its financial goals; the size of the investment in the US business and the financial ability of the foreign company to pay for your services and to begin operations in the US; and the organizational structure of the foreign company.

 

  • Unlike with existing offices, the initial status granted for a new office L1 is 1 year.

 

  • Before the expiration of the first year, to remain in valid L1 status, you are required to file an extension. In order for your extension to get approved, you must demonstrate that the US company now supports a managerial position.

 

  • The foreign company that you worked for much continue to operate and must maintain a qualifying relationship with the US company.

 

Special Rules for New Office L1B Specialized Knowledge Workers

 

If you will be working for a new office in the US as a specialized knowledge worker:

 

  • There must be a qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company.

 

  • You must show that sufficient physical premises has been obtained to house the new office.

 

  • You must show that the new office has the financial ability to pay for your services and to begin operations in the US.

 

  • For L1B new office petitions, it is also helpful to include evidence that the foreign company will continue to operate.

 

  • The foreign company that you worked for much continue to operate and must maintain a qualifying relationship with the US company.

 

  • In addition to the other requirements to get an L1 visa, specified above.

 

Important Note:

 

  • For both L1A and L1B, if you are an owner or major stockholder of the company, your L1 petition must be accompanied by evidence that your services are to be used for a temporary period and evidence that you will be transferred to an assignment abroad upon the completion of your temporary services in the United States. [Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l)]

 

6. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an L1 Visa?

 

  • The evidence that you submit with your L1 petition is extremely important to getting your visa approved.

 

  • The specific documents you need to submit will depend on your particular case. Your immigration lawyer can help you determine exactly which documents you will need to provide, based on your particular case.

 

  • Email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com, and I can guide you through the L1 process from start to finish.

 

With that disclaimer, here is a general list of some of the documents you should expect to provide to your immigration lawyer:

 

  • Copies of your passport for you and your family

 

  • Your resume or CV

 

  • A detailed job description outlining your US job

 

  • A detailed job description of your position with your foreign company

 

  • General information for both the US company and the foreign company

 

7. How to Apply for an L1 Visa

 

Here’s a simplified breakdown of the process of getting an L1 Visa:

 

Step 1 - Hire an Immigration Lawyer

 

  • The L1 visa is an extremely complex visa category that requires experience, careful preparation, and strategy.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer will walk you through the process step-by-step, conduct and in-depth consultation with you, and provide you with a detailed list of the documents they need to prepare your L1 petition.

 

Step 2 - Document Gathering

 

  • At this stage, you will gather all the necessary documentation identified by your immigration lawyer, including a detailed description of your proposed job for the US company, evidence of your employment with the foreign company, and other pertinent evidence.

 

Step 3 - File Form I-129 and L Supplement

 

  • The Form I-129 is the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

 

  • This is the Form your immigration lawyer will file to qualify you for an L1 visa.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer will also file the L-supplement along with the I-129.

 

  • Important Note: The L1 visa cannot be filed through self-petition. Your US employer is the petitioner and you, the prospective L1 recipient, are the beneficiary.

 

  • All of the supporting documents, such as your evidence of employment with the foreign company, CV, etc. will also be included with the I-129

 

  • Once your I-129 is approved, you are eligible to apply for an L1 visa.

 

  • If you are doing a Change of Status, your steps are complete upon I-129 approval.

 

Step 4 - Apply for L1 Visa

 

  • If you are not doing a Change of Status, then you will likely be applying for your L1 visa at the Consulate of your home country.

 

  • Upon approval of your I-129, you are eligible to apply for your L1 visa.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer can assist you with scheduling an interview at the Consulate and preparing the necessary documents.

 

Important Note for Canadian Citizens:

 

  • If you are a citizen of Canada, you may apply for your L1 directly at a US port of entry.

 

  • To do this, you would apply directly to the Customs and Border Protection Agency.

 

  • As a Canadian citizen, you are not required to file a petition with USCIS.

 

8. L1 Extensions

 

L1A Extensions

 

  • The L1A for managers and executives is initially issued for a period of 3 years.

 

  • The L1A is eligible to be extended 2 separate times for a period of 2 years on each extension.

