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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03:47 30 Dec 21
Ashoori Law is an excellent law firm. They helped me get my Re-entry Permit. Michael and his team are very professional, helpful, and responsive. The responded my emails (questions and concerns) all the times and they kept me up to date on... everything. I highly recommend this law firm. Thank you so much!read more
Harry Duggal
20:02 21 Dec 21
We have been working with Michael Ashoori and his team for almost a year now and appreciate everything they have done. They are quick to respond back with all our questions. They update us quickly with new information. They have made the whole... process easy and less stressful for us. Highly recommended!read more
Amit Pardasani
20:00 20 Dec 21
Amazing ExperienceAshoori Law firm is a fantastic law firm , they have a great team , especially Micheal , James & Lahaina who helped me in my case and answered and my questions patiently.I would highly recommend Ashoori Law firm
Meg Clohessey
23:41 14 Dec 21
I found Ashoori Law in TIKTOK. I watched and followed Atty. Michael and we decided to seek counsel and assistance for green card application thru Marriage. My husband and I are satisfied with their job. Starting from gathering documents towards... receiving my card. I trusted them because they absolutely know how USCIS operates. I told my family and friends to watched his tiktok/youtube videos and not hesitate to set an appointment because they have a friendly and helpful staff. More Power to you Ashoori Law!!!read more
Sejin Kim
17:21 14 Dec 21
Everyone at Ashoori Law was very thorough and was able to answer all questions I had for my unique situation. I was able to really trust them with their level of expertise and experience. From the initial consultation and throughout the process of... gathering everything needed for the application, everything was simplified as much as possible and they held my hand all the way to make sure my case is taken care of with no issues, even though we were in different time zones. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anybody for immigration. Thank you so much Ashhoori Law!read more
Ousseynou Barry
23:15 13 Dec 21
My name is Ousseynou Barry, and I have lived in the U.S. since 2018. I am a permanent resident and am of the clients of Ashoori Law. I would like to share a comment to that extraordinary office and to fantastic employers who make my case approved... in less than 6 months. I strongly recommend to all immigrants who wish to get their family in the U.S. to come to Ashoori Law because of their competence and ability to treat cases with brilliance. I am so grateful for all of them who make possible my dream which is to get my family in the U.S.read more
Yousuf Dadi
22:41 13 Dec 21
The best lawyer ever!!! Mishael Ashoori is best choice. I recommend him as the best immigration lawyer I am happy with the service and the outcome.Efficient ,timely ,informative and friendly service his firm provides is impressive Highly recommend... .Micheal is wonderful attorney and his team respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration, guidance ,help and time. I appreciate Lahaina Araneta and James blunt for working on my case .read more
Tal Dror
23:20 10 Dec 21
I had a pretty complex situation after I messed up my first re-entry permit application and needed some professional help to sort things out and re-apply. I couldn't find a better firm to work with. Everyone - starting from the free consultation, to... the awesome attorneys and the superb paralegal team were absolutely amazing! Super nice, responsive, and professional. I got all my questions promptly answered, even on more general topics that didn't directly concern the application. Oh, and the fees are super reasonable too! I just got my application approved a few days ago thanks to them. Look no further, just go with Ashoori Law, satisfaction guaranteed.read more
ladan tabar
19:45 09 Dec 21
It has been a great pleasure working with Ashoori law. They have been very professional and took care of me like a family. I highly recommend them to anyone needing immigration help.
jimmy garcia
18:08 09 Dec 21
At Michael Ashoori office they helped me to get my re-entry permit, they are very professional responsable, they take good care of people, i recomend them 100%
Clarina He
01:25 07 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been so helpful, attentive, and empathetic when it has come to helping my fianceé and I apply for a US visa! I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful team and we are so grateful we get to embark on this journey with Ashoori... law!read more
Nicole Baca
23:21 03 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been from the beginning very responsive...most of the time responding to emails within minutes! Also very professional and knowledgeable. I can't recommend them enough. Thank you all for providing a great service.
Simone Malferrari
01:48 03 Dec 21
I personally had to change my status from the student vis (F-1)to E2,the Ashoori team walked me step by step through the process and was always available to answer my questions through phone calls and emails.Throughout the process I always felt I... could rely on their expertise and that the steps they were taking were in my best interest to achieve my goal of creating a business here in the US and be able to operate it in the best possible way.I absolutely recommend the Ashoori team!read more
Algirdas Laurinavicius
14:46 02 Dec 21
Thanks a lot Michael Ashoori. Everything went so smoothly and super fast. We are glad that we choose You. Definitely recommending to all our friends.
