Indian Nationals are the Largest Beneficiary of H-1B and L-1 Visas

As one of the world’s fastest growing economies with a souring middle class, US companies are noticing the tremendous business opportunities that exist in cooperating with their Indian counterparts.  

Two Types of Visas pulling ahead

In order to keep the growing stream of business between the two countries, two categories of visas which keep the vibrant trade and innovation continuously pulling ahead are:

  • the H-1B visa for skilled workers, and
  • the L-1 visa which allows businesses to transfer qualified employees to their operations in the United States.

As the world’s largest beneficiary of the H-1B and L-1 visas, 65 percent of all H-1B visas and 37 percent of L-1 visas were issued to Indian nationals alone.

In addition to H-1B and L-1 visas, tens of thousands of Indians travel every year to the United States on B-1 visitor visas as members of the Business Executive Program.  Thus, the US Government takes special charge in ensuring that every applicant applying for a visa is going for legitimate travel purposes which requires the Consular Section to closely evaluate each applicant individually.

Two types of L-1 Visas

Currently, L-1 visa applicants appear to generate more questions than its fellow counterparts.  Specifically, there are two types of L-1 visas individual L-1 and blanket L-1.

  1. Individual L-1 visas require a petition to be filed for each applicant and the role of the interviewing consular officer in making the decision is to ensure that the information being provided by the applicant is consistent.
  2. Blanket L-1 visas however, are designated for large firms to apply under a single petition for an unspecified number of applicants which nevertheless still requires the interviewing consular officer to evaluate each individual applicant in order to make a determination whether or not they are qualified for the visa.

Eligibility for L-1 visa

  • Qualification, in the legal context of an L-1 visa refers to the notion that the applicant works in a managerial capacity or holds specialized knowledge.
  • The rationale for establishing the blanket L-1 visa is to allow companies to quickly send qualified employees on long-term assignments to the United States.
  • As a result, the issuance of L-1 visas has been down based on the fact that companies that have applied for L-1 visas for their employees have not been able to demonstrate that the employee satisfies the definition of “specialized knowledge.”

In order to ensure that business between the two nations continues to grow, the US Embassy in Delhi has taken the following steps:  

  • All blanket L-1 visas are now centralized out of the US Consulate in Chennai and
  • the Business Executive Program is continuously being strengthen in order to offer member companies important benefits such as expedited appointments and a dedicated helpline.

Coming to the United States

Whether you are looking to work in Silicon Valley in Northern California under H-1B program or you want to enter the United States under L-1 visa program, it is always best to seek professional help from an experienced immigration attorney.

Niren and Associates is a firm with over 30 years of combined experienced in handling immigration and visa applications. The firm has offices in Los Angeles and across the United States, and in Canada.

When you feel you are ready to talk to the dedicated team of licensed immigration attorneys at Niren and Associates, you may call (213) 232-4397 or send a message to [email protected].

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