 

  • You can stay in the US for a total of 7 years through L1A

 

L1B Extensions

 

  • The L1B for specialized knowledge workers is initially issued for a period of 2 years.

 

  • The L1B is eligible to be extended 2 separate times for a period of 1 year on each extension.

 

  • You can stay in the US for a total of 5 years through L1B

 

New Office L1 Extensions

 

  • A new office L1 is given an initial period of 1 year.

 

  • For L1A managers and executives, you are eligible to extend the L1 by showing that the US company supports a managerial/ executive position. To meet this requirement, the US company should have adequate staff to handle the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

Differences Between New Office Extensions and Existing Office Extensions

 

  • For L1 new office extensions, the specific foreign company that you worked for must stay open and operational in order to get the L1 extension approved.

 

  • For L1 existing offices, to get the extension approved, the specific foreign company that you worked for does not need to stay open and operational. There just needs to be a foreign company that has a qualifying relationship with the US company while you are in L1 status. However, it does not have to be the same foreign company you worked for.

 

9. L1 Blanket Visa

 

What is the L1 Blanket Visa?

 

  • The L1 blanket visa certification is for employers who frequently rely on the L1 visa to transfer foreign workers.

 

  • By getting an L1 blanket visa approval, L1 employees are eligible to apply for their L1 visa directly at the consulate without having to get their I-129 approved first.

 

Who Qualifies for an L1 Blanket Visa?

 

In order to qualify for L1 blanket certification:

 

  • The US company and all parents, subsidiaries, and other qualifying organizations must be engaged in commercial trade or services;

 

  • The US company must have an office in the US that has been doing business for one year or more;

 

  • The US company must have 3 or more domestic and foreign branch, subsidiaries, or affiliates;

 

  • And the US company and all other qualifying organizations must: 1. have obtained approval of petitions for at least 10 L1 workers within the last year; or 2. must have US subsidiaries or affiliates with combined annual sales of at least $25 million; or 3. have a US work force of at least 1,000 employees. [Code of Federal Regulations Section 214.2(l)]

 

10. How to go from an L1 Visa to Green Card

 

  • The L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa category. This means that the L1 visa is temporary and does not directly lead to a green card.

 

  • In order to go from an L1 visa to a green card, you will have to either apply for an adjustment of status, or apply for an immigrant visa abroad.

 

Adjustment of Status

 

  • An adjustment of status is when you go from non-immigrant status to immigrant status.

 

  • In order to do an adjustment of status, you must be lawfully present in the United States.

 

  • The entire adjustment of status process is done within the United States and you are not required to go abroad.

 

Apply for Immigrant Visa

 

  • Alternatively, you can choose to apply for an immigrant visa abroad.

 

  • This process is referred to as Consular Processing, Visa Processing, or Immigrant Visa Processing.

 

Regardless of which route you choose, you will have to apply for and qualify for an immigrant classification. Here are some potential options:

 

EB1C

 

  • The EB1C visa is an immigrant visa classification for multinational managers and executives.

 

  • The EB1A visa is very similar to the L1A visa.

 

EB1C Requirements:

 

In order to qualify for an EB1C green card, you must show that:

 

  • You were employed by a foreign company for 1 year within the last 3 years immediately prior to applying for the EB1C.

 

  • You must have worked for the foreign company as either a manager or executive.

 

  • You must be seeking the EB1C classification to work for a US employer that is a branch of the foreign company, an affiliate of the foreign company, or a subsidiary of the foreign company.

 

  • Your position with the US company must be as a manager or executive.

 

  • The US company must have been doing business for at least 1 year.

 

Work Sponsorship

 

  • Another option is that your employer can sponsor you for a green card through a job offer.

 

  • In order to do this your employer will have to apply for and get approved for a Labor Certification.
  • The Labor Certification certifies that your employer attempted to and was unable to find a qualified US worker for the position they are offering you.

 

EB5

 

  • The EB5 visa is an investment-based immigrant visa.

 

  • To qualify for an EB5 visa, you must invest a minimum of $1.8 Million (or $900,000 in certain economically depressed areas) in a US business.

 

  • You must also create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for US workers among other requirements.

 

Marriage

 

  • Entering into a legitimate, bona-fide, marriage with a US citizen or lawful permanent resident can also enable you to apply for a green card.

