L-1A: Procedures, Application Process, and Fees

Procedures and Application Process

If you are a U.S. employer seeking to employ an L-1A beneficiary, please contact our office for more information about the application process and fees. Our experienced immigration attorney can work with you to prepare the I-129 petition with supporting documentation to be filed on your behalf.  Current I-129 processing time is approximately one month. There is an option for premium processing (Form I-907), which, for an additional fee, would speed up the processing time for the petition, guaranteeing a maximum 15 calendar day processing time for applicants who choose to use this service.

Upon I-129 approval, the beneficiary may either apply for visa issuance at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad (consular processing).

For consular processing, there are three steps in total:

1. First, our office will file a petition for a nonimmigrant worker (I-129) with USCIS and (optionally) a request for premium processing (I-907)

2. Then, upon I-129 approval, file a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) with the U.S. Department of State and schedule an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live.

3. Finally, prepare for and attend the consular interview at which the consular official will decide whether or not to issue a visa.


Attorney Fees:

Government Fees (subject to change):

  1. I-129 nonimmigrant worker petition. USCIS filing fee: $325 + $500
    (optional) I-907 Request for premium processing. USCIS filing fee: $1225
  2. Consular Processing (outside the U.S.): DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application fee: $190/person
  3. (If visa is approved through consular processing) Reciprocity fee for visa issuance. For China: $120/person

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