David Ham
04:56 23 Nov 21
Ashoori law is a Fantastic law firm, as soon as I signed on they got to work right away and they got our E2 approved in a timely matter and everything went very smoothly. Anytime I had questions they had the answer. I felt our case was in good... hands. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and they work hard to keep up to date with all the latest changes in immigration law. Highly recommend.read more
Raghavan VS
03:55 23 Nov 21
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law, they were able to assist with my case professionally and get the approval with out back and forth queries in first goThank you !
Alain Nangha
02:29 23 Nov 21
I don't like to write reviews because my English is poor but for Ashoori Law I have to.I have hired lawyers before but I surprise for the professionalism of Ashoori Team.After the consultation I did with Michael Ashoori I realized the knowledge of... the law , I hired him and just received 2 days ago 4 approvals letters from immigration for my kids.Thank you Michael Ashoori good job.read more
Peppe Öhman
15:01 20 Nov 21
Me and my husband immediately knew Ashoori Law was the law firm we wanted to help us with our green card application. The approach of this firm is friendly and professional. All our inquiries were answered rapidly and we felt very secure in out... journey to permanent residency.read more
Mohamed Zaghloul
02:39 20 Nov 21
I would like to thank Ashoori Law team for their great service. I highly recommend them, I had an excellent experience with this superb team. They are very attentive, responsive, friendly and professional. They provide outstanding service with... reasonable fees. Also, I follow Ashoori on TikTok and I learned a lot. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!read more
Nigma Talib
22:35 17 Nov 21
Excellent service
Simon Holland
00:24 10 Nov 21
Had a great experience with the team from Ashoori Law from start to finish.
Kritika Shah
22:41 09 Nov 21
I had a very good experience with this law firm. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.
Akolom Gebreamlak
03:45 09 Nov 21
Friend of mine recommended for Ashoori law firm for my spouse adjust status application.All team members at Ahoori law firm are responsive and professional. My spouse application approved with their help. I recommend ashoori law firm anyone who... want apply any immigration application.read more
Winta Alem
18:29 08 Nov 21
Ashoori Law team went out of there way to show us they cared and give us the best service. So far Because of them my green card application process is going very well. I really recommend to anyone who is looking immigration process advice.
Heena Saini
18:11 08 Nov 21
They are very professional. I got my EAD card with the help of Michael on time. His team is really responsive and hard working. I was really worried about my application. But they made my life easier. Thank you. Highly recommended if anyone wants to... apply for adjustment of status.read more
Mohamed Gharib
17:52 08 Nov 21
I had the chance to work Ashoori Law office and team. They were able to help with my case in a very professional and efficient way. very grateful for their help.
Fazel Roustaei
06:04 07 Nov 21
Thank you Michael Ashoori to you and your team for your continued help with my adjustment of status application! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to any who need a great friendly team. Always honest and highly efficient and helpful. Definitely great... customer service and professionalism. Very precise, orderly and organized with a great platform to get the documents in. Thank you all again for your invaluable help!read more
Rahul Nair
21:16 06 Nov 21
Had an excellent experience dealing with Ashoori Law! Michael and the team made everything seamless + efficient without lots of back and forth. Thank you!
Peter lazarczyk
11:33 05 Nov 21
Ashoori law was available to answer any question or deal with any issues that came up. Their expertice in the process was a obvious and their knowledge of the system will achive your goals faster.
A A
03:20 05 Nov 21
Very good immigration lawyer and prompt services, highly recommended. I always love reading their newsletters and emails which have relevant info and helpful services. Definitely my go to immi team state side. Big ups Ashoori Team✊🙏 -... Anand ALread more
Flawless Stone
00:49 05 Nov 21
From the comments, I am giving 5 stars 🌟 ⭐🌟⭐🌟
Aida Walker
23:55 04 Nov 21
Thank you Ashoori Law! I got my reentry permit thanks to you.
Anthony Depatie
18:02 03 Nov 21
Ashoori Law were great, responsive, and attentive partners. Their intake and case management technology also made the process as seamless as immigration proceedings can be.