 

11. Conclusion

 

  • The L1 visa is a powerful option for people to transfer from a foreign company to a related US company.

 

  • With an L1 visa, you can live and work in the United States for extended periods of time.

 

  • You may also be able to convert your L1 visa to a green card through the EB1C classification.

 

  • Please note: The L1 visa is highly complex. In recent years, USCIS has become much more strict and critical over L1 petitions, based on widespread abuse. In order to give yourself the best chance of getting your L1 visa approved, you should consult with an immigration lawyer as early as possible. Your immigration lawyer will assist you from start to finish and will help you implement the best course of action.

 

Quick Recap:

 

You should now have a much better understanding of:

 

  • What the L1 Visa is

 

  • The Benefits of an L1 Visa

 

  • The L1 Visa Requirements

 

  • Common Issues Regarding Managers, Executives, and Specialized Knowledge Workers

 

  • Special Rules for L1 New Office Petitions

 

  • The Documents are Needed to Apply for an L1 Visa

 

  • How to Apply for an L1 Visa

 

  • L1 Extensions

 

  • The L1 Blanket Visa

 

  • And How to go from an L1 Visa to Green Card

 

This is a lot of highly technical and detailed information. If you have any questions, or if you need help filing your L1 petition, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m a US immigration lawyer and I would be happy to help you.

 

Ashoori Law if a full-service immigration law firm focused on helping working professionals get visas to the United States.

 

Got a question? Lets Talk!

 

Resources:

 

 

  • Business Immigration: Law and Practice, 2nd Ed. Chapter 11 L1 Visas and Nonimmigrant Status

 

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Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
Julien Jeanneau
17:38 07 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was great, even with the current situation, everybody always answered promptly and comprehensively to our questions. They made my adjustment of status a smooth and seamless process. I definitely recommend their service... !read more
Dispatch S
03:09 06 Jul 21
I worked with Lahaina and James. Both are so helpful. I wanna give more than five star for their excellent guidance and professional service. I must recommend their service.
Nael Gharzeddine
00:40 02 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was not my only experience with a US immigration law firm but it was the real one. I will not speak of others, but will list what to expect from Ashoori Law.Expect energetic and dynamic people to be on your case, so... if you call or message or email, they are faster than you in responding,Expect creative and resourceful minds to find you solutions, so if plan A was risky, you know there is a plan B and a plan C,Expect decency, much from the owner and as much from his colleagues. I can’t emphasize this enough, but you will be treated with the highest standards of decency,Expect real concern in your best interest, a clear understanding of time and resources available and a sincere will to get you the best results,Expect clarity from everyone while they make sure your spirits remain high and your expectations remain reasonably high too,And finally, expect to get what you were promised because these guys don’t give vague answers or empty promises.I know that at times I was demanding, nervous, anxious, and doubtful, but they met that with confidence, understanding, and taking my concerns very seriously.I could have left a review of a sentence or two, but Micheal Ashoori and his colleagues are exemplary and exceed expectations in what they do. Highly recommended.read more
Linus Verus
18:26 01 Jun 21
Hands down, Ashoori Law is a firm that you can rely on. As a greencard holder working abroad, It can be quite a struggle to do your own legwork in applying for a travel document especially in these trying times with the pandemic. I tried looking up... other lawfirms that could help me but found that they seemed more interested to engage me in a chargeable phone consultation rather than answer my questions. Then I came across Ashoori's Youtube channel with videos providing valuable information and updates on immigration laws and that's when I decided to look them up on Facebook to learn more about them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can actually book a free phone consultation with them and so I did. They will explain everything clearly and answer all your questions so that you can decide for yourself and weigh out if your situation calls for their service. Sign up was so simple and the guidance with the documentations were so easy to follow. A sharp contrast to the time when I did my own filing, where I had to book an appointment with a USCIS field office only to find that they don't accept applications there. I've had to do the runs to review the tediously worded process from the USCIS website, print documents, mail them and hope that it gets through without hitting a snag (it did). With Ashoori Law, I definitely felt represented and truly was by a professional team that kept me posted and were very responsive to my questions. I've had a recent change of address which they quickly filed for me at no extra cost. All I had to do was wait until my travel document was granted which I received in the mail via express courier. Great value for professional services from beginning to end. Easy to engage with. A big thanks to the Ashoori team for getting me through this process free of stress. Folks, save yourself from pain. Get representation from Ashoori Law!read more
Steven Tadros
18:50 20 May 21
I had a very positive experience getting my TN visa as a Canadian. The firm was very helpful, quick in their replies and helped guide us in filing the right documents in order to get the approval. This was important for me in a time where the... approval for a new job was fundamental. I am grateful and would recommend their services.read more
Dean Katz
17:23 20 May 21
Michael Ashoori is an outstanding professional. He knows the details of his practice. He will get his clients through difficult times with knowledge and with care.
Dawit Gezaw
01:35 07 May 21
I recommend 100%
Sofia Malferrari
22:32 05 May 21
Amazing service. I had a conversation with Karla who helped me get the big picture of my situation. She's a smart and lovely person to talk with. I 100% recommend their service!
Harsh Patel
19:34 04 May 21
They guided me really well through the process for my mom's travel document. Prompt response and processing of application. Ms. Karla helped me really well. I just explained my mom's situation to her and she guided me based on that really well. The... youtube video updates on new immigration stuff from Mr. Michael are really helpful too. Ms. Milena helped me really well to get my mom's travel document delivered to my address. Very reliable service.read more
Liza Macaspac
17:14 03 May 21
Just recently we got our E2 approval by the help of lawyers and staff of Ashoori Law office. They been very responsive with all my queries, full of knowledge and advance technology that can easily upload my documents without going to their office. I... would not hesitate to recommend to my relatives and friends who will be needing help to process their visa. It is also been help that Attorney Michael Ashoori who always sending updates about immigration policies and changes through his vlog that can watch in YouTube and now tiktok. It's a big help for us to be updated and learn about US immigration law and policy. Thanks to my laywer Lahaina Araneta, Atty Michael Ashoori and the rest of the staff and manager in this office. You are all such a big help and very professional in handling our case. Thank you!read more