Van thang
01:19 30 Oct 21
They quick respond
Vw
18:17 28 Oct 21
Micheal and his team were extremely professional and responsive right from the get go as they walked us through the entire immigration process and handled everything in a timely manner. The most impressive thing was all the paperwork and... documentation was handled through their cloud platform which brought transparency and clarity to the whole process.read more
Bar B
18:43 27 Oct 21
Ashoori law has assisted and keeps assisting me in a proffessional manner ever since I first aproached them. To me, immigrations matters can be very complex and cause great distress, however my many questions and concerns are always addressed in a... timely manner. I have a few immigrations issues and having such a dedicated team backing me puts my mind at ease.read more
Travis Martin
03:10 26 Oct 21
Thank you!
Matt Grayson
17:52 25 Oct 21
I am greatly satisfied with the services provided by this law firm (marriage based green card). The responsiveness and accuracy of provided information exceeded my expectations. Thank you for your help.
Edmund Yang
01:29 21 Oct 21
Mr. Michael Ashoori. Thank you for your help. If I need any immigration service, I will definitely work with you. Your law firm and every staff member of your firm is professional and helpful. Your employees even helped solve some unrelated issues.... Highly recommend to your future clients.read more
Aman Ahuja
19:27 20 Oct 21
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori firm. Michael and team are super helpful and extremely knowledgeable people in the market right now. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. Best part is... YouTube videos from Michael which helps us in keeping posted with latest news from USCIS.read more
Raveena Mathur
20:44 14 Oct 21
Ashoori Law is amazing! We collaborated with Jesser and I only have great things to share about the experience . Extremely accountable, humble and responsive work by him. Whole immigration process is hard but having him by our side was such a... blessing. Those difficult times with no answers, were made easier by Jesser. Would highly recommend:)read more
Ahmed Mohamed
02:37 14 Oct 21
I highly recommend Ashoori Law and the team that works there. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. I will certainly continue to use their service.
Annette llanera
17:35 12 Oct 21
I like Ashoori law office because they are very good. They helped me with my papers to get my permanent residence card .All the staff were professional and responsible. Ashoori law office is very trustworthy and I highly recommend... this to my friends. A million thanks to all the staff and most of all to Michael Ashoori .God bless us..read more
Mufakhar Raza
19:46 11 Oct 21
They've been really helpful. Responded to all my questions and everything went really smooth so far. Strongly recommended!
Amit Patil
14:55 11 Oct 21
I am very happy with the service provided by Ashoori Law firm. I have processed my green card and employment authorization card from Ashoor Law. They are very professional and responsive.Throughout in my green card process Ashoori Law is very... cooperative, knowledgeable and supportive in the process. I really recommend Ashoori Law firm for the immigration law services.read more
Alannah Paul
18:12 10 Oct 21
Great experience with Ashoori Law. Very straight forward process and additional guidance provided when we needed it. Took me 5 months from application to interview for a spousal green card. Very pleased with the service and outcome!
Rijo Joy Kattukaran
16:51 10 Oct 21
My experience so far with Ashoori Law has been awesome. I was in a hurry as it was years of waiting, and then the turn came up quickly, I had to act fast, am very glad I made the decision to choose Ashoori Law. Right from the initial request for a... consultation, the entire team was very responsive, attentive, prompt, detailed oriented. They were very transparent, with their fees (which is very reasonable) and clear. Especially during this pandemic made it as much as they could easier for me through virtual online submissions as much as possible. Ashoori Law exhibited had prepared documentation which was very easy to fill in and complete. Special mention to Lahaina Araneta, who helped me with all my queries and I hardly had to wait more than a day for all those to be answered. Though my journey is still not yet complete, would use Ashoori Law for any of my future needs and also would recommend them for all who is looking for immigration needs. Again a big note of thanks for all your help.read more
ALI ALNASAR
21:26 08 Oct 21
They are quick to respond and answer any questions I have. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easy to understand. This is the most professional office I had dealt with!
Seann Farrell
01:36 08 Oct 21
Citizenship acquired from beginning to end in under 10 months. Professionally prepared paperwork, documentation easy to submit online, very pleased with the outcome. Without the professional services of Ashoori Law there's a good chance delays and... issues could have occurred. I recommend Ashoori if peace of mind is your goal.read more
Juliana Chen
21:30 04 Oct 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was excellent. The teams were very attentive, always there to help with any of my questions. Always quick to respond and deal with any of my concerns. They are very knowledgeable and professional. I couldn’t be more... pleased with the services that they provided to me. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone with legal needs.read more
amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
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
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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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