Alexander Simpson
22:06 29 Apr 21
Exceptional service, professionalism and respect towards their clients!
LINDA NHAMBU
05:08 23 Apr 21
I had the privilege of being represented by Ashoori Law in filing for a re-entry permit. They were highly exceptional, professional, detailed and well versed with immigration law. I was extremely pleased with their services especially how they... followed up with USCIS and gave me constant feedback. Ashoori Law works diligently on your behalf , and I truly felt like I was their only client.Thank you for the outstanding service .read more
Nupur Dave
02:36 10 Apr 21
I used Ashoori law for my permit application. What I loved about working with them is the care that they took of me and my case. They were genuinely interested in helping me. They were responsive and give me almost personalised attention by... answering all my questions in detail.I also loved the way they manage the cases Through a dashboard where you can see the latest status of your case. It really helped me access the status of my application at any time I wanted.Their fee was very reasonable. Their understanding of the legal implications of my application was comprehensive. I intend to continue to use their services in the future. 👍read more
Ricardo de Santiago
22:44 02 Apr 21
Ashoori Law firm provided outstanding service to my immigration need. Lahaina Araneta, Esq. helped me obtain the highly sough-after TN Visa as a Management Consultant and I couldn't be more grateful. The staff is very friendly, responsive, and... knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm.read more
Zohir Berkane
16:14 25 Mar 21
Miss Karla was really nice and very helpful. She was answering all my questions and gave me many advices. Miss Karla, thank you so much, you made my day.
Jane Lopez
17:08 19 Mar 21
The best Law Firm I have ever called. Very friendly Staff. Was able to answer my inquiries right away. And was able to solved my Problem. Thank you so much Ashoori Law.
Elsha Shaju
22:01 11 Mar 21
I would highly recommend the firm Ashoori Law for any immigration cases or concerns and had a great experience with, Mr.Rohit Srinivasa. I am very much satisfied and will look forward working with them in future for any related cases. Best Wishes to... the entire team and sincere thanks for all your efforts.read more
Ravil Sharma
04:25 11 Mar 21
Ashoori Law were able to accommodate me quickly enough to meet my deadlines. They have been helpful throughout the entire process, answered many questions and always got back to my emails or voice messages in a timely manner. Michael and his team... are professional. I came across them after not completely satisfied with the work of my previous immigration law firm as they were cheaper. I then teamed up with Ashoori law and saw a huge difference from the first consultation and continue to see that standard throughout. I highly recommend to anyone to chose Ashoori law, it can be a daunting experience if not handled properly. However Michael’s team have done so many times before will manage to take the stress out and take care of business at hand.read more
Donna Hua
23:59 10 Mar 21
The team has all the right ingredients to success: Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and informative. What more could you ask for?
Mahendra Satya
22:27 05 Mar 21
Initial consultation was great, able to clear my doubts in single shot, thanks Karla
Shaheen Ali
19:05 05 Mar 21
I am Canadian born citizen who had a general question in regards to moving to the US. I spoke to Karla Samayoa. I must say my consultation experience was nothing but exceptional. I had a general inquiry on the preferred methods of obtaining a visa... with dual intent. Karla was extremely helpful and answer any question I had from her. For anyone is not sure which path they should take in terms of immigration, book a free consultation with Ashoori Law. Ask for Karla, she is hands down the best person to ask for advice.read more
Susan Borzou
03:41 05 Mar 21
I couldn't be more blessed by finding Ashoori Law on google. Mr. Ehsan is so professional and helpes his clients from the heart, which was genuinely precious for me. I am also thankful for the bunch of useful videos they have on youtube 😇
Sarbjit Singh
04:49 25 Feb 21
Michael Ashoori is the Quickest ANSWERING Immigration Lawyer in the entire USA, even it’s 08:38 pm In west cost Los Angels and I texted him thru google and he immediately replied to me Question and answer booked my Free appointment for tomorrow... which is gonna be February 25 ,Well I feel very positive about it so let’s see what happens TomorrowJust want to sayThank you MichaelBestSabiread more
Ale
00:03 24 Feb 21
Karla Samayoa was very knowledgeable regarding my case and gave me thorough advise. She was very professional and kind. I will definitely look of Ashoori Law's help should I have a case to proceed further. I recommend to contact them for your legal... case regarding immigration.read more
Harim
01:10 10 Feb 21
Ashoori Law was very helpful throughout the whole process of applying for a travel document (re-entry permit). I asked them to process my case ASAP and they tried their best to expedite the process. They were informative and responsive. The most... helpful part was their prompt responses to my emails, especially given the pandemic situation. Also, their online system for filling out necessary documents was convenient and allowed me to easily track my case status. Overall, I definitely recommend working with them!read more
Natasha Methwani
00:49 10 Feb 21
We are really impressed with their services. Really professional, knowledgeable, up to date with all immigrantation changes. Our case got approved. We will recommend them for any immigration services.
Jaskiran Dhillon
17:05 03 Feb 21
My friend Ujjwal recommended Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. Had an amazing consultation with Rohit. He was very helpful and kind. He gave me ample time, guidance and resolved all my queries. I am looking forward to work with Ashoori Law Firm. Keep it up,... Rohit. Good Luck.read more
Emily S.
16:00 26 Jan 21
When I decided to engage an immigration attorney in December, I knew I needed someone that had a track record of successful execution, had a support team that could collaborate to expedite the timeline, communicated professionally, and most... importantly, was confident in my ability to get the case approved.I interviewed thirteen highly experienced immigration attorneys that were recommended by my extensive business network. I came across many issues. First of all, I was quoted astronomically high rates with long timelines. I was recommended visas that did not fit my needs, which would ultimately result in more lengthy filings and high fees. Many of these attorneys had their own private practice where they had a bias towards one type of visa they were specialized in, so they recommended immigration solutions that did not meet my profile whatsoever. Further, they did not have a strong and large enough team so they couldn’t confidently work on an expedited timeline. On the other end of the spectrum were the attorneys who worked at large firms with hundreds if not thousands of employees – they recommended the most expensive and lengthy visas, which were unrealistic for my budget and timeline.When I shared my difficulty finding an immigration attorney with a friend of mine who is a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, he was quick to recommend Michael Ashoori. After only a few minutes of speaking to Michael on the phone for our initial consult, I knew Ashoori Law could help me with my immigration case because of their customized approach, experienced team and confidence in the visa they were recommending. Over the course of a week, I worked with his team to put together a stellar and thorough case. A few weeks later, we received an approval! Working with the Ashoori Law team on my case was a great experience! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs US immigration services.read more
Roberto GCB
23:38 11 Jan 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was really! Lahaina Araneta helped me through out all of my visa process and everything was really amazing. They really pay attention to every detail and try to deliver the best case possible. Totally recommend it!
Sameer Agashe
23:08 29 Dec 20
Keep up the good work!
Yousuf Dadi
02:34 29 Dec 20
I had a great experience with Ashoori law Working with Lahaina has been great. She is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. I would strongly recommend this firm. I would like to thank all team of Ashoori Law from bottom of my heart.... They respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration,guidance,help and time. Thanks in bunchesread more
Rhys Gray
22:07 28 Dec 20
Rohit is a credit to the company. Really took the time to listen to & understand our situation, then talked us through all of our suitable options clearly & concisely with a friendly & pressure-free manner. Absolutely would recommend to anyone who... needs help & guidance in navigating what can be an incredibly confusing processread more
karla marro
05:23 22 Dec 20
Michael and Lahaina are the best they support me from the beginning and always answering my questions and concerns and following up so I super recommend them !
3 Dots IT Solutions
18:20 07 Dec 20
I just want to say Ashoori Law firm has been the best I ever dealt with. Starting from the front desk receptionist, everybody is very professional and responsive. Lahaina is my attorney whom I worked with. She is very well organized and guided me on... the right direction towards a successful approval of H1 for my consultant. To my surprise, there wasn't a RFE at all. Thanks so much for your service and I would highly recommend them for any immigration related service.read more
Art E
18:49 30 Nov 20
After multiple, futile attempts to seek Immigration Attorneys who are knowledgeable in worker visas (specifically L1A), we were finally able to find Ashoori Law! Our first L1A case submitted to Ashoori Law was successfully APPROVED. Despite the... most recent restrictions and suspensions with worker visas, Ashoori Law was able to put forth a compelling petition. Ashoori Law's internal processing systems and network of subject matter experts makes submitting a petition much easier and understandable. Highly recommended!read more
Jaco
23:58 19 Nov 20
Working with Michael and his team has been a great experience. You can see they have been doing this for years and everything is very well organized. I would highly recommend them for any immigration or visa requirements.
ujjwal luthra
18:43 13 Nov 20
I had wonderful Chat with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. He was very kind, loyal and helpful. He is truly an asset for the firm. Looking forward to work with Ashoori Law firm. Keep it Up. Stay Blessed.Good Luck.🤝
Karthik Easwaran
16:47 10 Nov 20
Rohit S was very responsive!
Kemi Bamidele
18:26 05 Nov 20
Ehsan Mehri was very professional and compassionate when I spoke to him. He answered all my questions and I was so at peace after speaking to him. I absolutely recommend this law firm. They are a bunch of geniuses and they know what they are doing.
Lung Lee
05:02 29 Oct 20
Professional, kind and really helpful. I'd like to special thank to Rohit for his passion and caring.
Deepak Chandani
19:10 23 Oct 20
Michael, Lahaina and team are the best immigration lawyer firm - I wish I had them before I see the difference in service they are very responsive and professional. They got my H1B approved for three years.
Vincent Morrow
05:57 19 Oct 20
First of all, let me tell you why you should take my review seriously. I've lived in the US for almost 14 years, and I've always kept my visa status current. So, in the past 14 years, I worked with 4 immigration law firms. I've also met, exchanged... emails, and/or talked with countless other immigration attorneys and lawyers. So, I have A LOT of experience with immigration attorneys (by the way, you should also know that there is a difference between an attorney and a lawyer. You'd want an attorney if possible). And 3 out of the 4 firms who actually worked on my case(s) were excellent (that's why my visa status is still current… obviously haha). I don't want to talk about the one (out of the 4 firms) because that one was bad (thank god, he didn't end up working on my case). I only want to talk about the good ones, and in this case, it's Ashoori Law firm. And I'd like to tell you that, if you're looking for an immigration attorney and/or an immigration law firm, look no further! You have found it! You don't even need to read the rest of my review. Just go, sign the contract, and start working with them now, period!Okay, so you've decided to read further down the line? Fine. Here is why you should choose Ashoori Law. I'm a small business owner, so I know a thing or two about how a group of people get things going and get things done. And in order for something to go right, a lot of other things have to work right as well. Your dinner tastes good? The person(s) who cooked it must have done it right. And so does the farmer who helped grow the veggies you’re having now. Similarly, Ashoori Law must be doing a lot of things right because they just got my visa extended in 14 days! How great is that!?In addition, I’d really like to talk about the one attorney at Ashoori Law who worked on my case and got my visa extended. Her name is Lahaina Araneta (I also want to mention her paralegal, Daniel Chausow, who also did a great job on my visa extension. Moreover, there may be other people at Ashoori Law who helped with my case that I don’t know about). In short, Lahaina is one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever met. She is smart, thorough, resourceful, and positive. She is a genuinely good person who actually cares about immigrants and understands the hardships immigrants go through (let’s face it. The system is stacked against immigrants in every possible way, so having an excellent immigration attorney who truly cares about immigrants is crucial). She always answers my emails within 24 hours if not immediately. She is resourceful, and she has ideas. She knows how to present a case and get positive results (I mean… you may have a good case, but you still need to present it in a good way to get the result(s) you want). And like I said, if something works right, a lot of other things must be working right as well.Okay, I’ll stop here for now (I’ll update my review and write even more as time goes on). In short, just go and work with Ashoori Law. You’ll be glad that you did. Thank you!read more
eddie lavian
21:58 16 Oct 20
MR Ashoori was amazing!!help a lot with the case. Thank you
highland cell24connect
18:45 12 Oct 20
I give an excellent 5 star review to Michael Ashoori law firm and his team especially Lahaina Araneta for their excellent service for E-2 approval. The whole team is very professional and detail oriented and they provide response very promptly.... Along with being compassionate towards their clients, they provide amazing legal advice on immigration matters which helps clients get approval in quickest time possible. Hats off and highly recommend to others !!read more
Life Mizrahi
19:30 08 Oct 20
I would like to thank Michael Ashoori and his wonderful team!We had a very complicated immigration situation that he and his team were able to clear up and accomplish our goals.The price was very reasonable and The timing was excellent.Thank... you for all of the wonderful work.read more
chaya mizrahi
19:17 08 Oct 20
We had a very difficult situation with our legal immigration status and thanks to Michael and his Wonderful team they were able to fix everything within a reasonable amount of time and for a decent price.We highly recommend this team of attorneys... for all of your Immigration needs and beyond.read more
Bhavna G
21:10 29 Sep 20
Phenomenal service! Rapid response and attention to detail. The team were extremely diligent with the entire process and kept me up to date through the process! We had lots of hiccups with USCIS and CoVid causing multiple delays. I was extremely... impressed by Lahaina and her team. Right until the very end they messaged me, shared updates and provided guidance on next steps. Phenomenal service and. I’ll definitely be using them again. Thank you to the entire team at Ashoori law! I couldn’t have gotten through this process without you!!I highly recommend for all your immigration legal needs!!! Thank you so much!read more
Gene Boekhoudt
02:22 29 Sep 20
Lahaina Araneta of ASHOORI LAW was instrumental in assisting me to get my E2 Visa. The service was always on point and result driven. I was always well informed and prepared for my Interview.I highly recommend using the service of ASHOORI LAW.
Umesh Joshi
20:49 26 Sep 20
It was very nice experience and really helpful for all kind of services
Dmitry Bak
23:46 13 Sep 20
Michael helped us a lot preparing and sending all the needed documents to USCIS. We were very squeezed in time, and I even had to drive from SF to LA to deliver the originals in person, quicker than USPS or Fedex could do, to save one day. Michael... met me in his office at night time, so kind! During the entire period, Michael's team kept us informed about every single step they did, and finally we got all the needed approvals from USCIS. I highly recommend Michael, his company is a great example of how an ideal lawyer/attorney should work.read more
Freuet Solutions LLC
22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
Tarek
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near future.read more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your case.read more
Allen Pourkhomami
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of others.read more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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